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I strained my lumbar and sacroiliac during painting 3 weeks ago. I had a week off. Went back to work for one day, then the second day I had first aid training for two days and sat on a hard chair for most of the day. The next day I had immense pain and finished the day. I haven't been back to work as I find it hard to sit down without back support and getting up is also very painful. I find that it takes me hours in the morning to manage the pain and getting dressed. I am only on Panadol three times a day x 2 as I am also on blood thinners and have been told not to take any anti inflamm. I bought a lumbar support brace which has helped on occasion. If I sit with two cushions behind me am ok as long as I get up and walk around. Getting up is a slow process to straighten up. I can walk, I can bend, I walk one dog a day. I get tired very easily and am usually laying down after 3. I cant go back ot work as Doc said no house cleaning, no bending low and not for the full day. I work in aged and disability for the council where I live. I want to go back to work to finish before I retire in Nov this year. I am managing pain. I can do stretches, I can lift my leg to put socks and shoes on. Am having an ultrasound tomorrow to see what the damage is. I do use a heatpack or cream to warm up my back before getting out of bed in the morning. The xray showed degenerated lumbar and sacroiliac with osteo. I fell off a horse when I was 19 and fractured the sacro area, the coccyx and tailbone. The xray showed no fractures.