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messed up taking off tire chains

MaggiePMMaggieP Posts: 337
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Lower Back Pain
It finally started to thaw and warm up today, so I went out to take off my tire chains. (61yr old woman). I messed up, and ended up having to get on ground and reach behind the rear tires to unhook the cables. It was a real stretch. When I stood up, my lower back hurt much more than usual. L4-5 bulging disc. Now, several hours later, my back is really stiff, and hurts if I try to straighten up. :''( Any ideas? Did I just stretch too far and this will go away? I took 2 Tramadol, but they haven't helped much yet. Next is turn on electric blanket and crawl in for a nap! Any suggestions or ideas appreciated. Thanks



  • I notice you also have facet joint problems. I had injections Dec. 6 and I'm having a little less pain and "creaking". I had problems bending back from the waist and now am more mobile. I would ice 15-20 minutes 4X day for 24 hours for muscle strain. And then go under the warm blanket. I hope the pain goes away but would follow up with your Dr. if the pain doesn't go away. And of course if the pain is extreme to go to ER. Of course you know this isn't medical advice. I know I live in the North and icing sounds so brrr cold. I hope you're feeling better soon. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I would Ice as well as this is new aggravation. After you can apply heat stretch ans ice. Heat will promote blood flow but will increase swelling, ice will serve to calm inflammation. That is the advise given to me many times after many episodes over the years. Good luck.
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  • leave the tire chains to the men to take off. It's so easy for us spiney's to have a flare up over the easiest things so don't push yourself doing things that you shouldn't. I hope you start to feel better soon.
  • Thanks for the ideas. I did ice, then napped under warm blanket for a couple hours. Somewhat better. This am, it's just my left side back and hip that hurt when walking. But my midback still hurts when I try to straighten up.
    Ming..unfortunatly, I can't leave the tire chains to the men. I am a widow now, and if I don't do things myself, they don't get done. Hopefully I won't need the chains any more this year, but I'm not betting on in. Hope you all have a good, pain-free day.

  • Maggie,
    I am so sorry. I hope I didn't offend you by that statement. I will pray for you and wish you the best of luck and better weather so you don't have to put the chains on. Do you have neighbors that could help?
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