I have 3 bad disks in my neck from a recent MRI report. My doctor (MD) explained is more like they subluxated, (are crooked, not in alignment with the others.) And from about 20 years ago I cracked a disk in my back, not sure, I think it was T12. But I'm in pain pretty much all the time, but it's manageable with the tools the doctors have provided. I take flexeril, tramadol, Neurontin, and sulindac, as well as using a AlphaStim unit 40 minutes a day. Neurontin is 600 mg at bedtime, Sulindac is one tablet twice a day. Flexeril and Tramadol I take as needed for pain, but no more than one every 6 hours. My weight is 180 lbs on a 5'11" frame. If I put on any weight the pain gets even worse, that's enough to motivate me to keep the weight off.
A tree fell in my back yard, and I'm cutting it up as I'm able. I can stand about an hour of working on it before I have to come inside and ice the painful areas. I'm using all the tools I have, ice, Biofreeze, capsaicin HP, pills, and the alpha Stim. Also at bedtime I'll use heat for about 20 minutes, as it helps to loosen up my muscles so I can sleep.
Is there a way to tell when working on something, if the pain is causing more damage or it's not harmful?
If it's just a result of irritating what's already there then I would think as long as I can tolerate it I'm fine. I don't want to end up back in the hospital or on heavier drugs that impair my ability to carry on as normal a life as possible.