Monday, March 5, 2012

Yes folks, I've done it again.

You know you've buggered your back when:

- you make involuntary grunts, groans and moans even when you're on your own.
- you have to make a decision about wearing underwear. Pain versus dignity?
- said underwear goes on by leaning sideways rather than bending forward, and your "big toe gripping" skill is severely tested. (Think 8th month of pregnancy and beyond.)
- Socks. Forget it; you're not going anywhere anyway.
- "Personal hygiene" involves a whole packet of baby wipes.
- Dog gets fed from whatever can is at shoulder height in the pantry, even if it is tuna fish.
- you only eat so you can stomach heavy-duty pain killers.
- the notice warning that "alcohol may increase the effect of" said pain killers is a promise, not a threat

Yes folks, I've done it again. Severe damage to lower back muscles - caused by taking a bath to soothe mildly aching back, and bending the wrong way when I got out.



  1. You poor thing, been there too - Rest up, move gently, try hot and cold sprays (Sports type) on the muscles, if only to get to sleep - I also used to rely on hottle tottle bottles, as I call hot water bottles...

    Here's wishing you a speedy recovery, petal xxx

  2. Thanks. I have a plug-in heat wrap which works wonders although also seems to throw me into menopause a little when I keep it on too long! ;-)

  3. Oh gosh, there is nothing worse than severe back pain, is there? Have had it only a few times, thankfully. I get wildly impatient when it occurs. Hope you recover soon and that it is 'just' muscles and nothing more permanent. Take good care of yourself!

  4. Ah, I can relate - I ruptured a disc a few years ago after tumbling over the handlebars of my bike on a 30-mile 'fun ride.' Just managing to get out of the bed was an undertaking and I dreaded having to go to the loo - sitting was excruciating! In the last 3 years, I have had steroids and even an epidural pain injection, but some days are still better than others. The most (surprisingly) helpful thing I have found is an ice pack. It is entirely antithetical to what you would think (eg, warm, relaxed muscles=no pain) but, in fact, the ice will not only help to calm down inflammation but also make the area a little numb. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend lying down on your tummy (if you can get there) and putting an ice pack(wrapped in a towel)on the affected area for 20 minutes or so. It was the most useful thing I learned from my spine doc and it is the first thing I do when it flares up. It most definitely will not hurt you, at least, and - if it brings you some relief, may be worth a try.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  5. Owwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! Heat it/cool it keep on the painkillersd - see a sports therapist? Hope it calms down and you are back to normal soon!

  6. Hideous! Hope its all muscular and will improve very very quickly.

  7. see, it all started with taking a bath! you should've stuck to baby wipes and not wearing underwear and you'd never have got into such a state! :D

    (kidding. hope you feel better fast!)

  8. Oh no! That is horrible. I've been there many times & wouldn't wish that pain on anyone.
    As for getting shoes and socks on....... it is amazingly hard.
    Hope you are better soon.
    Maggie X

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