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Day Two - Bust [Aug. 29th, 2006|07:07 am]
Zoethe
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I slept in until 7 this morning.

I'm proud of myself.

You see, by the end of the evening it was clear that my back was on the verge of going out completely. My lower back was in such spasms that when Ferrett began rubbing it I almost couldn't take it.

The last time it felt like this, I kept pushing myself. I ended up in bed for almost a week, barely able to walk to the bathroom, hunched up like Quasimodo. It was beyond miserable.

This would be decidedly worse for me than taking a day or two off to let it heal. But in the past I have always given in to the urge to keep going. This time I was smart enough to stop.

Injury avoidance: the smart thing to do.
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From: i_aldarion
2006-08-29 11:18 am (UTC)
Good on ya, milady. I am struggling with the same thing-- keep going, or just siddown and shut up and heal? Sometimes it's hard to remember that taking a break is a better long-term investment than getting things done in the now. XD The get-things-done is winning today, because I need a paycheck and I need to pack because I'm moving OUT tomorrow, but I am planning to intersperse the getting-things-done with as much rest as possible. ^^;

Feel better! Good thoughts are sent towards that sore back of yours-- I can sympathize, mine gets SERIOUSLY evil too sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 12:42 pm (UTC)
Good luck. Try to lift smart - that was part of my problem; yesterday I was shifting heavy boxes that were in an awkward corner so instead of squatting and lifting straight I was twisting and lifting from a bent position. Dumb.
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From: i_aldarion
2006-08-29 12:45 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, that hurts. I hate when I make that mistake, I sympathize. :-(

I have found that sitting loosely cross-legged and then leaning forward (carefully, and gently) can help stretch out that damaged hip-back area when it's ready for stretching. Helps keep me from getting so stiff that I can't move.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 12:48 pm (UTC)
Will try that - at home. Here at the office, people might wonder.... ;-)
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From: i_aldarion
2006-08-29 12:50 pm (UTC)
They might! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-08-29 06:52 pm (UTC)
Go to Home Depot or similar place and buy a back brace belt. When you have to do lifting, USE IT! It really makes a huge difference. With already being sore, try those 24 hour heat pads- theyreally help. Hope you feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: kythsharrie
2006-08-29 11:28 am (UTC)
As someone who suffers from constant pain (chronic back pain/fibromyalgia) I know how that can be. There are days when I feel like I want to push on--but pay for it with days of rest and weakness. It's hard scaling back, reminding one self that testing the limits is one thing; going over the line unreasonable is another.

Good to hear that you're taking it easy. :) *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 12:43 pm (UTC)
I feel for you. Have you tried yoga? I found that it was quite helpful, as long as you realize that your range of motion is your range of motion and don't try to push yourself too hard.
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[User Picture]From: kythsharrie
2006-08-29 01:09 pm (UTC)
I have. Problem is, if I exercise, I can't do anything else for the rest of the day. It wears me out. Even just taking a cute lil walk to the car from the apartment can be exhausting. So I had the choice of exercise or doing chores like dishes, dinner, and other small things.

It's frustrating, but I'm not laxing in motion, so that at least is a small blessing.



(It remains amusing--in a twisted way--when the doctor Social Security sent me to for analysis tested only my flexibility as a way of testing my pain. Um... I got full range, I just hurt.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 01:40 pm (UTC)
That has to be so frustrating.
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[User Picture]From: kythsharrie
2006-08-30 11:24 am (UTC)
It is. When you throw into the pot that nothing I've taken even eases the back pain (not to mention anything else I've tried) and the chronic fatigue. It can be very testing at times.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2006-08-29 11:42 am (UTC)
She can be taught! ;) I hope you feel better soon. I know how miserable back problems can be.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 12:44 pm (UTC)
I actually took a muscle relaxer before bed, it was that bad. (And part of the reason why getting up was all but impossible this morning!)
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[User Picture]From: raylenetaskoski
2006-08-29 11:55 am (UTC)
ThermaCare Heatwraps are the lower back spasm suffers bestest friend. I promise you.

...raylene
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 12:44 pm (UTC)
I have one of those. Must remember to use it.
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[User Picture]From: raylenetaskoski
2006-08-29 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'll have one on at work today. My lower right back has been on the verge of a spasm for 4 days now ... one good sneeze and I'm out.

...raylene
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 01:43 pm (UTC)
I also suspect that my couch is doing me in. It's nice and comfy, but not supportive. Tonight I'm going to put a cushion behind my back and see if that helps.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-08-29 06:55 pm (UTC)
As soon as my back even THINKS about acting up, I switch to a wooden kitchen chair. My back thanks me for it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm home more now, and I think my back is protesting all this luxury! Must switch chairs for movies, etc.
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2006-08-29 12:10 pm (UTC)
Feel better, sweetie. :(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 12:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I will. It's just a matter of when! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: ladyoflight2004
2006-08-29 12:23 pm (UTC)
Good thinking - hope it heals quickly.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 12:47 pm (UTC)
It feels better this morning than last night.

Other smart things:

- flat shoes that are basically sneakers posing as dress shoes;

- making myself have good posture.
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[User Picture]From: starwatcher307
2006-08-29 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Sorry for the back; good for you for taking care of it (and yourself).

I found an exercise program, years ago, that helped me a LOT. Explanation is here -- http://starwatcher307.livejournal.com/tag/help+tips

If you'd like a copy, email me your snailmail addy. rusty dot lilly at earthlink dot net.

Uh -- anyone else reading this who thinks they'd like to try the exercises -- sure. Just email me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 12:47 pm (UTC)
Will check it out when I get home. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: chrisdoesloans
2006-08-29 01:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not gonna take shots at you. I'll just say that I fall into the trap of resting to prevent injury to the point wher I do nothing that could injure myself.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 01:41 pm (UTC)
Not gonna happen. This was serious pain, but I'm dealing with it.
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[User Picture]From: pleepleus
2006-08-29 01:21 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I feel your pain. I have so many lower back issues, it's just sad.

You did the right thing. Some pain, can and should be pushed through, but back pain is NOT one of those types of pain.
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[User Picture]From: saffster
2006-08-29 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ugh...I feel for you! I had spinal surgery at age 12 to fix a congenital defect, then fell a few years ago and herniated a disc and now I have arthritis in my back. I used to hurt so much...my back would ache and throb terribly...but then I changed the mattress that I sleep on and my back doesn't bother me as much. Hot water against my back (hot packs or bath, shower or jacuzzi) helps a lot when I throw my back out. Sometimes I would just sit in the bath for over an hour, with a rolled up hot towel against my lower back. Don't know if it would help you or if you have tried it, but it helps me when it happens. Hope you feel better.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-29 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I am going to at least try a cushion or rolled towel behind my back.
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