Originally Posted by slyder
Chiropractor, Buldging disc pressing against the nerve. I couldn't even use the head, a sneeze was like giving birth the pain was so intense.
Ice it a lot to take the swelling down. Pain killers just cover the pain allowing you to move and inflame the damaged area more.
Been here and I don't wish this injury on anyone.
Rest and ice, speedy recovery
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT see a chiropractor if you have a bulging disc. Any good chiropractor would still treat you (most likely just have you lay on your stomach and use their 'clicker' or muscle stimulators) but if you happen to see an inexperienced/negligent/aggressive chiro that might pop your back, you'll risk rupturing your disc or worse, damage a nerve.
Having said that, it wouldn't matter if you saw a chiro or not for a simple muscle strain. Also, an anti-inflammatory (aleve/naproxen is a more potent anti-inf than ibuprofen) would most likely do you better than Vicodin. Vicodin gets rid of the pain, but doesn't get rid of the inflammation/irritation on the muscle. You're looking at around a week before it quits hurting completely.
STRETCH, stretch and do even more stretches morning, noon, and night. Yes, it hurts more while stretching, but it helps it more than it hurts it. Avoid lifting anything heavy for a few days, minimize lifting at all for a few weeks. Your muscles are the primary support for any joint in your body, and ineffective muscle means more strain and eventually damage to the secondary supporting structures (disc, ligaments, joints).