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Old 10-24-2010, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday morning, I was loosening the lugs on the front wheel of my car so I could repaint the calipers. Low and behold, I instantly got a horrible shooting pain in my lower back. Long story short, the pain got worse to the point where I could barely walk last night. Went to the ER today fearing something like a herniated disc. Luckily the ER Doc says it is just a muscle strain. Hurts like hell...Vikodin won't touch the pain at all. Took one this morning and I might as well have not taken it at all.
Anyone else out there run into this? If so, how long before you felt right again? Have you had any reoccurrences? I'm hoping this is a one time deal. With the season right around the corner, I am hoping for a speedy recovery. I'm 37, so I won't bounce back like I used to : (.

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Old 10-24-2010, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I strained a muscle in my neck about a week ago. The pain was terrible! It would bring me to the floor if I even tried to turn my turn my head to the left. I gradually gained more range of motion each day until it was totally gone after about 4 days. I'm only 21 so I probably heal a little quicker, but I would give it a good week of rest.
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4 to 6 days is what I'm usually out when I tweak something like that. Tiger balm, heating pads, hot tubs, and ice.
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Biofreeze and icy hot patches work great.....


Just make sure to be conscious to stretch before you do weird things like that ( =
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Thanks for the responses. I am feeling considerably better and hope to be at or close to 100% by the weekend. I guess the lesson I learned here is to be sure and have better or the right posture for doing certain things. The Oxycodon and Flexerol have been an interesting perk

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Oxycodon and Flexerol I'm surprised you can even post
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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
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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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
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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).
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all valid points, I didn't go into great detail, but my point was, anytime there is that much pain. Shooting pain into legs or torso, it is usually more than a strain.

I had a buldge betweeen L3-L4 and my chiro was able to get me back into shape and working in a very physical job. This was a month of recovery, PT, xray's, MRI, Orthopedic and my Chiro.
Internet diagnosis from us, hahaha, I was just stating a Chiropractor can help to keep the back structure sound and a good Chiro or PT and help to strengthen the core muscles and proper stretching techniques.

I was picking up a computer mouse box off the floor when mine went, yes that was the final straw as years of bad lifting practices lead to that.

My companies doctor and my regualar doctor just wanted to fill me up with drugs and send me back to work, again paraphase, but he didn't take the time to find the root cause, again my point.

Either way get good doctors and get those core muscles back in shape.

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Yeah, my wife could've poured me into a glass this weekend after taking this concoction. Pretty wicked dreams too!

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