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  • Pyre85

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    Aug 02, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    I went to the park to chuck a frisbee about and was trading off batting a wiffle ball. Harmless fun right? Right??
    Wrong.
    Chased a pitch i shouldn't have, swung and missed, over extended and was damn near instantly paralyzed. Wrenched my lower back, can't move, takes me twenty minutes to go ten feet.... I'm in agony.
    No money to go to the hospital, but have friends with flexaril and a back brace.

    Is there anything specific I should do to accelerate healing? I can't afford to miss work and don't get vacation or sick pay :/
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 02, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    wow ... you are screwed ... lay in a hot hot bath with epson salts ... sleep on the floor on your back, with your legs lifted up on a chair .. if you can afford it go see a chiropractor and at least a massage therapist
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    Aug 02, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    Yikes, I know how that hurts. If it is swollen I would suggest that you ice it. And the best cure for back pain is actually to go on with your daily life as if nothing happened and only rest when the pain becomes to much. Lifting heavy stuff and strenuous workouts that focus on the spine should be off limits for a while.

    See whether you can afford to go to a Chiropractor.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 02, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    If you Ice, do not ice for long periods of time or you will make it worse ... Ice approx 15 minutes on 20 minutes off and definately don't ice any more after 24 hours .. if you do, then just a couple times a day for just a short time.
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    Thanks for the icing tip, I probably would have left it on for longer than that. :/
    And I can't go about my normal life, because... I cant walk. :/
    I spend minutes at a time frozen in the hallway because every attempt at a move causes immobilizing pain. I've never hurt like this before lol.
    My friend had at my back, hes had training as a chiropractor, wouldn't believe how terrified I was. but it worked, I feel a lil better. Still in agony. but better.
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    Aug 03, 2012 12:53 AM GMT
    Pyre85 said No money to go to the hospital
    hahahahahahahaa lol ur country sux
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    Aug 03, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    Pyre85 said No money to go to the hospital,
    Bullshit. Go to the ER. They'll bill you later. If you can't pay, big deal...most places that do credit checks purposely overlook unpaid medical expenses, and readjust your credit score accordingly. That's how I got my apartment. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Ouch. icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 2:59 AM GMT
    Ice is good.... now grab 2 limes ... squeeze the juice out of them... you'll get about an inch in a cup... add water NO SUGAR.... and down it. It's an extremely high bioflavanoid Vitamin C. Usually it takes the pain away within 15min and then works on the inflammation. Vitamin C is an anti inflammatory. Do this every time you notice the pain. Probably about 3 times the first day.

    It also works for asthma, poison ivy, arthritis, stings, allergies... etc.
    Hope you're feeling better soon... take care bud
  • ramblerman

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    put my back out bad like that once a long time ago. Chiro may have do do more than one adjustment. Try ibuprofen or acetaminophen or naproxen sodium. Just remember if the pain goes away you ARE STILL injured, take it easy for a week or two.
    A good soft message can help, or if you know anyone that has one of those e-stim ab contractors you might try that after a day or so.
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    robbee333 saidIce is good.... now grab 2 limes ... squeeze the juice out of them... you'll get about an inch in a cup... add water NO SUGAR.... and down it. It's an extremely high bioflavanoid Vitamin C. Usually it takes the pain away within 15min and then works on the inflammation. Vitamin C is an anti inflammatory. Do this every time you notice the pain. Probably about 3 times the first day.

    It also works for asthma, poison ivy, arthritis, stings, allergies... etc.
    Hope you're feeling better soon... take care bud

    Thanks for the tip!
    I'll Definitely give this a try.
    I don't think I have any limes handy, will a vitamin c tablet do the trick?
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    you have any friends that play baseball? you need to learn how to swing a bat. i highly doubt you'll be playing anytime soon though.
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    ramblerman saidput my back out bad like that once a long time ago. Chiro may have do do more than one adjustment. Try ibuprofen or acetaminophen or naproxen sodium. Just remember if the pain goes away you ARE STILL injured, take it easy for a week or two.
    A good soft message can help, or if you know anyone that has one of those e-stim ab contractors you might try that after a day or so.

    He's worked on me twice, the first time I was so locked up he couldn't do much, second one he got a few good cracks, and he wants to have another round. So terrifying to have someone body slamming me when I'm already dreading some wrong move making me a paraplegic.But so far each time is a lil better.
    And yeah, I'm moving slowly and carefully still. I've bumped up from a snails pace to being able to match a 90 year old arthritic, so hopefully I'' be up to a semi normal pace before too many hours of work are missed. I hate being so brooooooooke lol.
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    Boxer_Red saidyou have any friends that play baseball? you need to learn how to swing a bat. i highly doubt you'll be playing anytime soon though.

    I do and he would kick me for the poor form. Hes always trying to ge tme to swing better, but its just not my game in the first place, i only play to humor other people when they want to. I shouldn't have done alot of things I did in that swing.icon_sad.gif
    Hopefully I've learned my lesson tho lol.
    Ultimately I think it was a pile up of things. from work to working out and the day in the park. The swing was the straw that broke the camels-well, mine actually-back
    I ned to take better care of myself-lifting properly at work etc.
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    daviddoublebay saidTake Doan's backache pills, Pamprin or another brand of women's anti-cramp pills;

    Then.... Take a long, hot bath;

    Then.... Rub down with Icy-Hot.

    Sorry, I've been there where I could hardly move, too. The above REALLY helped me icon_exclaim.gif



    Sounds good. Wondering if I'll be able to get out of the bath though xD
    It should be fine though, I am marginally better. Not sure how much of that is pain killers, as others have said, so i'm trying to be as cautious as possible.
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    You're welcome. Vitamin C breaks down very quickly. You can use the pills but they won't have the kick. I use to use them all the time until i found the potency of limes. It's hard to fathom. I can see why the British made it mandatory to have them on their ships 300 years ago. Them limeys...
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Lol yup. Scurvy just isn't sexy xD
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    When i put a hitch through my hand... 6 stitches on one side 7 on the other. I only took one pain pill because the doctor asked me to. Vitamin C is one of the better pain killers. It will relax you as well.
  • Litmop

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    That sucks...and you're like 12yo. Too young to be dealing with shit like that.
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Litmop saidThat sucks...and you're like 12yo. Too young to be dealing with shit like that.

    You're far too kind, I get that alot, but I'm almost thirty. You'd never know it though, Everyone thinks I'm a teenager. I just don't act like my age too. Don't get me wrong, I'm not immature in the negative sense. I have a strong work ethic and intense dislike for any drama.
    But rather in the cartoon watching- still gets excited over nerf guns- lego loving- video game junkie kinda way.
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    robbee333 saidWhen i put a hitch through my hand... 6 stitches on one side 7 on the other. I only took one pain pill because the doctor asked me to. Vitamin C is one of the better pain killers. It will relax you as well.

    Damn we don't even have tablets, just multi vitamins. :/
    Everyone else is drinking and can't go get some either lol. My friends hooking me up with a muscle relaxer as we speak tho icon_smile.gif
  • mr_bijae

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    Get a baseball from that friend that plays. You're not going to be taking lessons for the next couple of days so just get the ball from your bud, a fresh tennis ball will work too. Lay flat on your back on the floor. Lift your hips off the floor and place the baseball to either side of your spine near the most sensitive area. Slowly put your weight into the ball and move your body so the ball rolls along the side of your spine going outward toward your latissimus dorsi.

    This will hurt like hell.... that means you're hitting the right spot.

    Doing this will stretch out the muscle that is knotted up. I never believed it would work when I had my first back spasm. However, it works. It does hurt to do it, but you can control the amount of weight you're putting on the ball with your legs. Apply as much pressure as you can stand. Work the area for five minutes, moving the ball all over the back. Then relax. Do it again a few times over the next several days and you'll get that back into shape.

    This also works on the trapezius muscles for those with tight shoulders and upper back pains.

    Cheers.
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidYikes, I know how that hurts. If it is swollen I would suggest that you ice it. And the best cure for back pain is actually to go on with your daily life as if nothing happened and only rest when the pain becomes to much. Lifting heavy stuff and strenuous workouts that focus on the spine should be off limits for a while.

    This is pretty decent advice. In the acute phase of your injury, bed rest won't kill you, but constantly avoiding activities of daily living will only make things worse in the long-term.

    Sounds like your deep core muscles might need a bit more focus in your future workouts. Maybe wait a few weeks before you begin to tackle this problem, and let your body try to sort itself out before overloading it again. If you do feel the need to exercise, keep it incredibly light, and stop as soon as the pain reaches 5 out of 10 on a 1-10 pain scale.

    Have you ever considered taking up Pilates? That stuff does wonders for lower back pain. If in doubt, see a doctor or a physiotherapist/physical therapist.

    Good luck with it all mate!
  • Pyre85

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    Aug 03, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    mr_bijae saidGet a baseball from that friend that plays. You're not going to be taking lessons for the next couple of days so just get the ball from your bud, a fresh tennis ball will work too. Lay flat on your back on the floor. Lift your hips off the floor and place the baseball to either side of your spine near the most sensitive area. Slowly put your weight into the ball and move your body so the ball rolls along the side of your spine going outward toward your latissimus dorsi.

    This will hurt like hell.... that means you're hitting the right spot.

    Doing this will stretch out the muscle that is knotted up. I never believed it would work when I had my first back spasm. However, it works. It does hurt to do it, but you can control the amount of weight you're putting on the ball with your legs. Apply as much pressure as you can stand. Work the area for five minutes, moving the ball all over the back. Then relax. Do it again a few times over the next several days and you'll get that back into shape.

    This also works on the trapezius muscles for those with tight shoulders and upper back pains.

    Cheers.

    Hey this sounds cool, I did something similar when I messed up my foot -I am either fragile or way overdo things apparently- but it definitely helped.

    @tramoplini I will definitely be looking into strengthening my core and back to prevent this form happening again. My father has a really bad back, was constantly slipping discs- and other craziness in his late 50s, It worries me that I could end up like that :/