My back went out last Thursday night...

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Shananegans, May 8, 2006.

  1. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    Any suggestions on what I could do to easy this awful pain?

    It's my lower back and I'm going to guess that there was damage already starting since I have had pretty bad lower back pain for a good 2 years now (that is definitely separate from the 'typical' fibro pain I experience). Also, all I did to hurt my back was TRY TO LAY DOWN IN BED!!! Yep, that's right, I was just getting ready to lay down and something rubbed together or slipped in my lower back and I screamed in pain. I layed there for about an hour trying to decide if I should bother going to the ER and decided I should since I couldn't move without screaming and crying in pain some more.

    So I called my doctor's office emergency line to see what they thought and they told me to definitely go to the ER, and then my boyfriend called an ambulance for me since I couldn't move. The ER did absolutely nothing for me except give me a muscle relaxer and a massive pain reliever, oh and some Prednisone. The ER doctor said that my back was too swollen to bother with X-Rays. And of course this was after it took them 3 hours to get to me in the first place (and the ER was not at all busy). Fun fun.

    So after all that, they sent me home with a 4 day prescription of Prednisone 40mg and Ibuprofen 600mg, neither of which are helping worth a darn. I am also already on Avinza 30 mg twice daily (Morphine Time Released pill) and Depakote ER for pain, muscle relaxation and migraines... So I know I cannot take anymore pain killers. I have been keeping an ice pack on it regularly and have been trying to stay off my feet and away from bending as much as possible.

    I can get into to see my doctor on Wednesday but I just wondered if anyone here has any other recommendations as to what I can do to make it stop hurting so darn much. The pain goes from my lower back, down into my hips and down my left leg and it hurts like the dickens let me tell you. So any advice would be lovely and any mentions of what may have happened on experiences of others that have thrown their backs out too would be much appreciated.

    Thank you all for reading and listening! You are all really great. I look forward to reading the posts I get in return to this.

    Thanks and Hugs,
  2. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    Here's a VERY gentle hug sent your way.

    If my back went out, it would be the only part of me that did. Maybe it will go out to the movies, or to dinner, or even shopping. LOL The rest of me stays at home in bed.

    Anyway, get rest and maybe try to do some relaxation. I find that lamaze (originally for labor and delivery) works best, but don't tense the muscles up first. Just relax them one area at a time.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    God Bless.
  3. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    So sorry that happened to you. My problem is that I can not get out of bed the 'normal' way. I have to slide down the side of the bed to the floor and then hold on to the edge of the bed and rise up slowly.

    Have you thought about a visit to an Osteo doc?

    Maybe your doc can refer you and that would send him a message that 600mg. is not doing the job. You might find you have more of a problem going than you think. If it is that painful it 'ain't been fixed yet. My impression only.
    Feel better and rest up.

  4. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    Thanks for the chuckle and the soft hugs. That was a good one, and on Thursday, my back was the only one that went out... and left the rest of me here... hahaha.

    I've been doing alot of deep, relaxing breathing and discovered the hard way that crying does NOT help back pain.

  5. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    I haven't seen a Osteo doc yet and will definitely bring that up. Osteo's are bone specialists right? Pardon my ignorance... but so many types of docs and so little brain room!!! hahaha.

    I would like to see a back/spine specialist or someone that knows what the heck they are talking about because so far no one has and I know there is definitely something wrong that needs to be fixed. Laying down in bed should not be dangerous (unless of course there is wrestling involved or something)... hahaha. Thank you for the advice, I see my doc on Wednesday and will keep everyone posted as to what the decision is.

    [This Message was Edited on 05/08/2006]
  6. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    It came out of the blue.A back splitting kind of feeling.Use a heating pad to loosen the muscles.I often get shooting pains down my leg still.

    I have 2 bad discs but after several MRI's and other test,they tell me it's fibro.I hope that you feel better soon.Linda
  7. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    It sounds like a disc problem to me...

    Hubby had it happen last year when he was bending down to get my purse for me. Our local clinic's X-ray machine wasn't working but the doc could tell what was wrong by the symptoms.

    Are they going to have you back for another visit so they can X-ray you?

    If I were you, I'd buy some Therma Care pads made specifically for the back. They stay hot for sometimes over 8 hours. Just make sure they get some air to get the heat going.

    Loved the pic in your profile, but I almost couldn't see the dog since he's so black and your shirt was too, lol!!

    Haven't seen DJ on the board lately, every thing ok?


    Nancy B.
  8. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    Thank you for the words of comfort. I think it is a disk problem as well, bad joints/spines run in my family and my father has had surgery on his back a few times now for bad disks and whatnot.

    DJ is doing well. He has just been so busy trying to keep us a float, working his buns off taking wonderful care of me and helping us fully start our life together! I'll never get over how wonderful he really is. So between working around the house, working 2 jobs and filling in where I can't help right now, he barely has time to sleep, less be on the computer. But I will tell him you asked about him!!! That will make him smile. How are you and yours? Hope you are doing well! You always have such good advice to give and seem like such a sweet person.

  9. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    Is that what a D.O. is? Thank you! Pardon my ignorance but I just figured they were naturalists of sorts or something like that... Something I never thought to research. I will definitely mention it to my doctor and see what she has to say. I get to see her tomorrow (Wednesday) and that was the soonest they could get me in. Hopefully someone will pay attention this time.

    I've been complaining about massive back pain for atleast 2 years now and it took something actually "slipping" to get some attention on the matter.

    I was on muscle relaxers for 5 years until recently when they tried taking me off of them because I kept having to switch to different kinds to keep them working. I guess taking me off wasn't such a good idea either... silly doctors. Thank you for your recommendations! All are very very appreciated... I wish I could go into my doctor's office with an army of people who are going through this and that and whatever else, maybe then someone would listen right? hahaha... well I can wish anyways.

  10. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    I have found that if I use moist heat, it does help. I really need to get a new heating pad! Mine is so old it has the flowery cover on it and when you set it on LOW it feels like it's going to melt your skin off... but I do have one of those microwavable corn bag/sack things that one of my college roomy's mom's made for all of us, that thing is a godsend.
    Thank you for the recommendations!

  11. Butterfly23

    Butterfly23 New Member

    My back goes out even if I drop something or bend over to plug something in an outlet.

    I have been going to the chiropractor and he sets me right. I would suggest a chiropractor that uses the hand thing. (I think its called a adjucator?). I also have had trigger point shots in my lower back, lasted a little over a month. I feel the pain returning.

    Also, remember when getting trigger point shots, u will gain weight. I gained 10 pounds. The Dr. said I can walk each week and lose 1 pound per week.

    I also have had x-rays and the result was the beginnings of osteo-arthritis. Something normal for women in their 40's.

    I was told to bend like a golfer. One leg up when bending.

    Hope some of this helps. Its hard when the kids are their and they can't move you. I just lay for a few days till it eases up but I missed alot of work because of it.

    I am now unemployed. I even walked 2-4 miles a day. Make sure to wear the right shoes and eat right. Omit caffeine, acid foods, eat healthier.
  12. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    I so glad it helped.The old remedies come in handy sometime;If you feel swelling anywhere ice will help.For these pains though,the heat is all that works for me.
  13. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    I hope by now you're beginning to feel some relief in your pain. It's pretty crappy when even the smallest movement can cause so much pain.

    I know they do cost some money, but I hope you'll consider the ThermaCare heating pads that you wear around your back. It's the only thing I can think of that will give you CONSTANT heat and warmth that will help your pain.

    I worry about the regular heating pads because they usually have to be adjusted or reheated throughout the day, and I know moving around can't be too pleasant right about now.

    DJ, I'm honored you answered and took the precious time for me...and in awe of all you do. I know you're working your butt of for both of your futures, but take a little time to take care of yourself too.

    This is something I usually tell the women here, but it works for you too. You can't take care of anyone else if you're not taking care of yourself.

    Take a minute, take a breath or just lay in the grass and watch the clouds go by...but please take care of yourself too. It sounds like you're doing a great job taking care of Shan and I've always admired you for that.


    Nancy B.
  14. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    Thank you again for your concern. I have been starting to feel a bit better. Getting off the couch and/or out of bed isn't as painful as it was a week ago. I am going to probably purchase those thermacare things tonight as my regular heating pad is about ready to bite the dust, I'm pretty sure it's from the 70's (a hand me down from mom... hahaha).

    I did go see my doctor on Wednesday and they did nothing as usual, no X-Rays, no nothing! Not that I'm surprised. They refered me to a Spine Specialist and I am going to try to find a D.O. I have had enough of my doctor pushing me to the side.

    DJ and I finally had a night just to ourselves last night!!! It was so nice to sit and cuddle while listening to some music, just us... and we went for a little walk because I've got a terrible case of cabin fever. The walk was a little painful, but definitely worth it in the end. I desperately needed to get out and it was nice to have some time together.

    Take care and we will keep in touch!
    Shananegans (or just Shannon)

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