: Well this blows! Help!



90Brougham350
10-08-06, 07:41 PM
I can't stand up straight! I was playing racquetball this morning (quite a rousing match) and the next thing I knew, I couldn't stand up straight anymore. I'm walking around like an Ape, and my back hurts like hell, in the lower area, where the beltline is. It's on both sides, and it hurts like mad-hell if I try real slowly to stand up real tall and straight. I took a few shots of Black Velvet and a few Ibuprophen, but it still hurts! I can't afford a chiropracter, what do I do? :crying:

illumina
10-08-06, 07:52 PM
Drink more and take a few vicodin!

Really though, do you have a heating pad to lay on for a while? How about a steaming hot, blistering bath? Apply some heat and see how that works out.

Spyder
10-08-06, 08:12 PM
HOT shower or bath. Tiger Balm or some such thing...Icy Hot, whatever you ahve or can get. Rub it on, ice it for twenty, heat it for twenty, see if you can't get someone to massage it, but not so much it hurts...bearable pain only...stretch it, slow and easy, and lots...Sounds like you pulled something and hopefully its not a slipped disk! Good luck!

AlBundy
10-08-06, 08:14 PM
I can't stand up straight! I was playing racquetball this morning (quite a rousing match) and the next thing I knew, I couldn't stand up straight anymore. I'm walking around like an Ape, and my back hurts like hell, in the lower area, where the beltline is. It's on both sides, and it hurts like mad-hell if I try real slowly to stand up real tall and straight. I took a few shots of Black Velvet and a few Ibuprophen, but it still hurts! I can't afford a chiropracter, what do I do? :crying:

Thank God it's not your penis(I couldn't resist :histeric:). Really the hot bath and heating pad or hot water bottle(if you remember these)works very well as stated above.

c5 rv
10-08-06, 08:18 PM
Have someone go to the pharmacy for you and get some of those chemical heat belts. The generic kind is as good as the name brands. In fact, the generic kind may be preferable because the generic kind I found has pockets on each side to load the heat pack, in case you only need it on one side. The advantage of the heat belts is that you can wear it away from wall plug.

I've found old fashioned aspirin to work best for me in similar circumstances. Buffered or enteric coated aspirin will protect a sensitive stomach.

Good luck.

Elvis
10-08-06, 08:45 PM
Ice is better for the first 24-48 hours.

600-800mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours. Then taper off and also switch to heat.

You've probably just got a muscle spasm.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-08-06, 09:01 PM
Ah, how I love being short! (It seems the short have less back problems)

dp102288
10-09-06, 08:41 AM
I'm short. :crying2:

Frost
10-09-06, 08:50 AM
Take this from a survivor of 2 back operations: DON'T PANIC!!

use alternating heat and ice on the lower back. Raise your legs up while laying down and bend your knees to take ALL the stress off the lower back. If you can, do this while on your side - it is easier that way.

At some point, you will be able to straighten out without too much discomfort. When that happens, go to the bathroom and GENTLY lower yourself into a hot bath with Epsom salts - the salts will relax the lower muscles and "untie" the knot they are in.

Take whatever you can for the pain and go to bed. Got any sleeping pills? If not get someone to hit the pharmacy and secure some for you. While in bed, stay either on your back or your side, with the legs drawn up and knees bent - to keep the pressure OFF the lower back. Don't stay there too long though - every specialist I know says that the key to recovery is to get up and get active.

You will get better. Beleive me.