Oooooh My Back!

  1. Well I seemed to have done something to my lower back, it's my lower lumbar region.. whatever I did has me in tears and I can barely move..... and I keep getting these painful spasms..I am taking Aleve, Icing my back, and trying to stretch....but nothing helps!

    Unfortnately.. I have to work today and tomorrow...... have to go to school tonight, have a Psych test this evening and there are no make ups... and have AP lecture and lab tomorrow night 6-10:30pm, I have a quiz and my muscles pratical..... I'm in sooooo much pain I can't even concentrate!

    Called the chiropractor... can't get in until SAT!

    Boo Hoo....... any suggesstions for pain relief????????????

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  3. by   LilgirlRN
    Call your doctor and at least get some muscle relaxers, stay away from flexiril, it's too sedating, gets some skelaxin and a medrol dose pack....your friendly ED nurse, Wendy
  4. by   NurseDennie
    Do you do the panic exercises for lower back pain?

    lie on your stomach and push up with your arms, leaving your waist on the mat. This should, hopefully, center the pain and perhaps relieve enough pressure to be some help. After you've done it a few times, you should be able to prop on your elbows, and after you've been practicing for a while, you'll be able to have you arms fully extended.

    When standing up, you can put your hands on a counter or on a window sill and bend your body into the same kind of form that you have on the mat (only standing up).

    Best luck!!!!


  5. by   Beach_RN
    Thanks Dennie & Wendy!

    Just left a message for my Doc to call me back!

    Will try the exercises now.. Will let you know how it feels

    OUCH! Hope you're feeling better soon!

    Crap like this always happens at the worst time, doesn't it?

  7. by   Beach_RN
    Yes it does Heather!!

    Ok.. spoke to my Doc, won't give me the RX..... without seeing me....however he CAN'T See me till tomorrow!! I got annoyed and said WHATEVER!!

    Okay...Dennie. tried to do the excercises.... couldn't get up off the floor! The Guy I work with had to pratically carry me up off the floor! and he is not a big guy! I'm way Taller that he is.. pretty funny sight!

    I can't even function right now.... much less continue to memorize every freaking muscle!!!

    The weekend can't come fast enough..
  8. by   deespoohbear
    Sorry to hear about your back, Brenda. Back pain is one of the most frustrating pains to have, isn't it? My husband takes Skelaxin and it doesn't make him sleepy at all. One of the exercises he does for his back is to lay on the bed or floor (whatever is the most comfortable) and draw your knees up to your chest. Then move your knees left and then right so you are gently moving your knees in a back and forth movement. Hold your bent legs to the left for a count of 10, then to the right for a count of ten...Hope you find something makes you feel better soon... :kiss
  9. by   Mkue
    The exercises really do help !

    Hope you have some relief Brenda!

    Take care
  10. by   kristi915
    HEY!! I have an idea Brenda,

    First, use the rice sock like I told you earlier today. (while I was in school........naughty me) Put the rice sock on where it hurts for a while so your muscles are kind of loosened up a little, then have hubby give you a gentle back rub.....then put the sock on again...

    I bet that would feel good.................I wanna back rub now..
  11. by   Beach_RN
    OK............. I am totally worse now.........hubby just had to carry me downstairs so I could sit at desk and study.........It's really really bad...... I can't straighten out!

    Kristi I have the rice sock on Now as I type... thank you so much for the great idea!

    I j took 25mg of Vioxx about an hour ago, no relief...... b/c the Dr. never got me the muscle relaxers....

    I need to pull an all nighter studying I think I am going to take another 25 mg .

    I Just need to get through tonight and tomorrow........AP lab and lecture and that darn muscle pratical!

    Thank you all who responded!

  12. by   Furball
    Is there a walk in clinic closeby? I use those every once in awhile when My kids are sick and can't be seen by the family doc until the next day. I went once for my back and got what I appt necessary. Check the yellow pages.... explain your situation and maybe you'll get some fast results.
  13. by   GPatty
    Here's sending some love and wishes that you feel better soon....

    Wish I could help with a remedy, but I have none.

  14. by   LilgirlRN
    Everyone should be so lucky as to work in the ED, if my doc isn't on call I call one of the docs I work with and have whatever it is that I need for me or my family