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Hurt My Lower Back - I'm Bored Silly !

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Sep 20, 2013.

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  1. Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer VIP Whale

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    Hurt my lower back on the job more than a week ago.
    First few days I was in a Hydocodone + Steroid Fog.
    Geez......I was out of it !
    I finally, decided to stop taking the hydrocodone and
    feel how my back was doing.
    I found I could manage without it after several days.
    *
    My second Dr. visit --
    He said "You're out another week, at least. But you should
    go to this specialist...for a cortisone disc shot."
    *
    I've witnessed these injections.....a HUGE needle !
    And I've seen these "specialists" miss the disc location +
    repeat the attempt again + again.
    I had to leave the room....just from watching !
    *
    I start Physical Therapy later, today.
    *
    However,
    My biggest complaint ?
    The boredom........ugh......
    #1) My reading glasses are at my job......which I'll pick up
    this weekend....so, I can read......finally....this should help
    with the boredom.
    #2)...I CAN"T PLAY GOLF !!!!!
    IT"S KILLIN" ME !!!!!!:grrr:
    The weather has been PERFECT, too.
    .I'm worried my season may be done !
    #3)
    I can't mow my lawn and it needs it.
    #4)
    How many times can I go to the supermarket - just for
    something to do ?
    #5)
    I have strolled downtown for some exercise --
    and now I know all the mental "out patients" and beggars
    who inhabit Main St. ( while the working people are at our jobs ).
    I passed one guy muttering incoherently -
    I said to him as I passed "Where's your cape ?"
    He stopped and said clearly "What ?...my cape ?"
    :evillaugh
    *
    I went w/ my wife + 21 mos old to a Baby Sing-a-long at the
    local library.
    My son grabbed a ball from another baby's hands --
    The mother immediately stood up are ripped the ball from my son's hands.
    I said to my wife "Some of the children,here, are bit older than you'd expect !":rolleyes2:
    *
    It got so bad the other day -
    I watched a replay of a college football game between
    U.of Rhode Island + Albany State ( NY ):eek:
    *
    I think I've read every post on this board !:evillaugh
    *
    And I have another week to go !......oh well....:rolleyes2:
     
  2. LolaDoggie

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    Join the club my friend. :wave:

    My main hobby since 2008 has been having major surgery. Not a fun hobby btw. This is now my 3rd big one. I've lost count of small ones and diagnostics requiring general anesthesia. I'm off right now with my last big surgery. Better be the last one, they're running out of parts to yank out of me. Anyhow, I'm having complications that are dragging on. Boredom, feeling like crap, pain killers and online shopping make for interesting times.

    If you see a post from me and wonder wtf??...now you know.
     
  3. Molder66

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    I feel your pain and boredom;
    I spent 2 years with my lower back. I tried every pain killer known to man,

    both legal and experimental. :wink2:

    The injections didn’t even faze me. :grrr:

    I couldn’t stay in one position for more than 10 minutes at a time.
    Finally I had surgery and it was successful, (I am one of the few).


    Boredom fighters for me were.

    1. Netflix – however I did find out there is a limit on the data for my internet.
    2. VP trainers – I can play hours without a mistake.
    3. On line Poker – It’s not as much fun now that real $$ can’t be used.

    I guess I did plenty of other things to keep myself entertained.
    I don’t really remember them, but my wife loves to bring them up. (That’s how my avatar came about)

    Good luck and take the physical therapy seriously, that worked the best for me.
     
  4. zlanga

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    Injection fixed me up along with a little physical therapy. I got the shot then was able to bowl 9 games in a tournament 3 days later. But, I do tend to heal pretty quickly. I was golfing again about 2 weeks later as well, so don't give up hope.
    Oh yeah, the doc did hit the nerve the first time with the needle, not pleasant, no doubt about that.:cuss:
     
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    Two words....Bikram Yoga.
     
  6. JosieCat

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    I'm sorry - that is no fun at all. Don't you have some guilty pleasure TV show DVD's that you can watch. Mine, I'm embarrassed to say, is Gilligan's Island.
     
  7. LolaDoggie

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    You want some real good times. Put your tv on mute, watch any foreign language soap opera or game show. And then make up your own storyline and dialogue.

    Everybody has to find what works for them. Sometimes that's alternative stuff. Sometimes that's medical stuff. Sometimes it's a mix of both. Go through your benefits book and see what you're eligible for. You might be pleasantly surprised.
     
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    I feel for you Joe, I've had a long history of lower back problems. I had two of those injections and the SOB doctor never used a local. I had two more with a different doctor and he did a local, but unfortunately it didn't work.
    Two surgeries didn't work and finally a third for a disk fusion did! Knock on keyboard, that I haven't had any real problems since 1992. My golf game sucks, but I can still go out and swing, just not well!
     
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    The injections didn't phase me either and i have had 3. in fact i am sure he hit a nerve and i have had problems ever since with my one leg. Up here i don't have to worry about tests, or paying for them but if you have insurance i would get them to do it under x ray, so they can see where they going.

    My back specialist wanted to do that and i said no, if 3 wont work then a 4th certainly won't either. I now have lots of inflammation that will prob never go away and no pills will work. Such is life.
     
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    At least you still have your sense of humour!
     
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    I recommend some weed and Steely Dan's Greatest Hits.

    Works for me.:wave:
     
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    Candy Crush should keep you entertained.
     
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    Its good if you can still take a walk

    I've had friends with severe back injuries that couldnt even climb up into bed at night,had to sleep in a chair. The shots,extreme agony for 20 seconds or so,cured my one buddy instantly ,the other has had 5 surgeries and still has pain from spinal stiosis whatever its called .(a nerve pressing on the spine canal). My only advice is to keep your back supported ,dont sit in cushy chairs,stick a sheet of plywood under your mattress to keep it firm,standing,walking is good ,whatever keeps your spine straight.
    Right now I cant play much golf because my elbow is hurting so I know how you feel,after 14 holes the other day I could hardly hit the ball w/o a lot of pain
    Above all,dont try to be a hero,give it a chance to heal,hope you feel better .

    I remember the time I hurt my back really bad the day before we flew to LV. I could barely put my carry -on in the bin on the plane. In the airport shuttle each time the driver turned a corner I wanted to scream. I spent the first 3 days in the hot tub at the pool and finally it stopped hurting.
    Take care.
     
  14. Joe Strummer

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    Thanks for the posts !
    I drove to the golf course - just to check in w/ my golf buddies.
    I wanted to play so bad !
    .
    Drove to work to pick up my pay check ( 45 mins ) -
    couldn't walk after getting out of the car.
    I had to loosen up for 10 mins. to straighten up.
    .
    I had PT and that helped a lot.
    I respond to massage - the best.
    However, my experience w/ PT is they don't provide that
    option as regular therapy -- why would they ?....it would
    undermined ALL their training + therapy methods.
    I gotta look into massage.
    DAMN !......IF I WAS IN VEGAS ---
    POOLSIDE>...THIS WOULDN"T BE A PROBLEM !!!!!:thumbsup:
     
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    Joe,

    I'm in the same boat...ruptured a disk in my lower back in my early 20's working in a shipyard.

    After years of chiropractors and just OK results, I bought one of those inversion tables. The key is get on it once a week or every other week when your back is feeling good and not in spasms and (knock on wood) I haven't been to a chiro for over 2 years.

    I also go to a massage therapist once/mo and she does a great job of keeping my back loose...plus it just feels great and it's now part of my "taking care of my body" regime just like going to the gym.

    Give it a try....good luck man:beer:
     
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