Well, the ambulance should be here any minute to cart me off to hospital yet again! I am having trouble breathing because my back muscles have gone in to seizure again for some reason, so off to lose a day in hospital. I can't even tell my family as they are all asleep or away, so I feel pretty alone at the moment.
I hope they let me out today, as I have to go and sign a stack of documents this morning supposedly. They will have to wait.
I hope you all have a better day than I am having!
I've just pulled a back muscle whilst bending down to wipe my toes after a shower - wasn't as scary but wasn't practical ALL day yesterday. I'm just doing some light stretches to let the back muscles ease a bit and it's working.
Again, wishing you a speedy recovery! What a thing to happen!
I certainly hope it isn't anything serious - sending positive thoughts in your direction. Hopefully they can solve the problem with a muscle relaxant and you can be resting at home in very short order!
This sounds familiar, Earnest. When I went to the doc last with my back problems, he told me "you've got to change your life style and stop lifting things." Like I could just quit running the farm and and all of my other jobs and sit around the house.
Some of us cannot do that! Good luck Earnest and take care of yourself, ya heah!
Let us know how things went and leave the nurses alone this time!
The taxi ride home was pleasant. The driver was very interested in cars, so I talked his ears off to help me forget about the pain. That's right, I left there in as much pain as I arrived with! 8 hours in a hospital will do that to you!
I just spoke to my daughter who is going to get a nice piece of fish and 2 valium for me.
earnest, I would recommend bananas even if they are slightly bent. Perhaps BP will be your nurse! That would make the trip worthwhile! Course it seems she fell off the face of the earth, but maybe you'll get lucky! Hope you are better soon!
Been away from the forums and just noticed this thread, earnest. Glad you're home. After reading through the rest, I can say this...valium is vile, but it WORKS. My husband has severe nerve pain in his left arm, his neck, and his back due to herniated disks...the valium has a better impact than the vicodin.
GLAD YOU'RE BACK! Please take care of yourself. You got lots of family to love.
You are absolutely right in my book. chocolate is a good food for kids and adults alike. None of them are carrying any weight, in fact they are all slim so I feel no guilt at wanting to see their eyes light up!
I found that funny as well. My reaction that is. The guy is AOK, he wishes he had more time, but has accepted it well enough to be able to talk to a stranger about it, so that is good.
I teared up a bit when he told me he has a 14 month old granddaughter and one more on the way as well though. Time... more would be better. He is fighting back with all his might to see if he can do better than expected and stick around for the second child. Nice bloke.
Great to see you are home- I slept through all the drama! Yes, I know what you mean when faced with some one elses illness all you want to do is help! Hope you have an easier time and pain can go as swiftly as it comes.
Earnest- I take valium when my back spasms- yes it is the only thing that works. I had a battle with the doctor to prescribe it, but as I was really in pain at the time I had little in manners and bluntly told him that if he only prescribed a small amount I would not get addicted. It was doctors that caused addiction by over prescription. Bless him, he gave me some just to get me out. Then I found the most brilliant physio and have been pain and drug free for nearly three years.
Interesting post case1worker. The other thing that works for me is my big strong son laying into the deep tissue with his elbow with his body weight behind it.
I told the physio the same thing today, I need to smash the muscles and make them bleed to get the muscle to leave spasm and get some endorphins by supplying blood to the area. Muscle pain is no problem, it's the tension on the spine that causes the pain.... the muscle spasm is no problem on it's own.
Physio helps me if the practitioner can bend 6" nails with his fingertips.
It might be worth trying different physios- one might be more attuned to the way your back works than another. Like I say, I had years of intermittent pain ( since I was 18) and I was recommended to a physio who was brilliant. He did say that I was his worst patient when I arrived and wanted to refer me to the hosptial for an MRI, but believing hospitals are for the sick only, we prevailed. Allied to that some pilates lessons and exercises and hey presto, life is actually quite good!
I know some physios get it with deep tissue massage, but it is very time consuming, hard on the therapists hands and involves a half hour or so under hot towels before the surface muscles allow access to the deeper muscles causing the spasms or lock ups.
I used to go to an old guy who looked after many of our best ballerinas.
We all lay in little booths under constantly replaced hot wet towels wrapped in plastic, while we listened to the screams of his "victims"
Sten was a big guy with very strong hands.
He was always singing in a well trained and beautiful tenor voice while he massaged, and the louder you screamed the louder he sang!
He is gone now and I miss him as a long term friend and for his exceptional abilities
I have massaged myself and members of my family all my adult life, and I know it plays havoc with the thumb in particular as well as causing arthritis in the hands. Sten was able to overcome arthritis in his hands in later life. He had been massaging for 45 years when I met him, and his hands had been pain free for fifteen years. I need another Sten!
I have a wonderful book called Trigger Point Therapy Workbook http://www.triggerpointbook.com/ which shows you how to relieve muscle spasms in different parts of body. I had a pain disorder for years (but not from injury)
It's 8.15am now, Hello everyone, I slept well, and have been up for an hour or so. The pain has come back, so I am going to take one more valium.
I know this is a very dirty drug that is addictive as hell, but that doesn't worry me at this time. Yesterday was a nightmare, and I am determined to drive myself very carefully to my GP who is not far away.
I don't like driving with the brain squashing valium, but being hyper aware of that, I will be OK.
Don't take valium folks, it is like having part of your brain removed!
I wasn't aware that valium would actually kill pain - vicodin, yes, now that would work. But better yet, get some valerian (the root of a plant, an herb) and make yourself an infusion (tea) with it, add some licorice to make it taste better and drink the tea! It works to relax muscles and to help you rest, sleep if you need to. Much better than valium or vicodin. Good luck and I hope you feel better.
Thank you, even for the fervent prayers, as I know they are well meant. Fortunately I have not gone yet, and have decided to listen to a head that still works, (yours.)........ unlike my own, as is becoming apparent! )
Thanks you for the caring, I have taken your advice, and will use other methods to slow down the spasms that don't involve me killing myself in an auto accident!
Earnest, when I read the title I thought that screw you have loose had finally fallen right off and you were about to be carted away to the loony bin. Thank Dr. Demento for that!
Glad to hear you are on the mend at any rate Mmmmm Valium.... That stuff sure does work, they used to give to me when I was getting trapped nerves in my neck/shoulder every month or so. I always took half of what I was prescribed and to be honest was totally shocked at how easily they gave it to me. 2 pills 3 times a day?!?!?! Umm hmmm, well I made that 1 pill once or maybe twice in a day! One or two days like that and I was all better. |The rest of the box when into the drawer for the next months trapped nerve. It worked very well that way I should imagine it would be similar for you (unless you already have addiction issues of your own that valium could trigger, then even one a day might be risky). At any rate, glad to see you back and fighting the good fight
Oh and don't tighten that loose screw either, you just wouldn't be you then
Hey thanks Kirstan. Nope I avoided the white coat brigade for yet another day! I have used valium before for locked muscles and it has worked every time. Fortunately I don't usually have problems with addiction, but I am careful to stop using any drug asap.
I don't even use headache pills, I just massage the back of my neck real hard. I have made a study of quite a few drugs over the years, in fact I have several gig of research material, so I am well scared of prescription drugs. My mental state is way too happy as usual. I have my grandkids back again, they have been away for a week, so I am in seventh heaven right now. Just put them to bed with stories half an hour ago (7pm) They warm my heart so much!
That white coat brigade sure are a fun bunch tho! The nuttiest people you will ever meet, the folks in the white coat brigade (I know from experience! ) My drug taking these days is almost completely limited to recreational only, aside from allergy pills and ibuprofen for when 'aunt Irma' visits each month! (if you don't know the aunt Irma reference check out the show 'the IT crowd', its a very accurate and understated view of a visit from her! I have been on a few pills over the years for depression, they tried me on one that I started cheeking within a day or two, after having a very long conversation with myself as to why the world would be better with two moons! When I got caught not taking the stuff they asked why and I told them that getting high should only be a recreational thing, not a 24 7 thing. They stopped giving them to me and I couldn't give them to friends at school anymore! Boy was I a naughty one! . A few years later this drug was part of a national legal action for causing schizophrenia in those who took it long term. I don't know if I got lucky or not! You got the best drug anyway! A great family to love and who love you, specially grandkiddies to spoil, they are the best.
that's what I said - also you can get valerian tincture, if you don't want to make tea - easy to take. Also if you make tea and you don't like the valerian taste, add some licorice root which is also a sedative. If you want, slippery elm powder also takes away inflammation and is a painkiller.
that's ok, lots of people think teas and tinctures and herbal remedies are too much trouble and they'd rather take a pill - but the way I feel is that the pills mostly originated from plant compounds, and when you take the plant in its original form you're also getting other things that counteract any side effects. Magic! but when you take a pill with synthetic ingredients you get the full force of the side effects. I haven't taken any medication except tylenol for ages - I use herbal remedies when I need them, but I find I need a lot less in the way of remedies now. been lucky so far
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