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Oww, My Back. Ouch Back Pain Sucks!

Updated on January 19, 2012

Baby got back.

Spine and stuff.  It's medical looking.
Spine and stuff. It's medical looking. | Source

Quit stabbing me in the back!

A couple of weeks ago I was moving stuff around at work. As the morning wore on, my back started to ache. The longer I walked around, the worse it got.

I'd had something similar happen years ago. It was a muscle spasm--read that as charlie horse or cramp--in a lower back muscle. If you have one of those on your leg, you can walk it out. In your back, well...I really don't know.

However, a trip to the doctor later and I know a little more about what to do.

First, when the muscle is still going nuts, put some ice on it. The ice should make it quit clenching and unclenching. Eventually. Hopefully. If you've got some ice.

Second, when your back just aches, put some heat on it. That will help take the pain away as the heat soothes your poor muscle.

However, you don't want to leave the heat on too long--20 minutes at a time is what I was told. Nor do you want to do it too often--just three or four times a day.

Once you're off your feet, rest flat on your back on a firm surface. My doctor recommended putting a pillow under my knees to keep the pressure off of my back.

If that doesn't work for you, try lying on your side with a pillow between your knees.

I found a nice warm bath helped a lot.

If you can talk your significant other into a nice massage, that'll help.

The three things doctors will often prescribe will be anti-inflamitory medications, muscle relaxants, and pain medication. They may also offer a steroid injection to help with inflammation. Do not drive while taking the stuff they give you! It's strong medicine.

If your pain gets worse, go back to the doctor.

Even if it does get better, you may consider some physical therapy to strengthen the muscles you're having trouble with (if it is a recurring problem).

I kept off of my feet for most of a week and was basically ok until I got outside and the cold air made the muscle spasm again. So, lucky me, the doctor's going to have me go through 6 sessions of physical therapy.

I actually found that the muscle relaxant and the pain medicine did little for me. The anti-inflammatory shot and some heat did the most good. The steroid shot actually cleared my sinuses up! Those were wonderful days until my nose went back to normal.

Last time I had trouble like this, I wasn't bright enough to stop when I felt pain. I kept going until I thought I was passing a kidney stone. I had no idea that back pain could be so horrible until it happened to me. So the moral of the story is: stop, drop, and roll. No, wait, it's stop, lie down, and heat your achy bits.

Dancing is good for pain, right?

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      DougBerry 6 years ago from Abilene, TX

      Luckily my problem is just muscular. My sister has the skeletal issues.

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      Sondra Rochelle 6 years ago from USA

      I've had lots of experience with skeletal issues. The advice you give is great. Thanks.

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      SBerry 6 years ago

      I've learned to ice my herniated disc because heat aggravates it. I do stretches that my chiropractor taught me and BioFreeze is amazing for both pain and spasms. I stay away from the muscle relaxers if at all possible because they make me loopy but sometimes my back makes the choice for me. My herniated disc is at L5 S1 if anyone else out there struggles with back pain.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lying flat on your back can be very helpful in easing the pain. I'm not keen on the steroid injections, though. They do ease the pain for a while, but I believe they also destroy the calcium in the bones so that one can end up with osteoporosis.

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      Greg Johnson 6 years ago from Indianapolis

      I have had muscle spasms many times before and they are awful. At first I used heat on them and it of course made them worse, couldn't figure out why. Best to use cold, or ice on this type of problem. Hope your back feels better, good informative hub.

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      Cammiebar 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      It's a huge problem that a lot of people have--back pain. I know a lot of people who have bad backs. But they pretty much ignored the signs or had to just work through them that now, even icing and heating the area doesn't help and they are now on pain medications (which work most of the time). Probably if those people read this article, or had someone give them a sterner warning, then it wouldn't have gotten so bad.

      But, I do remember one who went to the doctor several times. The doctors told her she was imagining it. Finally, a very good doctor did an x-ray and she found out the problem.

      Good hub!

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      DougBerry 6 years ago from Abilene, TX

      Thanks. I was actually sitting here wondering what I would write about tonight and went, ah, yes, my back.

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      Eliminate Cancer 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I agree - you need to rest a back when it hurts, or you will make it worse. That said, sometimes, if it persists, you need to see a doctor. I had a herniated disc, and eventually it got so bad I couldn't move my left leg. I had surgery, and now I have NO pain at all. This was 13 years ago... I try to keep my abs strong, I do yoga, but I don't push it. Pain is your body telling you to STOP whatever it is that is causing the pain :) Great hub!

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