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rogue06
11-24-2014, 06:13 AM
Sunday around noon as I was returning home from work the lower right side of my back started hurting. I could hardly wait until I got home so I could do some stretching or at the least stop sitting down. When I got home and started rubbing my back the muscles there (either the erector spinae muscle or the serratus anterior muscles) they were as stiff as a sheet of steel. No amount of stretching seemed to help so I took a few aspirin.

A little later I checked in with Tweb and found that sitting wasn't so bad so I started reading some posts. About 5 minutes in I crossed my legs placing my right ankle on my left leg and that's when it happened. A sharp, agonizing pain centered in the lower spine.

The pain was horrific and steady. I immediately stood up and found that I could not stand completely upright. I furiously massaged the area with my knuckles (allows for a deeper penetration than finger tips), stretched, twisted, laid down... everything I could think of to gain some relief. Nothing helped.

After about 45 minutes of constantly moving around (the pain was so bad that I couldn't remain still I kept trying anything that would grant many any relief) I carefully went upstairs and got one of the oxycontin that was leftover from when my mother was being treated for cancer and prior to their putting her on a patch.

While it eventually made me somewhat drowsy it didn't help at all with the pain. The only thing that was any help was a heating pad which allowed the stiff muscles around the site to ease up just a little. As I laid on my stomach I gingerly probed my spine and discovered that one of the vertebrae right at where the lumbar and thoracic regions are was protruding slightly. As I continued my probing I found that the center of pain was located at the right bottom portion of the side of this vertebrae.

Great. It appeared that I had a severe misalignment, a slipped disc or something similar. I called work and informed them that I wouldn't be in later that night (another double shift night) and didn't know when I would be back in.

I went upstairs to bed but could not get comfortable any more there than I was downstairs. I was constantly moaning and groaning out loud in pain. After a half hour I got the heating pad which again helped a wee bit but I'm aware of the dangers of sleeping on a heating pad -- not that I could sleep hurting like this.

Finally I removed the pillow so I could lay perfectly flat with my feet overhanging the bed so that the legs could be perfectly straight rather than twisted. I put the heating pad on low on top of my back and laid there still in severe pain.

I started praying in earnest to God for help. I literally was begging for some mercy. Those were the words that I was using -- "Please God I'm begging for mercy." When I was done I was still in great pain.

But then the next thing I know I was waking up. Despite the pain I had managed to fall asleep for an hour and a half. More importantly my back wasn't hurting. Not even a little.

I got up because I had to use the bathroom (the reason I woke up) and noticed while sitting down it was still pretty sore but not quite as bad as it was on the drive home.

I went back to bed and laid back down on my stomach but removed the heating pad. I slept for most of the day.

Now there is no trace of any pain. Everything feels great. There is no protrusion of the vertebrae any longer. No stiff muscles. Anything. In fact the left side of my back is stiffer than the right side.

Thank you God. Thank you for granting the mercy that I needed.

Like the one leper who thanked Jesus for curing him I think that it is important to express my gratitude and moreover to do so publicly.

Bill the Cat
11-24-2014, 06:36 AM
:cool: God is good!

Teallaura
11-24-2014, 09:53 AM
All the time! :woohoo:

Cow Poke
11-24-2014, 09:54 AM
AWL the tam!

rogue06
11-24-2014, 07:37 PM
My back is still doing fine although I told work that I wouldn't be in tomorrow overnight. The work is physical on these shifts and I don't want to take the chance until I can be sure it is completely healed and not prone to re-injury though I really need the money.

Cow Poke
11-24-2014, 07:37 PM
I was just wondering how you were doing.

Thanks!

rogue06
11-24-2014, 07:45 PM
I was just wondering how you were doing.

Thanks!
In some ways I feel bad like I'm not completely trusting this gift from God (by staying home) but in other ways I don't think that I should test/tempt it.

Cow Poke
11-24-2014, 07:47 PM
In some ways I feel bad like I'm not completely trusting this gift from God (by staying home) but in other ways I don't think that I should test/tempt it.

It's perfectly reasonable to allow our bodies time to heal - one of the mechanisms God provides for our healing is rest / sleep. :thumb:

Cow Poke
11-24-2014, 07:50 PM
You remind me of an old expression I often cite... I forget who originally said it, but you know how that goes....

"pray like it all depends on God - work like it all depends on you". In your situation, just replace "work" with "rest". :smile:

ETA: Saint Augustine.

Darth Executor
11-24-2014, 07:55 PM
Shouldn't you see a doctor? Just because the pain went away doesn't mean there isn't an underlying problem.

ManwŰ S˙limo
11-24-2014, 08:12 PM
I'm with DE. Doctors are sometimes God's agents and you aren't showing lack of faith or gratitude by waiting in their office.

DesertBerean
11-24-2014, 09:14 PM
And why not see a doctor? :pray:

rogue06
11-24-2014, 09:30 PM
No real reason not to see a doctor except financial and the fact that for the most part there really isn't a whole lot they can do.

Cow Poke
11-25-2014, 04:36 AM
I seldom go to doctors. Not because of any "faith" or religious issue, but because it so often seems such a waste of time.

"Well, CP, I don't really find anything wrong, except that you're out of shape, getting old, and overweight. Please pay the receptionist on the way out".

(a tad bit facetious, but I actually had a doctor tell me pretty much that same thing when I had a serious "crick" in my back. I subsequently went to a chiropractor out of desperation, and she made it worse. Out of FURTHER desperation, I went to another guy who was highly recommended by a friend, and that guy "popped my back" in such a way that it was almost like a biblical healing. SERIOUSLY. I could barely walk in there all bent over, but stood straight up when he was finished, with only minor residual pain. By the time I got to my truck, I was totally pain free.)

Bill the Cat
11-25-2014, 06:00 AM
I seldom go to doctors. Not because of any "faith" or religious issue, but because it so often seems such a waste of time.

"Well, CP, I don't really find anything wrong, except that you're out of shape, getting old, and overweight. Please pay the receptionist on the way out".

(a tad bit facetious, but I actually had a doctor tell me pretty much that same thing when I had a serious "crick" in my back. I subsequently went to a chiropractor out of desperation, and she made it worse. Out of FURTHER desperation, I went to another guy who was highly recommended by a friend, and that guy "popped my back" in such a way that it was almost like a biblical healing. SERIOUSLY. I could barely walk in there all bent over, but stood straight up when he was finished, with only minor residual pain. By the time I got to my truck, I was totally pain free.)

Witch Doctors!!!

Cow Poke
11-25-2014, 06:07 AM
Witch Doctors!!!

That's what I HAD thought! :smile:

Cerebrum123
11-25-2014, 07:09 AM
No real reason not to see a doctor except financial and the fact that for the most part there really isn't a whole lot they can do.

You might try finding a good chiropractor. A good one can almost seem like a miracle worker.

ETA: Ninja'd by CP.

rogue06
11-25-2014, 07:32 AM
You might try finding a good chiropractor. A good one can almost seem like a miracle worker.

ETA: Ninja'd by CP.
Talked with my brother's this morning. He said there really isn't much that can be done at the moment since the problem has abated except for what I'm doing now -- getting plenty of rest.

He also advised taking my wallet out of my back pocket when I drive since it was the drive home that sort set everything in motion.

Cow Poke
11-25-2014, 10:01 AM
He also advised taking my wallet out of my back pocket when I drive since it was the drive home that sort set everything in motion.

People laugh at that, but it's TRUE... that little bit of extra "difference" can tilt your pelvis or sitting position JUST ENOUGH. I have changed to a slim wallet with the barest of necessities, but on long drives, the first thing I do is put it in the console.

Jedidiah
11-25-2014, 01:33 PM
I now wear cargo pants with a thigh pocket for just that reason.

Raphael
11-25-2014, 01:41 PM
I seldom go to doctors. Not because of any "faith" or religious issue, but because it so often seems such a waste of time.

"Well, CP, I don't really find anything wrong, except that you're out of shape, getting old, and overweight. Please pay the receptionist on the way out".

(a tad bit facetious, but I actually had a doctor tell me pretty much that same thing when I had a serious "crick" in my back. I subsequently went to a chiropractor out of desperation, and she made it worse. Out of FURTHER desperation, I went to another guy who was highly recommended by a friend, and that guy "popped my back" in such a way that it was almost like a biblical healing. SERIOUSLY. I could barely walk in there all bent over, but stood straight up when he was finished, with only minor residual pain. By the time I got to my truck, I was totally pain free.)

or there is the fun bit of driving over 100km for a 15 minute visit with the specialist and then another 100km drive to get home (I live in a small town, to see the specialists for my TFCC injury I have to go to a nearby city)

Cow Poke
11-25-2014, 02:18 PM
I now wear cargo pants with a thigh pocket for just that reason.

Yeah, and they let me carry extra ammo!

rogue06
11-25-2014, 02:28 PM
People laugh at that, but it's TRUE... that little bit of extra "difference" can tilt your pelvis or sitting position JUST ENOUGH. I have changed to a slim wallet with the barest of necessities, but on long drives, the first thing I do is put it in the console.
Yup. He advised putting it either a jacket pocket or my hip pocket

Teallaura
11-25-2014, 02:58 PM
:hug:

Darth Executor
11-25-2014, 04:11 PM
I don't carry a wallet, my knife collection wouldn't fit in one anyway.

rogue06
11-25-2014, 06:49 PM
Yeah, and they let me carry extra ammo!
Okay, okay. I get the point. You don't like the bandolero I got you for your birthday :bawl:

Sparko
11-26-2014, 06:25 AM
Carry two wallets so you will be balanced.

Teallaura
11-26-2014, 08:11 AM
Okay, okay. I get the point. You don't like the bandolero I got you for your birthday :bawl:


He liked it just fine - until he got in the truck and accidentally set off the self-destruct. :no:

Why do you insist on putting a self-destruct feature in everything?! I mean, seriously, the bird house, the mail box (that postman still won't deliver on your street), and the pooper scooper (you are soooo lucky I found that before I tried to use it! :brood:) - what is with you?

Sparko
11-26-2014, 08:15 AM
He liked it just fine - until he got in the truck and accidentally set off the self-destruct. :no:

Why do you insist on putting a self-destruct feature in everything?! I mean, seriously, the bird house, the mail box (that postman still won't deliver on your street), and the pooper scooper (you are soooo lucky I found that before I tried to use it! :brood:) - what is with you?
He is really into recycling.

Cerebrum123
11-26-2014, 08:34 AM
He is really into recycling wanton destruction.

fify

rogue06
11-26-2014, 08:45 AM
He liked it just fine - until he got in the truck and accidentally set off the self-destruct. :no:

Why do you insist on putting a self-destruct feature in everything?! I mean, seriously, the bird house, the mail box (that postman still won't deliver on your street), and the pooper scooper (you are soooo lucky I found that before I tried to use it! :brood:) - what is with you?
It goes back to the lesson that mom kept teaching us: "make sure you destroy all the evidence!" :nsm:

Teallaura
11-26-2014, 10:16 AM
It goes back to the lesson that mom kept teaching us: "make sure you destroy all the evidence!" :nsm:
That was your Aunt Margie, the one serving 25 to life in San Quentin. Your mom was the one that kept telling you to quit imitating Aunt Margie.

Did you forget to open the window while playing with your chemistry set again?

One Bad Pig
11-26-2014, 11:42 AM
Speaking of windows, a friend of mine was sitting with a cop buddy in his cruiser watching for speeders, and somebody came along going 105 mph. The cop said, "I got this!" and hurriedly dumped his fresh jumbo mug of coffee out the window - except he forgot he didn't have the window open first. :hehe:

Needless to say, that one got away.