Wednesday, September 07, 2005


I don't know what I did but I have thrown out my back. Since last Sunday (Aug. 28), I have been in excruciating pain. I was sitting at my new computer desk and stood up to get ready for work when I felt a cramp in my right shoulder. Didn't think anything of it and started rotating arm and shoulder around thinking to work out the cramp when I feel a very sharp pain radiate from my shoulder down my back. Went to the doctor on Tuesday, August 30. He told me I had strained a muscle or pinched a nerve in my neck! My neck! What the hell medical school did he go to? Yeah, I know everything is connected but I have full range of motion in my neck and no pain there! It's my frickin back that hurts. He gives me a prescription for Soma which does absolutely NOTHING for me other than to make me feel loopy. So, on Friday, September 2, I go to a chiropractor. I am a complete and total chicken and have avoided going to such places because of the horror stories I have heard about them. I am surprised and amazed that this chiropractor is different and uses different methods. After the treatment, I feel pretty good. Really good as a matter of fact. I'm thinking, "Great! I'm healed!" That was probably my first mistake. On Saturday, it was starting to tighten up again. I went for a pedicure because they let you sit in a massage chair and that felt good but by Saturday night, the pain was getting intense so much so that I was taking Soma about every 4 hours. Nothing was helping. Not the Soma, not ice, not heat, not massage. By Sunday morning, the spasms were so intense and painful that I couldn't stand upright and I was in tears. My friend MaryAnn and her daughter Samantha were staying over for a girl's night so they called her husband Lee to come and take me to the emergency room. Rob was with Lee so he came along to help. We were at the ER for 6 1/2 hours. They gave me an injection of Demerol which helped, but I had a bad reaction to it and ended up passing out. They gave me 3 prescriptions (Percoset, Skelaxin, and Motrin) and the drugs seem to be helping much more than the Soma ever began to.

Monday was a holiday so I ended up sleeping most of the day and taking the pills. I was able to get a doctor's appointment for Tuesday. Rob took the day off and drove me around to the doctor and to get xrayed. I'm going back to the chiropractor on Thursday. My doctor told me to continue going to the chiropractor and depending on what the xray tells him, I may have to get an MRI done. So, needless to say, it's been a rough few days that I will be glad to be done with.

1 comment:

JennyE said...

Sorry to hear about the back, Sharal. The MRI will show where the problem is. If it's a disk in your spine (either in your cervical, thoracic or lumbar regions) bulging out, they can be putting pressure on various nerves. The disk below the L5 spine is the typical one to rest on the sciactic nerve in the low back. If there is a tear in your disk this will cause the inner part of the disk to push through the tear and pinch down on the nerve. This will cause radiating pain through the low back, down the pelvic area and throughout your legs. Even down to the toes. The best thing to do is to relieve yourself from any strain in this area, slowly work up the muscles around the area for better support, and allow the disks to heal themselves. It can take anywhere from 3-6 months for a tear to heal completely. In the meantime keep the swelling for 15-20 minutes at a time, once an hour. Lie on back with a pillow under hips and knees, or on your side with a pillow between your knees. Don't over do it just because it feels better...that just means the swelling is down and it isn't pinching, the tear is still there! Take care of yourself. I'm still healing from mine. I have four of them...two in the cervical, one in the thoracic, and one in the lumbar. Mine are from last April.



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