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NEED YOUR ADVICE, HURT MY BACK, IN ALOT OF PAIN!

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    HELLO:
    i was recently painting and fell off a ladder about 15 feet. landed half way in bushes and on the ground. my lower back is killing me at times. in certain chairs when sitting, i feel no pain, some chairs without a back to the chair, it really hurts. i am hunched over at times, walking very slow, hard to sleep at night. i am not able to take any medicine with aspirin in it due to a recent bleeding stomach ulser. any exercise that someone might know of that might help. any medication without aspirin that might help? over the years i have known shoters with back problems but always thought they were saying the pain was worse than it really was. boy was i wrong. i am walking like a 90 year old. forgot to tell you how i fell of the ladder. i was painting the trim on the second level of my house. a friend was over and he said he would help me by holding the ladder. he put on his tool belt with tools sticking out and he got a cell phone call from his wife and he moved away to talk in privacy. as he moved away, a tool from his belt caught the ladder and i came tumbling down. i had the wind knocked out of me. hate that feeling.
    steve balistreri
     
  2. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    If it's a disc injury a injection of steroids may help, but doctors make that decision. I hope you did seek medical attention.
     
  3. TNCoach

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    steve,

    i've found some relief by laying with my back on the floor and my knees at a 90 degree angle propped up on a kitchen chair.

    i had a really good dr tell me to place my back against a wall and move my feet slowly to the baseboard. your knees will bend and everything will hurt, but he said that over time it will correct your posture and reduce back pain.

    if that doesn't help, go see the folks at fairview-riverside in minneapolis mn - best back specialists in the world.

    take it slow and easy,
    TNCoach
     
  4. senior smoke

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    tncoach- i laid on the floor, it hurt, but feel better.
    thanks,
    steve
     
  5. bigdogtx

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    Steve,

    Get to a doctor and get some tests, probably x-rays. You may have messed with a nerve and you may be masking a problem waiting to happen. While you get some temporary relief, you could be masking something that could cause PERMANENT problems.

    Good Luck.
     
  6. BigBruno

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    Steve, go to the doctor!!! After that, SHOOT THE FRIEND!!! Oh, and ICE, ICE, and more ice on the area. On 20 minutes off 10. Sorry I saw this so late! Hope you're ok.
     
  7. Quack Shot

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    There are a lot of things that can cause back pain, Since you had a fall and the pain appears to be as a result of injury, I'd strongly suggest seeing a doctor, or better yet, a surgeon that does spines. Get an xray or mri and see what they think. Steroids, rest, exercises, Physical Therapy, other pain meds may be an option. The stomach bleeding is a serious issue, so be sure to tell the doctor about it before he prescribes any meds. I would NOT see a Chiropractor until you know what it is, or isn't. Once you get a proper diagnosis, then come back and ask for suggestions. Many of us have had an assortment of back and spine issues.
     
  8. Hauxfan

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    About a half a fifth of rum mixed with coke ought to do it.

    Worked for me and I'm sure it will work for you.

    Your back may not feel better, but after drinking that much rum and coke, you won't care. lol

    Hope it gets better.

    Hauxfan!
     
  9. 635 G

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    If the x-rays show nothing---get an MRI---don't let a chiropractor touch you---pain is a warning something is wrong--do it NOW
    Phil Berkowitz
     
  10. Dahaub

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    Several tips here. 1. Put yourself in traction. Lay on your back in bed and put a soft pillow (one you can roll up a little bit) under your upper legs right below your butt. This will take the pressure off your lower back. Twenty minutes should help a lot. While doing this make sure you use some ointment to get the muscles to relax. With your description of your accident you could have something simple as a muscle spasm in the buttocks and it's pulling your back out of alignment giving you lower back pain. 2. Make an appointment with a Dr and get examined. 3. If no help there go to a chiropractor. These guys or gals can massage and manipulate your back and just might be able to get you out of pain. Good luck with it and the dr's will tell you more exercises to use and ointments. I've found that working the heck out of my back makes it better. Good luck with it. Dan
     
  11. Auctioneer

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    Go to the Doc. That is nothing to mess around with. You could in time do more damage then good if you don't go to the doc. Get your x-ray and or MRI. It could be a disk, nerve or bone. GO EVEN IF YOU DON"T LIKE THE IDEA OR THE FACTS OF WHAT IT COULD BE. You could if you don't end up in a wheelchair. GO! I to have a bad back and I don't mess around with it.
     
  12. Jawhawker

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    Having back problems myself I will reccomend the following. First due to the nature of yours, see a doctor and atleast get xrays. If nothing alarming is reveiled it may require cat scan or mri to reveal circumstances causing your misery.

    Now Mr. Quackshot I know and I can guarantee you he has been down the road of misery and can relate and recommend from a perssonal level.

    I myself find relief using back crackers and fully recommend them provided there are not issues that require other means or that there use which is highly unlikely will cause further injury provided a good one is acquired. The good one can be the tricky part. They definetly are not all created the same.

    If you have access to or can afford one, an inversion table is probably the most relief you can gain without manipulation or cutting available.

    The steroid shot will give temperary relief and for the some they work and others not very well.

    One poster above gave you a refference top a facility they say are the best in this field. I will tell you of the one I understand to be the best and that is the "Banati Institute" in Florida. Hopefully neither is needed.
     
  13. senior smoke

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    thanks to all for the advice. years ago my mother was lifting a case of soda out of her car. it was when the soda was in a wooden case. she could not straighten up for a week. my son inlaw works in the trades, i talked to him this morning and he said lots of guys he works with have back problems. he said when lifting, you need to learn exactly how to lift. as i am typing i just sneezed 3 times, thought i would die. have to lay down.
    thanks again,
    steve
     
  14. W.P.T.

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    Motrin, (800 mg) works for me ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  15. Shooting Jack

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    Hi Steve. I feel for you! I fell off a ladder 3 weeks ago and landed on the ladder in the middle of my back from 14 feet up. I have found that an Advil give me more relief than anything else. I didn't go to the doctor until this past week and they gave me muscle relaxers and pain pills and took a slew of xrays. They called yesterday and said they thought I had a compression fracture and will have an MRI to verify it and go from there. As you might imagine I haven't shot in the last three weeks. Dove season came in last week and today the deer archery season opened and I'm laying around hurting. I have found that I get some relief by laying on my back and putting a small thin pillow in the small of my back. Hope you inprove soon. Jackie B.
     
  16. senior smoke

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    Jackie B.-
    I went to the gun club today. everytime i hit a bump while driving, it hurt. i shot 1 round of 16 yd practice and the recoil did not affect my back. walking and standing bothered me, not the recoil. with me just getting out of the hospital 8 weeks ago, i hate to incur more doctor bills. if this does not get better soon, i will be forced to go see a doctor. laying down with a rolled pillow under my legs seems to help. one guy at the club who reads the post on this site knew i hurt my back and he acted like he was going to slap me on the back and ask how i was doing? he scared the h--- out of me. he laughed , said my expression was priceless. wierd sense of humor, until it happens to him.
    steve
     
  17. craby boy

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    Steve
    A lot of good intended thoughts, the winning ones are DOCTOR, DOCTOR ,AND DOCTOR,

    Craby
     
  18. Pull & Mark

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    Steve, I hope find something that helps you soon. I too think going to a doctor would be a good idea. Hope you feel better soon. Best of Luck and Break-em all. Jeff
     
  19. Quack Shot

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    Steve,

    Hopefully it's not something serious, but the advice about seeing a doctor is a good one. I've had a few issues and let me tell you, it's no fun to be in pain. Sometimes it could heal itself, but you need to be sure nothing serious is wrong AND that you don't do anything to do more damage. As we get older, we find out that we are no longer invincible. Things don't always heal or get better on their own, and require some professional intervention. Seems like these days I'm either waiting to have surgery or recovering from surgery. If surgery is recommended, get a second opinion. Once they cut, you can't go back.

    A nerve impingement due to a herniated disk pressing on a nerve root sometimes responds well to an epidural steroid injection. A lot of them just heal and go away by themselves, eventually.

    Chiropractors are sometimes helpful, but risky if you have certain injuries. Some people swear by them and some AT them. Only had one ever help me. The rest were a waste of time for me with some issues, since my troubles weren't something that would respond. Acupuncture is another avenue to explore, if you are so inclined.

    If standing and walking really aggravate the condition, don't push it. Your body is telling you something. I'd hold off on shooting and other similar activities until you get an idea of what you are dealing with.

    Somehow I remember Martin (Pheasantmaster) walking around like my 87 year old mom a while back. :)
     
  20. Baron23

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    Steve - you talk above about trying different positions that were suggested, you talk about sneezing when typing, you talk about driving to the gun club.

    The one thing I have not heard you talk about is making a Doctor's appointment.

    Is there some part of "you may have seriously injured your back" that is just escaping you?

    Look...I had to have back surgery a year ago to save the function in my left leg. It was a decision I had to make but I did so based on a LOT of information gained from Dr. appointments, tests, and my own research on the web.

    I have absolutely no idea if your injury is like mine or completely different...and neither does anyone else reading this board. You may have a muscle sprain...you may have broken vertebrae or herniated disks...or something in between...who knows?

    GO TO THE DOCTOR....personally I would try an orthopedic or neurosurgeon guy first (I went neuro guy route)...get x-rays and an MRI and they can tell you what is happening. Sorry to say to all the homeopathic fans out there...the worst mistake I made was letting a chiropractor manipulate my back which had mechanical damage impinging on a nerve...no amount of cracking it was going to make it better, and I may well have increased the eventual nerve damage.

    Best of luck.
     
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