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Boy oh boy did I mess my back up good yesterday.I can't stand up straight without doubling over in pain.

I was kneeling down working on rebuilding a carb,got that done and took the tractor out to fine tune the adjustments.then I finished rebuilding a deck spindle for my neighbor and got it put back on his tractor and took it up and dropped it off.Then came home and decided to finish pounding in my garden fence posts that I had cut the other day.On the last one I got in a hurry and missed a swing with the 10lb sledge and twisted my back a good 1.

I immediately felt a sharp pain just above my tail bone.When I came in from outside my back started to cramp up and get painful muscle spasms in my lower back.Now I'm having 1 heck of a time even trying to stand up let alone walk around,between the pain and sever weakness in my lower back.Sleeping Last night was about an hour at a time.

I'm afraid to go to the doctors because I have no health insurance but the pain is very very bad.I don't want to take pain meds in fear of becoming dependent on them.Heck I won't even take aspirin for a head ache.

I'm a bit bull headed and I know that it will possibly clear up in time as it's done in the past,but I have so much stuff that needs to be done in the coming weeks and I'm afraid the doc will put me on meds.

Does anyone have any advice on what I should be doing?

I've had pack pain before but nothing as severe as this.
 

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I'm not a doctor or a health care professional, but I have found heat helps when I over work my back. Not fire hot, but hot-water-bottle heat. That and lying still. Won't help if you've done actual damage to the spinal column or torn something badly, but it will help if you've just overdone it. Best advise: Vote for Obama's mandatory health insurance. We have free health care up here in the great white north & I can't imagine life without it.
 

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Been dealing with low back pain for over 40 years including surgery. Ice, heat and rest will work the best. I am on 2-3 Norco's daily for pain as well as Lyrica now. Just remember this... Once you have injured your back to the degree you have it is very, very easy to do it again so be very carefull. One thing that helped me a lot was to lay on the floor with my legs and feet up in the seat of a chair, it took a lot of pressure off the low back . Everyone responds differently to back pain but rest seems to help all. Be carefull and good luck.
 

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ive destroyed most of my lower back muscle tissue and have a 25lb weight limit and ive been this way since '08. ive tried every pain med the doc has giving me, the thing that works best is no lifting anything for awhile more or less lay down watch tv nap a lot heat pads work great once ya can move around a lil bit go see a chiropractor they do help. they also sell a pillow that take AA batteries that vibrates that loosens up the muscles along with heat.
 

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I'll start by saying I'm also not a doctor but I have dealt with back/ muscle strain for more than 25 years. Being a mechanic with all the awkward lifting and twisting has made me a sort of expert LOL, I would recommend ibuprofen and ice. Also resting your back is a must for recovery as is making sure to lift the right way EVERY TIME! Avoiding working in a bent over position for extended periods is a good idea too. Good luck. Bill.
 

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Been dealing with low back pain for over 40 years including surgery. Ice, heat and rest will work the best. I am on 2-3 Norco's daily for pain as well as Lyrica now. Just remember this... Once you have injured your back to the degree you have it is very, very easy to do it again so be very carefull. One thing that helped me a lot was to lay on the floor with my legs and feet up in the seat of a chair, it took a lot of pressure off the low back . Everyone responds differently to back pain but rest seems to help all. Be carefull and good luck.
I'm with PappyH heat then ice10 minutes each and rest
 

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Chiropractor is where I go too

when my lower back starts hurt - sometimes I use Icy Hot and wrap my lower body with glad wrap - it helps me

Note do not use Ben Gray - if you do you will be sorry the next few days - blisters

I have been going to Chiropractors for over 50 years

I had polio when I was 3 - you would not know it if you saw me - exercising does help

good luck
 

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Chiropracter is usually where I end up when I get down in my back.
Chiropractor is where I go too

when my lower back starts hurt - sometimes I use Icy Hot and wrap my lower body with glad wrap - it helps me

Note do not use Ben Gray - if you do you will be sorry the next few days - blisters

I have been going to Chiropractors for over 50 years

I had polio when I was 3 - you would not know it if you saw me - exercising does help

good luck
Same here, a good chiropractor adjustment can do wonders. I've used one for the last 25 years after I herniated 3 disks. Sometimes I will go a year or more between adjustments.
 

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forgot to metation that the doc also sent me to physical therapy which was temporary relife but seeing the doc is the best thing to do when it come to a injury that slows you down. until then take it easy dont over do anything
 

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If the pain came on all of a sudden, rest is the best help, for MY body.

To stop it in the future, 99% of the people with back pain can be helped by loosing belly fat and doing daily "crunches".

Only 1% will loose the weight, the other 98% repeatedly suffer.

I asked two doctors for help loosing weight, they both almost laughed in my face. I did it myself.
 

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I'm 42 and 5'11" 144lbs weight isn't an issue.I wish I could gain 20-30 lbs but my metabolism won't let me.Everyone in my family is skinny lol.

I got a heating pad and some 800mg Ibuprofen.I'll use it for a couple days and if it doesn't get any better I'll call the Doc and see what he says.
 

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I'm 42 and 5'11" 144lbs weight isn't an issue.I wish I could gain 20-30 lbs but my metabolism won't let me.Everyone in my family is skinny lol.
Some people have all the luck, if you want another 30 lbs I can sure give it to you.
 
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