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macadddikt18
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posted April 07, 2002 08:20     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, i have been having slight back pain when i wake up for the last 3 weeks. We have always thought it was do to the horrible mattress i have.springs are coming out and it is just starting to fall apart. well friday started out that way, i woke up, had a bit of back pain, and thought nothing of it. I stretched and ate breakfast. when i got out of the shower it was really bothering me. It hurt quite badly. So i stretched it out and took some advil for the pain. I went to school and sat it those stupid chairs for 3 hours. It bothered me the whole time but it always does, so i thought nothing of it. Then i went to get in the car to go home. When i bent over to get in, my back tightened up considerably. So i stood there for a minute and let my back relax before getting in the car. the whole way home from school it was bothering me. adn i figured i would just lay on the heat pad for an hour or two before i had to go to work and do some more stretches to loosen it up a bit. the real trouble started when i tried to get out of the car. It locked up completely and i was unable to move. On top of that it was very very painful. I am sure those of you who have had this happen know what it feels like. So 5 min later i was able to get out of the car and walk in the house. I took another advil and fixed some lunch. when i sat down to eat my back locked up completely and i was unable to move. My mom had to get me out of the chair and lay me on the floor with some heat on my back. My back continued to lock and spasm out randomly the rest of teh day. I went to a massage therapist and had her work on it for an hour and went to the doctor to get lots of fun drugs to take. The whole weekend i have spend laying on the floor and watching dvd's. I can't work for a week. Which is money i need to pay for school and car insurance. I am not allowed to drive for a week, due to the massive amount of muscle relaxers i am on. Today i was able to sit up and get on teh computer for a bit. hopefully i will be able to go to school tomorrow. what really scares me is that i am almost 20 and having huge back problems. Isn't this something that happens to older people. I mean i work out 3 days a week, swim and cycle for several hours a day. I am in great shape except for my back which now is rebelling against me. well just thought i would tell you guys, tell me if you know anything i can do for this.
Nayt

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platypus
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posted April 07, 2002 08:39     Click Here to See the Profile for platypus   Click Here to Email platypus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
drugs. Many many drugs. I hear heroin works well.

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Xanthine
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posted April 07, 2002 11:02     Click Here to See the Profile for Xanthine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you do a lot of lifting at work? I know so many people who've blown their backs lifting wrong. Hopefully the problem will heal.

As for drugs, I've heard that heroin spiked with cocaine works even better.

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macadddikt18
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posted April 07, 2002 11:08     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At work i do very little lifting. I work at a pizza place. I supervise the making of pizza's and hoagies. so not to much lifting involved there. Maybe once in a while the pizza pan or something like that.
Nayt

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Zwilnik
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posted April 07, 2002 14:07     Click Here to See the Profile for Zwilnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you've got a bad mattress, that will be making any back problem a lot worse. Ask your doctor or osteopath what sort of mattress you should have and invest in one (usually a hard matress of some sort helps). I've had back problems since my late teens (due to a combination of a slipped disk and muscle strains), which is usually under control thanks to a futon base with a relatively hard mattress on it (the futon itself was too lumpy ) and being very careful when I lift things.
You may also find that lying flat on your back on the floor will help, as will adjusting your posture wherever possible to avoid slouching.

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rednecklinux
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posted April 08, 2002 09:23     Click Here to See the Profile for rednecklinux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I was to guess, I would say you are suffering from a previous injury. If you haven't been injuryed then I would see if you have any underlying causes, you're wwwaaayyy too young to have these kinds of problems. most people get like that when they have a disc problem. MOst of the time people have what are called micro-injuries when they lift wrong for years and then they lift a pencil and pow! instant back injury. The only way to overcome this problem is to do back exercises and gradually build yourself back up and be extra cautious in how you lift AND move during the day. Go back to your doctor and see if you can get a physical therapy consult. You shouldn't have to live like that.

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quantumfluff
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posted April 08, 2002 10:25     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumfluff   Click Here to Email quantumfluff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hard mattresses are really not that good for you. They just seem better in comparison to ones that have no support at all. The absolute best of mattress I've ever slept on is a TemperPedic. To say these are not cheap is an understatement, but worth every penny. Right now we use a 4" temperpedic topper above our old mattress and box spring. That works well, and it was much cheapr than buying a whole new mattress set. The queen size topper was about $500. Of course, this only works if you have a mattress with good support underneath the whole thing.

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Geordie
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posted April 08, 2002 18:53     Click Here to See the Profile for Geordie   Click Here to Email Geordie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by macadddikt18:
I mean i work out 3 days a week, swim and cycle for several hours a day. I am in great shape except for my back which now is rebelling against me.

Perhaps you're working out is the cause not the cure... Try taking it easy for awhile. Bicycling in particular can be very hard on the back.

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posted April 08, 2002 19:05     Click Here to See the Profile for Charisma   Click Here to Email Charisma     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by platypus:
drugs. Many many drugs. I hear heroin works well.


Yep. For me, I used to use Life™ (not the cereal) to get high. I was getting high every day! Then it was every two days, then every week... I think I built up a tolerance to it...

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macadddikt18
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posted April 10, 2002 05:26     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well a bit of an update here. I got a new bed so i am not sleeping on a horrable matress on the floor anymore. I havbe also descided to take a break from the swiminning and working out for a few weeks. I still plan on cycling just as much though.
Nayt

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FatGnome
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posted April 10, 2002 16:07     Click Here to See the Profile for FatGnome   Click Here to Email FatGnome     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do when you have a bad back. The water suports your weight instead of your back. You need to be careful what you do when you work out. If you are lifting weights it is a good idea to have your doctor make out a plan for you so that you do not agrivate you back any farther than it already is. It might be a good idea to sit out on the biking for a week or two though because it realy is hard on a bad back. That is unless you have one of the ultra geeky ones that you sit straight up in a chair and pedal with your legs in front of you. =-)

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HerOdyssey
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posted April 15, 2002 00:49     Click Here to See the Profile for HerOdyssey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you tried getting a cushion for lumbar support? I had excruciating pain for months when I started this new job... I came to discover that it was because I had a crappy chair -- and when I complained and had them get me a new one, I could sit for the hours required for me to sit in front of the computer and no longer suffer the pain I had before.

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macadddikt18
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posted April 15, 2002 05:26     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, the new bed has helped and so has decreasing activity so far. I find it a lot easier to sit up straight and with better posture now. I have not had any problems biking though, which is good.
Nayt

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FatGnome
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posted April 19, 2002 07:45     Click Here to See the Profile for FatGnome   Click Here to Email FatGnome     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to hear it. I know if they told me to give up biking I would tell them where they could shove my bike.

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