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Back Pain Messing Up Everything!

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#1 barefut


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Posted 20 April 2007 - 05:50 AM

My lower back has been giving me grief again! Sitting on the hard bleachers at my son's baseball game for 3 hours lastnight didn't help matters. Today there's no position to be in that doesn't hurt. Took 2 Alieve with no relief. Sitting is especially uncomfortable.

I am frustrated to tears. I have SO much work to catch up on. Since I had to be gone all day for 2 days, nothing got done and I'm swamped with dirty laundry, dirty dishes, and a fridge and a pantry that needs to be cleaned out. I have no one who can help me with these things. I hate days like this. To top it off it is beautiful and sunny today which only makes me more frustrated because I would LOVE to work in my gardens and yard. WHY ME?!

Just got an appt withARNP in two hours. Maybe my back and this day can be saved? But even if I get pain relief, I know I'll be told to just rest. Being alone is hard. How will anything get done?! My whole life is one step forward 2 steps back. Never any PROGRESS!

Just had to be a crybaby....Thanks for listenin'


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Posted 20 April 2007 - 06:08 AM


Rant and rave all you want! We're here for you and have all had days like this, some too numerous to count. Where I get down and out and cry all the time, my husband reminds me ' the more you cry the less you pee'! Doesn't help I know, but maybe gives you a chuckle for today.

Have you ever been to a pain management doctor? I have and he's done wonders for my back problems. There are treatments available including nerve blocks and radio frequency which I've done with excellent results on both my lower back and neck. BTW - Ice packs help me on those days when the pain breaks thru.

Sorry you have to deal with this alone. Do you have family that you can call? When it feels like I've been dealt a raw deal and we all have at one time or another- I remind myself that my sisters, brothers, mom or dad could be the ones suffering with this and I'm more relieved that it's me. I'm not happy, but able to cope better if I know my loved ones aren't suffering. I've had cancer twice, so I know what having strength is about and I'm sending some your way!!!

Hopefully you can get out in that garden of yours and don't worry about a house that's lived in. Now if you start having little critters move in, then I'd really worry about housekeeping!

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 07:57 AM

Oh Barefut,

My heart goes out to you as my back is one of my worst problems. Sometimes on days like you are having now, you need to forget all of the duties you have in front of you and take care of yourself. Unfortunately all that work will still be there when you are feeling a bit better. Soak in a hot tub with Epsom salts, get a massage, do some stretching, yoga or whatever works for you.......but remember "This too shall pass."
Warm and gentle hugs,

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 08:11 AM

Barefut, I use a chair that is for staduims yes those bleachers can really hurt your back when you sit too long. They have some that look really nice those cost a bit more then you have some that look like lounge chairs, I'm not sure what the cost is for them. I think you should be able to find them at walmart or kmart.

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 09:41 AM

Hi Barefut ,

Sorry you are having a frustrating day. But what a good mom you are to go and watch your sons game.In the end will your kids remember the dirty fridge or the fact you where at the game to cheer them on. Try not to be so hard on yourself.

I know that feeling of being overwhelmed. I always try to remember the saying . How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If I think of all the things that need to be done its too much. If I pick one little job and take breaks until its done I feel I have accomplished something. Kathy

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 03:55 PM

I am so sorry you're having such a bad day!!!! It's hard enough I am sure to be a single parent. To be a single parent with the mess we have is the pits. Does your husband help out at all? Focus on your health. Don't worry about the mess. I always say that it's good to have a sticky floor. You can really use your leg muscles when you get stuck! :D
I am sending good vibes your way. Hang in there!

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 05:27 AM


That saying of your husband's did make me laugh. :P Thanks. I have not been to a pain mgmt doctor. I injured my back at work about 10 years ago - was told a bulging disc. It's given me troubles off and on ever since. Doesn't help when my hips chime in at the same time.

Went to see ARNP and he said to try 2 Alieve 2x/day and if I had breakthrough pain to call him this weekend and he'd call in an Rx for some Tylenol withcodiene. I did have some relief later in the day.
I will be sitting on ice today too. Thank you for your kind reply :)

Thanks Sweet. You're so......."sweet" :rolleyes:


I HAVE seen others with those seats and I AM going to get one too! Yes, some of them look pretty fancy and comfy. I do get up and stretch and walk around a lot which helps.

Thank you for reminding me what is most important. I do also need to be reminded to tackle things with that "one bite at a time" mindset. That is hard for me. I have always been a, "get it all done all at once - and right now" kind of person. It's hard for me to leave things undone or a mess. My father raised me to "work first, play/relax later" HOWEVER, he was not a mom and a mother's work is NEVER DONE. I still need to find that balance.


Hubby moved out last August. We don't see him at all, so no help there. Thanks for your good vibes. I got them. :)

Have a Good Day All,

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 06:52 AM

I am so sorry to hear that you are in pain and feel alone. Yes you do need and disserve a good long pain free break! Hopefully it will come soon for you. In the meantime it sounds like you are doing a great job, dispite how you feel! I am sure that your efforts are greatly appreciated. Good luck with your apt and I do hope that your back pain subsides.