(Closed) Should I go to the hospital?? (kind of long)

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

eeeeks, is it possible to try a chiropractor instead? I’d say go to a different doc, but it sounds like you already did that :

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

bed rest and ICE it … Fiance had the same thing … it took awhile

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@bjm1119:  well you haven’t felt better after either doctor appointment, have you?

Chiropractors can do a lot of different non-surgical manipulations to help with things. If it’s something purely muscle-related, you might try a massage therapist. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ugh! Are you taking painkillers?

I had a weird back thing a couple years ago. I wasn’t doing any heavy lifting, but I felt like I pulled a muscle and it was sore and not very flexible.

Then I sneezed. Mother of god, the pain.

I was doubled over, could not stand up. Fiance took me to the ER. (first time ever going to the hospital for myself EVER, but I was so freaked out.) I think it took me about 5 days to stand normally. From a pulled muscle. Made worse by a sneeze.

It sounds like you definitely need a few more days of of work, at the least. Did either doctor give you a pain recovery timeline?

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

There is nothing more the hospital can do for you at this point.

Try and get into a comfortable position and rest rest rest. Start seeing a physio and hopefully you can start working towards healing!

I am sorry you are in so much pain!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I did something similar when I worked as a CNA…except it was a 200lb man. Do exactly what the doctor tells you and don’t let work guilt you into doing more. If 8 hrs on your feet is painful, they should be required to get you a stool or chair to sit in. Follow the physical therapy completely– it’s seriously the best advice I can give you. I had to be completely drugged on pain killers for over a month and it was the darkest and most miserable time of my life. A chiropractor or massage therapist might make you feel better temporarily, but completing physical therapy is the only way to truly repair it. I didn’t do my physical therapy as much as I should have, and my injury continued to flare up for years until I worked really hard to lose a lot of weight and strengthen my back.

As for your current pain, I would try work and leave as soon as it starts to irritate you. Definitely make another appointment with your doctor after you analyze your work situation. Try wearing a back support (if your doctor okays it) and ask about a topical product called BioFreeze that helps with sore muscles. Hang in there :/

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@CEtoSAHM:  my uncle is a chiropractor – it’s not something ‘temporary’, if something is misaligned or out of place, they can work to manipulate it back to the correct position.

But it does sound muscular – definitely look for BioFreeze – my uncle gave it to my mom all the time (back issues after 4 c-sections and being thrown off a horse).

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

If it is just a muscle pull, the alleve, ice and rest should help in a few days.  Your employer’s priority is to hold down their costs and liability, do be aware of that.

If there is actual damage, only an MRI can show that.  Have xrays been taken?  That should be step one.  If somrthing looks off, an MRI is next.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@bjm1119:  Take some Ibuprofen lady! My doc gave me vicodin for my sneeze attack, but over the counter meds work best for me.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@hisgoosiegirl:  I was referring to the OPs post. Her doctor obviously thinks that it is muscular (based on the anti-inflammatories, nothing showing up on x-rays, and the doctor prescribing physical therapy) and you agreed yourself. So yes, in this case, it would only be temporary relief IF any relief.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Well, I work in an ER and I would not recommend  that you go to the ER unless you are having bladder or bowel incontinence. This is the only indication of a true emergency related to your back. You should follow up with your doctor if the pain continues and rest, rest, rest. Unfortunately back injuries seem to be either serious life-long problems, or they go away after a couple weeks. If it is just a muscle strain you will be good to go shortly here. . .  Note whether the pain is along your spine or to the side of it – that is a good ay to tell if you injured your actual spine or just the muscles. Hope you feel better soon!

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