Gut Rumbles
 

December 14, 2003

lost saturday

I didn't write much yesterday. I fell in with insidious friends and ended up in a Mexican restaurant, where I ate God's Own Burrito and drank my share of a couple of pitchers of margaritas. I also devoured a lot of hot sauce and jalapena peppers. I probably will shit fire today.

I also threw my back out. I'm not going to say what I was doing at the time, but I felt that familiar "pop" and then pure, raw, tingling pain in my lower back and down my right leg. That wandering disc I developed from playing football years ago has moved again and it's pressing on my spinal cord. It hurts like a muthafucker.

I hope that some stretching exercises and a few Allieve tablets will take care of the problem. If not, I'll find my Cracker ass in the Doc in a Box today, begging for some vicodin and muscle relaxers. Been there, done that, but the last time was more than two years ago.

I started doing sit-ups after the last episode, and those seemed to help, but I've been slack about exercising lately. I believe that I am paying a price for my slackness now. My back fucking HURTS!

Old age sucks.

Comments

If you have never tried it, look for a good chiropractor. I used to be deathly afraid of them till my back got so bad I either had to see one or have surgery. It has been almost two years now and my back has been pain free. The good ones can really help.

Posted by: Terry on December 14, 2003 05:50 AM

"Old age sucks"

I couldn't agree with you more..

Posted by: Starhawk on December 14, 2003 08:17 AM

You got that right! The last time I hurt my (right) shoulder diggin' a 6' hole in gumbo clay, I couldn't even fling a stick at a dog for 'bout two years. (Couldn't raise the arm for about 6 months. I hate it when that happens.) I was told that surgery would fix me right up, but the last time docs got aholt of me and operated on me, I felt like a pup with parvovirus. I do not do anesthesia well at ALL, and prefer to live with the pain.

Posted by: SwampWoman on December 14, 2003 09:39 AM

What's a wandering disc?

Posted by: Tanya on December 14, 2003 12:23 PM

Been going to a back-cracker for years, chronic condition, no real cure. I swear by mine. First time in, I couldn't hardly breathe. By the time he finished, I was ready to go dancing.
You have my sympathies, I know the drill.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on December 14, 2003 05:46 PM

If you have a good place for it, make yourself a "hanging bar" where you can just hang from an overhead bar so your feet cannot touch the ground. Carefully hang by your hands for about 5 minutes totally relaxed and get off VERY carefully so as not to jar your back. Also, walk in a slight stoop, leaning your torso just a wee bit to the left side. Keep your back slightly rounded all the time; don't let your lower back curve in at all. .

As you might guess, MB has BTDT several times.

Posted by: MommaBear on December 15, 2003 08:19 AM

It's not exclusive to old age. I have exactly the same damn thing. Wandering L5 disk, thanks to being dropped off a fly and falling 20 feet to a decidedly hard stage once upon a time.

Chiropractors are a waste of time and money. They CAN'T move disks, no matter what they tell you, it's physically impossible unless you have surgery.

I've found the best solution to be heavy doses of Ultram (aka Tramadol) and Acupuncture.

It's kind of a pain in the ass (literally) to have a few dozen needles stuck in your hip, but that shit works.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on December 15, 2003 11:48 AM

age doesn't have anything to do with it. I have struggled with a lower back problem since I was 22! It seems to go out every few years or so. But a this time last year it happend again, did the ciro thing, pain and muscle meds. Some days I can sit for only a few minutes before I have to lie down or walk around. Killing me as I write lol. I could not make out part of what MR Lion wrote??????

Posted by: Jeffinna on December 15, 2003 12:41 PM

"Old age sucks." But he first hurt his back when he was a teen-ager, playing football.

He admitted to "doing sit-ups" (as instructed by his doctor), but he has been "slack about it lately." And he blames old-age? He can act as young as he wants to, when he wants to. Notice that he didn't admit what he was doing to put his back out?

Is he a true Southern Gentleman, or just embarrassed to tell?

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