My Enemy: the sock

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   Posted 10/22/2010 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
How is it that such a tiny thing can totally ruin one's week? Here I was doing so much better and I go to pick up a dropped sock & throw out my back. Now I'm practically bedridden -- can get up to use washroom & eat a small snack and that's about it. cry

Went yesterday for an unscheduled epidural. It's helped some, but I'm waiting for it to really kick in (gosh I hope it kicks in soon). Ugghhh!

Well, I'm sure I don't need to say more. I know you all understand. I just hope I can get back to normal-ish before too many more days go by.

skull BEWARE THE SOCKS skull

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   Posted 10/22/2010 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Get you a grabber so you don't have to bend over again. I use mine when I can't bend.

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   Posted 10/23/2010 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy is right, those grabbers are the best thing since sliced bread. I use mine for so much stuff. I even use outside, lol. Sure does save on the back. I have a cheaper moel that is all plastic and the metal ones are a little more expensive, But either one works just fine for me.

Take care of yourself Frances.
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   Posted 10/23/2010 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
A pencil put me down for a week at least.

It fell off my desk, I bent down to get it....... Ahhhhhhhh.

Had to leave work. The boss thought I was making it all up!


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   Posted 10/23/2010 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
At work I make my students pick up anything that I drop or they drop. I refuse to bend over and risk a spasm.
I have a student with a sprained ankle and I'm having to push her around the school on a rolling chair because she can't walk well on her crutches. I can't let the children push her, because of liability issues. So I grunt my way down the hall.

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   Posted 10/23/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Frances, it really is amazing how easy it is to agravate an injured or even previously injured area. I remember when something as simple as changing the tire sent me to urgent care with a note to take off from work and I remember how hard is was to just get up off the couch for a few days. Makes me glad I didn't go bungie jumping that day :P

I hope you feel better though. Just remember this like most things will heal with time.
MRI revealed a bulging disc w/gel lost at L5 and showed the bulge touching nerves, causing sciatica. Diagnosed w/ Arthritis which is responsible for joint inflamation pain. Treatment: Nucynta 50-150 mgs every 6 hours (schedule II narcotic, Mu Opoid agonist and NE reuptake inhibitor), Celebrex 100 mgs, Klonopin .5, Epidurals, Radio Freq nuerotomy (sept 8th, 2010)

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   Posted 10/23/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had lots of episodes of back spasms, locking up, severe pain, having to lie down ... I used to spend half a week or more on the couch on a heating pad.  Then I was given half a tablet of Valium (diazepam).  It's a good muscle relaxant for this problem, cures me within an hour.
I tried chiro, won't even go there again.  One wanted me to sign up for a 6 weeks program at $1700 out of pocket, and he wouldn't tell me what he was going to do!  "Just trust me." Yeah, right!  The second took me in right away, said he would be gently, and cracked my back and neck.  It made the pain MUCH worse, and I'll never do that again!

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   Posted 10/23/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Frances,

So sorry to hear you are hurting....but I could so relate!! It is those little everyday things that can really kick your butt! I hate when they happen! It is one of the most frustrating things....when something so simple can hurt you so much!

Take care of you!
Spinal Stenosis L3/L4, L4/L5 & L5/S1 with Nerve Impingement, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, GERD, Severe Depression, VERY Large Cyst Right Ovary causing mild twisting, Small Cysts Left Ovary & 3 Large Cysts Uterus and Possible RA

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   Posted 10/23/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes!....the dreaded SOCK on the floor! I think anyone with a back problem can relate to your story. smilewinkgrin

It is one of the most disgusting parts of my day when that happens. I have to shuffle down on one knee, just to pick up those stinkers! smilewinkgrin

Now!....I have to agree with the Grabber tool, but what does one do, when you drop it!

I can see it now!.....a backup Grabber tool in the other hand! :)

We hope you get to feeling better soon!

Take care,



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   Posted 10/23/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   


   Dear Francess,

    The sock must be banished now skull   Obviously it has it comming!

  In all seriousness, try to realx as much as you can and lets pray it passes quickly. Hang in there and stay strong!

*warm hugg*

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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 10/23/2010 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, next time, just let the dryer eat it!\\
Sorry ou're down and out....hope you get relief soon
protruding discs, c-4, c-5 and c-7 with spinal cord impingement, which is causing numbness, pins and needles and peripheral pain.arthritis of the left knee

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   Posted 10/23/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
(((((((((Frances)))))))))))). I hope you are feeling better!


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   Posted 10/23/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! You all are so sweet. Thanks for all the responses. Usually I squat down to pick up items & that works fine. I was just on a roll -- had gotten up at quarter to 6, got a bunch of housework done, headed for my monthly appointment & hadn't been back home for 5 minutes before I threw out my back emptying the dryer. Took me 90 minutes just to be able to move. I tried to treat for muscle spasms but somehow one of my nerves got irritated too so that's why we ended up with the epidural.
I'm still recovering some today, but am feeling quite a bit better. I figure I'll do a few things tomorrow -- maybe some light traction -- and hopefully will be better to interview on Monday (it was supposed to be Thursday afternoon but obviously that didn't happen).
It's hard when things start to seem more normal to remember that the reason they seem that way is because of the huge number of modifications/adaptations that I've incorporated into my daily life (28 major ones at last count -- and that doesn't count the once a week changes like not bending at the waist to pick up dropped objects). I want other people to think that I'm basically normal but apparently had fooled myself into thinking that as well. :(

I won't make that mistake again. Thanks all for the advice & encouragement. I'm a bit out of it right now but I'll definitely read through them again when I'm feeling a bit better.

Off to ice my back...

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   Posted 10/23/2010 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frances
I hope that ice helps, I know I always used to keep at least two or three styrene Foam cups full of water in the freezer that way when I got a back spasm my spouse could hold the cup and peel the sides off and ice the spasming muscle till it was numb and then I could stretch it out.  The ice was terrible at first but after it got numb it really felt good.  I still keep the frozen cups but it is hard to to the ice by yourself. Anyway I can sure empathize with you, I hope you are feeling better!  Try alternating with heat and ice, that usually works better that just using either one alone.
  I do wish you well!
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   Posted 10/24/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree with White Beard on this one.

Ice is serverely underated. Its a dual action *medication* so to speak because it decreases inflamation and decreases sensetivity to the pain through topical nerve numbing. Let me stop being anylytical and rational for a second and be emotional a sensible instead....

Ice feels really good, and if throw a warm bath in there after the swelling goes down, its heaven on earth :P

*hugs* I really do hope you feel better though Frances. Just remember socks come in 6 packs so as long as you've got about 5 bucks, you can lose a few ;P
MRI revealed a bulging disc w/gel lost at L5 and showed the bulge touching nerves, causing sciatica. Diagnosed w/ Arthritis which is responsible for joint inflamation pain. Treatment: Nucynta 50-150 mgs every 6 hours (schedule II narcotic, Mu Opoid agonist and NE reuptake inhibitor), Celebrex 100 mgs, Klonopin .5, Epidurals, Radio Freq nuerotomy (sept 8th, 2010)
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