Please help, cannot sit suddenly

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   Posted 1/1/2018 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a very stressful Christmas. Visiting son totaled my car. Spent days (2 straight) using bad posture on my couch with my laptop to find another car and started having back pain. Used an electrode back massager to help. The next day went to yoga, back went out. Not horrible so I stayed reclined and used icy patches.

Yesterday I couldn't get up without help and it got much worse so I used ice. Then laid on the floor to elevate my legs with a stool for the chair position that I heard would help. Then husband helped me up and I was in excruciating pain! So I took old prescription pain meds to sleep.

Today I feel the pain but it seems a bit better but cannot sit. I tried to work at the table with a hard chair and felt the stirrings of pain again. I have decided to work standing and am moving a lot.

I will know tomorrow whether to go see a Dr. (or should I see a chiropractor? its New Years day so no one is open) I am elevating one leg at a time slightly and distributing my weight.

Now I am taking Ibuprofen. What else can I do today? I can't stand forever.

I'm getting really exasperated. Should my husband massage it? Keep moving or rest? stretch or no stretch? Icy patch or Ice or heat?

I will take my son to the airport I guess but cant imagine driving right now.

I am 54 and healthy

Post Edited (Arttillygirl) : 1/1/2018 11:32:09 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/1/2018 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello & welcome to the forum. Sorry to read about everything that has been going on. You can also try alternating some moist heat with the ice. Try the gentle stretches & see how you feel. At this stage most everything is trial & error. Same with your husband, let him try to do a light massage. If this were me, I would wait & see my GP for an evaluation. Sounds like you may have strained your back, but that is for your dr to decide.

Let us know how your appt goes. Take care.
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   Posted 1/1/2018 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Susie on her reply.

I’m sorry you are going through this and having this kind of pain. I deal with it on a daily basis. I will share with you my issue for which cause me pain when sitting. In 2011 I was taking care of my dying grandmother and she was starting to fall so I wrapped myself around her and took her fall falling straight down on my behind with mine and her weight. I started have pain when sitting that would not go away and finally got approval for a MRI and they found degenerative disc disease from L4 to S1 with a bugle and the fall had cause it to flare up which has never gone away. I have finally gotten to the point where I can now sit for at least 30 mins to an hour before having pain. So it’s possible that the accident to have flared something up or caused something to go wrong with you spine however I am no doctor and would definitely see your doctor or specialist for X-rays and MRI. Hope my sharing my experience helps you. Hope you had a Happy New Years with family even though your in pain. Hugs and take care.

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   Posted 1/1/2018 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, I will do that. This defense mutely does not seem normal and I do not ever want ant man o get through it again!
I am so sorry for your pain as well.
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