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I kind of want to rip out my spine

Nov 24, 2015 9:12 PM

Apparently cleaning and doing a lot of housework (vacuming, dusting, sweeping, hanging linens, picking things up, removing all the books from my bookcase and then putting them back) is not conductive to having no pain.

Nov 24, 2015 11:21 PM

Vacuming is the worst. I have a canister and an up right. The upright is the worst. I have attached a belt to the canister one and pull it around. Most of the time it is self propelled forward with a heavy hand on the wand, so much less work than the upright. Most people don't understand that a canister onevis meant for you to go slow. And when my husband uses either you'd think he was at a race. Then I have to fuss cause he leave so much behind. LOL

Nov 25, 2015 1:37 AM

I can sure relate to what you're saying. I have had to move home with my folks (Thank God they are still here to be able to do that). My Dad is 86 and my Mom will be 80. I do errands, drive my Dad to appointments that are further away than a few miles and also drive my Mom around because she doesn't feel safe driving with my Dad any more. I love upstairs and I have a Ferret so it takes me time to sterilize her cage every day and also clean her playpen (12' round) so while I'm cleaning get out the cage, she plays in the playpen for a few hours and then I have to clean up whatever poop and/or pee she's done while out playing. I have to have the playpen because there are too many places she can get under and into in my room and then God knows when I'd find her and under what bureau she would poop and then I wouldn't find it until it started to reek. Anyway, I digress.... There are days that I have no idea how the heck in going to take care of her because my spine from cervical down to sacral is so messed up, I've said many times I wish that I could just rip my spine out as well. I'm sorry you're hurting so badly. Hang in there, you're not alone. Sending {{{Hugs}}} and prayers your way.💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Nov 25, 2015 6:50 AM

Pacing.... Do half a chore or one chore, then rest for 15 mins. Vacuuming is hard... I delegate or do one room at a time with breaks in between.

Nov 25, 2015 12:02 PM

I do have days like that as well. Not every day but some days.

Nov 25, 2015 2:37 PM

I can't do chores in bursts, man I wish I could, but if I stop even for a fifteen minute break I can't seem to find it in myself to get back up and keep cleaning. If I stop I end up reeaally feeling the pain for some reason but if I keep going I can distract myself and just keep moving. So I generally power through it, it hurts a lot though, but I need to get the housework done. Right now I'm on a cleaning binge because I haven't cleaned in a while (because a) lazy and b) it hurts) and a lot of dust and cat dander has settled on my furniture and my allergies are trying to murder me. So I as of today have 3 cumulative days of cleaning + pain so far and still a few more to go, I'm feeling awful physically but hey, some parts of my house are pretty nice now.

Nov 25, 2015 2:52 PM

I understand I have to use a broom and it kills me. By the time I sweep the house and mop I'm in such pain all I can do is lay down. Needless to say I am lazy I can't seem to bring myself to sweep again for a couple of days. I have got to force myself because the baby has got to get down on the floor everyday now so for her is going to be my mantra while I sweep.

Nov 25, 2015 5:12 PM

My roommate and I both have shoulder blade issues, so we'll be fine, then do chores, and then we'll joke about the most creative replacements for our spines, and hope the pain leaves. Sometimes it's bad enough we just curl up on the floor.

Nov 28, 2015 9:11 PM

Pacing with rest breaks, and cleaning on a set schedule is how I accomplish it. But vacuuming and mopping are out of the question for my activity lists. Good luck with prayers! 🙏🌼

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