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Just had an emergency Dr home visit! HELP!!

Nov 04, 2016 8:32 AM

I've been suffering from horrendous back pain up and down my spinal column. I can barely walk and it's causing me so much horrific pain on a scale of 1-10 I would quite happily say 100.000.000 the worst pain I have ever encountered. I rand the Dr surgery yesterday and he gave me
Diclofenac suppositories
Anyways, I rang the Dr this morning who said they would do a home visit. The Dr has came and looked at my back and said muscular pain in my entire spine and said I need to get up and start moving around not laid up in bed! Well firstly how can I when I'm in that much pain and can barely walk and secondly I have severe pain that he isn't doing any thing for. He's giving me 1 suppository a day which works for all of 2 hours then back in severe pain again! Methocarbamol as a muscle relaxant but then in pain again! Then Dihydracodeine but again in pain within an hour. Just wondering if any one knows what he means by muscular back pain... Is there a name for it?

Thank you x

Nov 04, 2016 11:20 AM

Unfortunately the Dr is right, Muscular pain, your muscles are probably in spasm which is why he's given muscle relaxants. Moving around as much as possible is also the best thing also to do, obviously we understand you're in pain but you must move as much as you can- hot showers can be really helpful or a bath if you're able to get in one and sit comfortably and safe, you can start moving simply by doing gentle stretching, google gentle stretches for the back,legs,arms and neck.

Nov 04, 2016 11:23 AM

Thank you, my Father in law was a band 7 physiotherapist for the NHS but is retired now. He has came to see me and has told me I have thoracic back pain. He's giving me a stronger tens machine to use and told me little gentle exercises to do but to do them in bed whilst I am resting. He said he can't give me a time scale on when I will get better but will help rehabilitate me on a daily basis xx

Nov 04, 2016 11:29 AM

Hoping the tens is giving you some relief and I'm glad your FIL came over to help and direction.

Feel better soon!!

Nov 04, 2016 11:37 AM

Bed is the worst place if you are there for more than a day or two...thoracic back pain is just your thoracic (upper-mid)spine,so it's more than likely muscular pain in the thoracic spine. Tens machine may help with the pain but use it in conjunction with the stretches but also if you have to be in bed, make sure you get up and try a little walk every once in a while. Movement is the most important thing. I'm a C3/4-C5/6 and T7/8 quadriplegic and moving as much as I can makes all the difference, stretching is so important for me.😊

Nov 04, 2016 12:58 PM

My main pain is muscular and it gets worse if i don't keep active.
Stretch, stretch, heat, stretch, cardio for increased blood flow, stretch, heat, stretch, massage, heat, stretch, stretch, acupuncture, stretch. then when it calms down a little strengthen.
Restorative yoga is about to become your best friends. But don't stay in bed, you'll only make it worse

Nov 04, 2016 1:18 PM

K, I understand your pain. I have to tell you that as hard as it is to move and as much pain as you have, you have to. I live upstairs in my parent's house and there's only ONE bathroom (You guessed it, it's downstairs). I could put a commode up here but I'm not going to give myself an excuse to not move. Don't get me wrong, there are days I don't know how I'll even get down there but I do it every day.... hang in there sweetheart. You'll get through this. {{Hugs}}πŸ’•

Nov 04, 2016 2:02 PM

K, hopefully the Tens unit will help your muscle pain. Besides my fibro and spinal issues I have a diagnosed muscular issue that means my muscles are in constant pain, but I can't think of the word they call it at this moment. Moving around is what helps the most. If I don't get up and move every hour then I get stiff. I use going to the bathroom, refilling my water cup, or eating as reasons to move, as well as doing gentle stretches and walking the treadmill as much as possible. I even go outside to walk in the yard with my dog and grandpup. Lol, they stay right beside me like little guardians, as I slowly make my way around the yard. When I first started moving it was tough but it gets easier with time and movement. I'm recuperating from C3-4 surgery, and took a fall Saturday that has my back muscles spamming into my neck. Warm showers, massages with pain ointment and gentle stretches are helping then (& muscle relaxer med). I hope you'll see improvement as you work with your father in law to regain mobility. Hugs love and prayersΒ‘ πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΈ

Nov 04, 2016 2:05 PM

A foam roller is probably a good investment. I find that if i lay on the floor with it in my mid upper back and relax as much as possible the muscles will very slowly relax a little and I'll get some movement back into my spine. I do that every day

Nov 04, 2016 3:11 PM

Thank you all, I'm managing to sit up and lie down now (wasn't able to earlier) I'm able to get up and out of bed a little bit and I've managed to eat and drink. Going to attempt to get up and walk around a little bit tomorrow. Xx

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