Thursday, June 28, 2012

Do You Suffer From Back Pain?

Hey neighbors!

Do any of you suffer from back pain?  I have, and believe me when I say it is not something I ever want to experience again!  One really bad thing was I was not at home.  What started out as some back discomfort, quickly escalated to Severe back pain and an emergency room visit.  One of the ladies we know in Chicago suggested visiting her chiropractor.

So, we loaded up and took a 45 minute trip only to have him tell us he would not consider doing anything to my back.  He explained that what I was describing sounded more like a disc problem and that by adjusting my back at all he could actually do more damage.  He recommended the local emergency room.  So, we took off again.

At the ER they did x-rays and gave me some morphine for pain.  It didn't even touch it.  The next day I was still in so much pain that we visited another ER.  Now, I could barely walk.  I had pain in the lower right side of my back, that shot all the way down the back of my leg to my heel, where it then shot across the top of my foot.  I had to have help getting up and down.

First stop in the ER after vitals were taken was a trip for an MRI.  It was great trying to climb from the bed to the MRI table!  After the MRI was done I was taken back to the ER for a very long wait.  Well, that is when I found out I had a swollen disc.  They wanted to keep me and were considering steroid shots in the back.  While they discussed doing this, they found out through blood work that I was diabetic.  Well, you can't do steroid shots because they raise your glucose level.  they kept me for 5 days and gave me muscle relaxers, pain medication and diabetes meds.  They suggested I work on getting the diabetes under control and then consider steroids.

Well, that is not how I work.  I immediately began dieting.  Counting carbs, reducing any sugar intake, and slowly began walking on a treadmill.  Within one month, through diet and exercise I was able to stop all medications.  I still count carbs and watch my blood sugar.  I also am continuing exercise on a treadmill and I will be starting work with weights. It is hard to do when we travel, so I have had some ups and downs, but I am determined to stay off medications and to lose weight.

Another thing that truly helps is sleeping in a Tempur-pedic bed.  I also use a neck pillow when we travel as it helps to keep my neck straight, which of course helps my back.  Anything to help keep me from experiencing that type of pain again.

Have any of my neighbors here At the Fence experienced back pain?  What did you do?  Leave a comment.

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post for Healthy Back, however, all thoughts and
opinions are my own.

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

I've dealt with lower back pain for the past 20 years. I've been for physical therapy a few times. Now it's beginning to effect my right leg. The doctor thinks I might have a herniated disk that is pressing on a nerve. I'm going to need to schedule an MRI soon to see what's going on. I exercise a few days a week, but I need to get out and walk more often. I perform back-specific exercises like pelvic tilts and bridges, but I've been told walking 20 minutes a day would be a big help.

Hope you're feeling better soon.