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HELP! How to fix a lower back pinched nerve???!! OWWWIIIEEE!

   Wed, June 13, 2007 - 8:53 AM
Klutz that I am, walking to the store I freaking tripped!! Ripped up my knee and hand... Woke up that night in extreme lower (left) back pain - STUCK! Couldn't roll over, couldn't sit up... I was really stuck!! I have a pinched nerve and can't get up, stand, bend or move without great distress!!

Anyone know of a magic fix?? Biggun? Flippy? BooHoo! Anyone??


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Wed, June 13, 2007 - 8:57 AM
do you have access to a chiropracter? Not a quack, one who will take an xray first.
Wed, June 13, 2007 - 9:09 AM
OH no !!
I'm don't know from personal experience, but I think I agree w/ Glen.
My ex had an almost chronic back issue and the only thing that saved him was his chiropractor.

(((((( gentle hugs !! ))))))
Wed, June 13, 2007 - 9:15 AM
OOOH, how I wish!! Unfortunately I don't... Thereby my need for a public plea ;-{

(Thankfully, I have trusty laptop (perched on my new, cooling bed-tray) so I can be stuck and remain connected!!)
Wed, June 13, 2007 - 9:24 AM
You may be subjected to bed rest...
...but try this.

A large (mostly long) bag of ice, shaped to fit like a band accross your lower back. place it there in intervals. 20 mins on and 20 mins off.

and move around as little as possible at first.
Wed, June 13, 2007 - 10:36 AM
I Feel for you!
I have had a pinched/inflamed nerve in my back since November. My regular Doctor finally sent me to a specialist and I have been put on some whacky medicine. Makes you tired and then it makes you hyper. Anyway, he is also sending me to an acupuncturist. I am glad there are doctors that agree with alternative methods.

Keep ice on the area....take some ibuprofen. Also, go for walks once you can get back on your feet.

Hope you get better!
Wed, June 13, 2007 - 10:49 AM
No magic
I spent Sunday and Monday with the worst 'stiff neck' I've ever had. I was miserable. Very painful.

My HMO website gave some suggestions, most of which I didn't follow (they suggested COLD, I used HEAT).

I tried different medications just for the pain, and finally after 2+ days, it went away... weird.

My advice is to rest. If it hurts, don't do that. Maybe a good massage?
Wed, June 13, 2007 - 10:53 AM
I'm just getting over this....
Can someone pick up some Arnica Montana for you??? 30X strength. Take 4 of the little tablets, put 'em under your tongue, every hour. My "back lady" had me doing a stretch where I placed my leg (folded in) on the bed and leaned GENTLY forward....making sure to keep the back straight. But, hunny, go get some Arnica.....or I'll send 'em on by carrier lizard (Gawd he hates when I offer his services....), H
Wed, June 13, 2007 - 8:03 PM
Poor baby...big hugs!.....I like heat better than ice packs, (just feels better) but its good to alternate.
Thu, June 14, 2007 - 12:43 AM
I can't be certain without physically being there to check it out, but it sounds like you may have pinched the Sciatic nerve. My best recommendations off the top of my head: Ibuprofen will help alleviate some of the pain. Alternate hot and cold towels on the area for 20 - 30 minutes, starting with hot and ending with cold. Flexion MAY help it but I wouldn't suggest it without a trained thrapist there. Try not to aggravate it. I'll see if anyone I know is in the area.
Thu, June 14, 2007 - 11:04 PM
Don't mess around with this. If you've done something really serious to it, and start messing with it without X-rays, you can end up crippling yourself. GO SEE A PROFESSIONAL. After you have seen the professional, THEN, you can go into whatever your preferred method of treatment may be. But you don't want to take chances with your SPINE.
Fri, June 15, 2007 - 6:33 AM
Thanks everyone!! Yea, this is scary-bad stuff!! ;-{ I'll keep ya posted...