Friday, January 23, 2009

I've Pulled!!!

It was a few days ago, when I was helping the guys at work shift a few boxes that had come in. As I got stuck in, trotting from van to pavement, an attractive redhead walked by. I looked over and said nothing, finding myself smiling meekly. She sneered in return and continued on her way.

When I woke up the next morning, I was in agony. I had pulled my lower back out of joint and several days on, it is only getting worse.

Granted, spending last weekend sitting at a jaunty angle for two days in front of my computer probably didn't help my spine much, but then neither did box shifting in this atrophied state.

I've had to cancel a birthday do I was off to tonight, you know, the one where I was to meet the Love of my Life™, choosing to go home and swallow more painkillers instead.

And to think I was mentally preparing myself to bike back to work and CHANGE EVERYTHING (etc). I can barely walk.

Jolly good.

On the plus side, I have managed to break the barren patch to get back into writing The World's Worst Novel That Will Never Get Published™, so I'm happier. Furthermore, Obama's become president. You heard it here first. Am I the only one who thinks he should get his own theme tune? Who's the leader of the club who's here to save the day? B.A.R... A.C.K... O.B.A.M.A.

I love that man. What an inspirati-Jesus, my fucking back!!!


The Unbearable Banishment said...

Get some powerful meds. I hate to lay this on you but back pain is the worst. If you don’t allow enough downtime for it to heal properly, it’ll never go away. I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but it’s the truth.

Z said...

Agh. Hope it's better soon. If you can lie in bed and not have to resort to sleeping on the floor, you're making a fuss about not a whole lot. If you can't sit but have to walk or lie flat, you are entitled to a bit of a moan.

Peach said...

hey you, sorry you're in such a bad way. Will be back in the smoke at some flipping point soon so will invite you over to the new pad xxx

Anonymous said...

Some tips, from one who has thrown his back out god knows how many times. You got the first step right with painkillers. Have a friend run those for you.

Second, do you have a heating pad? If so, alternate between it and a bag of frozen corn or frozen peas. These actually work better than bags of ice as they'll match up with the contours of yr back as needed. Typically less ice burn too.

Finally, this may sound a little odd, but try lying lengthwise across your bed so that your feet hang over one side and your chin the other. Not a great idea for long periods of time but for at least 10-15 minutes this position usually alleviates some of the pressure that might creates the sharp jolts of pain from moving in your chair, walking across the room and so on.

Good luck, amigo. And hey, look at me, a comment under 2000 words. ;-).


Anonymous said...

back pain typically will run it's course in 6 weeks - no matter what you do. but the tips from Sonny are pretty good... i had a chipped vertabrae, and will get out of whack periodically. that's pretty much all i do... rest is best...

Clarissa said...

You are such a tease.

Girl Friday said...

Maybe you should go to a Physio? Very unEnglish to not just suck it up and wait, I do realise. Maybe that Physio will be hot and maybe you will pull as a result of the pull. You NEVER know!

Anonymous said...

monkey shit

c said...

ah ha ha haha hahaha!

And let's wait to see what Barack actually does before claiming he is the Messiah. Gotta stop judging people by the colour of their skin, as there are plenty arseholes of all races (mostly politicians).

Will said...

Hey, my back hurts too. Must be something going round.

P.S. Did someone forget to pass c the "Barack is the Messiah" memo?

Trixie said...

For someone who seemed to be in a lot of pain....that was a bit of a cheery post from you for once!

It must be the pain killers.

fwengebola said...

UB ~ Telling me that back pain is the worst isn't as bad as the actual back pain. But you raise an interesting point, as it doesn't seem to be going away.
Z ~ The problem is that it feels better by the evening, but after a night spent horizontal, I get out of bed having to support myself on all sorts of stable units, like a half-ton Texan.
SA ~ That was so interesting, you should've written that twice. They all sound interesting, and hellish. I hate having to do stuff to my body that isn't carnal. Seeing a physio tomorrow. That might help, but thanks nonetheless.
Df ~ 6 frickin weeks? Really? Fucking hell.
Clar ~ How? HOW?Gf ~ (yes i'm going tomorrow). I very much doubt the physio will be hot and if she is, the healthy fitness fanatic will doubtless not want to fuck me.
Anon ~ yes indeed.
C ~ (in anon mode). I don't love that man for the colour of his skin, but for the content of his character™.
Will ~ Could be the cold, now I think about it. And I don't think the bible-bashing racist fundiemaniacs of the Deep South got the memo.
Trix ~ That was cheery? Oh yeah. I'd better hammer a nail into my arse, or something.

Anonymous said...

Tens machine. Ask your physio for one.

Fucken marvelous.

fwengebola said...

But that means I've gotta go back there.

luna said...

Ask for an upright X-ray so the chiropractor you're going to see has an idea where the problem lies.
Otherwise they give you standard treatment because they're in the dark really.

And I would bet your cycling is a contributing cause of your back pain

fwengebola said...

I wasn't cycling when it buggered up. It's better now, of course.