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I need help with some relatively quick solutions to my back pain. I hurt my back in a rather inelegant way a week ago (hillarious story involving cows) and It doesn't feel like I am getting better. I need some pain relief so i can function.<br><br>
I have been to the chiropractor a couple times, and will return (probably on friday) for another adjustment. I feel like my muscles are pulled all across the bottom of my ribs and across my back. Sometimes it's hard to breathe<br><br>
I'm not opposed to western medicine at all. In fact, i have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning. I'm just hoping someone has some miracle I haven't tried yet. Or at least some coping mechanisms.<br><br>
I took a Robax on sunday during a particularily bad spasm and will never, ever do that again as long as I live. I had an allergic reaction that i am still suffering with (rash, itchiness, vomiting. i swear I have lost 10 lbs)<br><br>
I have been taking Advil as needed, usually 200mg every 5 hours. Oh, and Benadryl to make the itching stop.<br><br>
Here's the problem. On Saturday i leave with both kids (11 mos and 5 years) to take DS to see the specialists 5 hours away. I'll be on my own for 4 days, hauling the kids to various appointments, some as many as 20 blocks away. I have a stroller I can pop them in as i won't have a car and will take the bus to and from the city. I just need a way to get through this without completely breaking down.
 

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First off, hugs. I know how awful it is to hurt your back, and then to have a long car ride on top of it is just a double whammy. But, will you be doing a lot of walking on your trip? I've found that walking is the BEST thing by far for my back. The chiro did help when I threw mine out, but really, long term healing, came from being active and walking regularly.<br><br>
For short term help, I would use ice frequently. Dampen a hand towel, fold it in quarters, put it in a plastic bag and freeze it. Several times a day, lay on it for 15 minutes or so (that is about as long as it stays frozen and as long as you should apply ice). Be sure to do it at bedtime each night. Applying ice helps so much. Also, stretch your hamstrings. While you are laying on your back, straiten one leg strait up in the air, as best as you can, until you feel your hamstring stretch.<br><br>
Good luck. I hope you feel better soon.
 

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Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I think i will have to buy a bag of peas to use as an ice pack when i get down there.<br><br>
Hopefully walking will work. We do have a whole ton of walking to do because we can't take the stroller on the bus, and we have 1 day at 1 hospital (20 blocks away) and 1 day at another hospital (5 blocks, but 2 appointments on either side of a gigantic hosp.)<br><br>
Thank goodness Vancouver is a relatively flat city! I would be so screwed if i had to push my stroller up and down hills for 2 days while I'm there.
 
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