My aching back cont….

Well I went to my doctor this morning and found out I have a condition called “sciatica”. Basically my back was inflamed because of my old injury and it was pinching & putting pressure on my sciatic nerve. I’m now taking a round of steroids, pain killers, and muscle relaxers to try and bring the swelling down and alleviate the pain. Hopefully the steroids don’t affect me in the same way they did that pro-wrestler a few weeks ago…just in case I told Jose he better not make me angry. 🙂 I’ve also been totally wiped out by the relaxers, and pain killers so blogging may be light for the next couple of days, or maybe it will get interesting and I’ll be blogging while wasted (BWW)! I cannot be held accountable for anything I blog in the next week! Well I must go now, if I sit in this chair too long it feels like my spine is going to break. Have a great night everyone…Ciao.

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6 responses to “My aching back cont….

  1. Ice massage therapy
    For patients experiencing back pain, ice massage therapy is quick, free, easy to do, and it can provide significant pain relief for many types of back pain. In a world of sophisticated medical care, a simple ice massage can still be one of the more effective, proven methods to treat a sore back or neck, either when used alone or in combination with other treatments.

    How ice massage therapy provides pain relief
    Ice massages can help provide relief for back pain in a number of ways, including:

    Ice application slows the inflammation and swelling that occurs after injury. Most back pain is accompanied by some type of inflammation, and addressing the inflammation helps reduce the pain

    Ice massage therapy numbs sore tissues (providing pain relief like a local anesthetic)

    Ice massage therapy slows the nerve impulses in the area, which interrupts the pain-spasm reaction between the nerves

    Ice massage therapy decreases tissue damage

    Ice massage therapy is most effective if it is applied as soon as possible after the injury occurs. The cold makes the veins in the tissue contract, reducing circulation. Once the cold is removed, the veins overcompensate and dilate and blood rushes into the area. The blood brings with it the necessary nutrients to allow the injured back muscles, ligaments and tendons to heal.

    As with all pain relief treatments, there are some cautions with applying ice and using ice massage therapy. Never apply ice directly to the skin. Instead, be sure that there is a protective barrier between the ice and skin, such as a towel. Limit the ice application to no more than fifteen or twenty minutes. Additionally, ice should also not be used for patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud’s Syndrome, cold allergic conditions, paralysis, or areas of impaired sensation.

  2. How to use ice massage therapy for back pain
    While any form of applying cold to the injured area—such as a bag of ice wrapped in a towel or a commercial ice pack—should be helpful, combining massage with ice application is a nice alternative for pain relief.

    Applying ice massage therapy
    To do ice massage therapy, a regular ice cube may be used, but it’s better to use a larger piece of ice. One easy way to do this is to freeze water in a paper or styrofoam cup, then peel the top inch or two of the cup to expose the ice surface.

    Someone else can give the ice massage, with the patient lying on his or her stomach in a comfortable position with a pillow placed under the hips to keep stress off the low back. Patients can also give themselves ice massages by lying on their side and reaching around to apply ice to the low back.

    Guidelines for ice massage therapy
    For optimal results, ice massage therapy should be gently applied to the lower back as follows:

    Apply the ice gently and massage in a circular motion

    Focus the ice massage therapy on the six-inch area of the back where the pain is felt

    Avoid applying the ice massage directly on the bony portion of the spine

    Limit the ice massage therapy to about 5 minutes at a time (to avoid an ice burn)

    In general, one should never apply ice directly to the skin to avoid burning the skin. However, with ice massage therapy it is okay to apply the ice to the skin because the ice doesn’t stay in one place for long.

    The key to ice massage therapy is to achieve numbness in the area of injury without burning the skin. Once this ‘numbness’ has been reached, gentle, minimal stress movements can be made. When the numbness has worn off, the ice massage can be applied again for another cycle. Ice massage therapy can be repeated two to three times a day.

    Ice alone can help ease pain
    One does not have to include massage with the ice to benefit. Simple application of a cold pack or ice placed in a plastic bag and wrapped in a towel or other protective barrier (to protect the skin from ice burn) is also effective. Ice or a cold pack should be applied for no more than 20 minutes at a time and can be applied several times a day (e.g. up to eight or ten times in a twenty-four hour period). There are many types of ice packs that can be used, such as:

    A commercial cold pack or ice pack. Many types of ice packs (such as those filled with gel) are available at drug stores and general merchandise stores. These can be kept in the freezer ready for use when needed, and re-frozen after each use.

    A homemade ice pack. To make an ice pack, simply put the desired amount of ice in a plastic bag and squeeze the air out of the bag before sealing it. Some people like to add a little water to the ice so that the bag is not so lumpy. The bag should be wrapped in a towel before applying it to the painful area.

    A frozen towel. To make a towel into a cold pack, place a folded, damp towel in a plastic back and put it in the freezer for ten to twenty minutes. Then take the towel out of the bag and place it on the painful area.

    Frozen food. If ice is needed quickly, it is easy to grab a bag of frozen vegetables out of the freezer, wrap it in a towel and apply to the painful area.

    To avoid getting an ice burn, be sure to limit application of ice to no more than twenty minutes and do not fall asleep lying on an ice pack.

  3. Source: http://www.spine-health.com/topics/conserv/ice/ice01.html

    Now you have a use for that bag of frozen brussel sprouts in your freezer….

  4. Glad they at least found the problem. Hope the treatment gets you well soon.

  5. I think Mr. Dragon is trying to tell you something. lol Does Jose have a family evacuation plan that you don’t know the details too?

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  6. Hey Mr. Drags thanks for the info. I didn’t have brussel sprouts, so I had to use broccoli.

    Hammer my back is feeling better today, but I still have some pain.

    Dazd I bet Jose does have an emergency plan, but he hasn’t told me about it…I wonder why!

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