Please don't misconstrue "Bad Back" and think of bad as in"Bad Hombre". I'm talking about a icepick in the lower spine sorta "bad". I got out of bed yesterday morning as I have for most of my life by using the (admittedly juvenile) method of raising both legs a couple feet as counterbalance and sitting straight up while spinning out of bed (I know not a pretty picture
). When I stood up I remember thinking, yep that didn't feel right. Well, after attending to morning duties I had to call Mrs. Mopar to assist in getting off the porcelain throne. Made it to the couch, laid down. After a hour on the heating pad, used a old set of crutches to slowly get back in bed. Stayed there ALL day on a heating pad. By dark the heat and 4 naproxen had worked a minor miracle. As long as I didn't move much.
This morning, things are about 50% better. Hoping for similar improvement tomorrow.
I had the big back surgery due to a ruptured disk back in '87. Since then pretty much zero issues as long as proper lifting techniques were observed. This recent bout was due I think to a number of normally insignificant events that all happened in a short span of time. Loaded a bunkbed in a box to the back of wife's tall flat bed truck. Ran chain saw for a bit, drove 800 miles round trip in wife's flat bed truck over Christmas to Tennessee son's house. Played with grandkids like I was 30 something. It all added up to being in bed with a ton of work I'd much rather be doing. I've learned, that crap don't fix itself.
So, anyone have any particularly effective home remedy type advice? I've preached the benefits of walking for years but unfortunately over the past two months I've fallen off that healthy band wagon so that's on top of the list asap.