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Friday as I was toweling off after my morning shower, my back seized up. You know the feeling--everything's normal, then in a split second the back muscles spasm for no reason and cast you into excruciating pain. Luckily it was just one little spasm, and after stretching a bit I was able to get dressed and go to work. I took a few ibuprofen just to be on the safe side.

Friday evening John (keanubear) and Greg came over. We went to Tower Burger for dinner, then back to our place. John, who had had a busy week taking Orff classes (lots of folkdancing) and I went in the hot tub while Greg and Steve (rootbeer1) sat on the deck and chatted. Then we watched an episode of Secret Service (Gerry Anderson puppet-thriller about an Anglican priest/secret agent whose sidekick agent gets shrunk with a special ray and carried around in a briefcase) and I ♥ Huckabees. The back was a little better, but by the next morning was spasming a bit. Steve planned a trip to the beach, but I needed to stay home and protect my tender back muscles. Garry (sfgarry), Geoff (heypyro), and Jim (poohbearjim) came by for the beach run, and the four guys drove off, leaving me to take a Valium, lie on the deck with the sun warming my sore back, and get started on the new Harry Potter book (which, for its size, is an amazingly fast read. Steve says it's because it's not as dense--not so much character development or explanations, more action). I'm halfway through already.

This morning the back still hurts. I took a double dose of naproxen (Aleve) and just got out of a long soak in the hot tub. It's a little better, but if there isn't marked improvement tomorrow I'm off to the doctor. I've had back problems off and on all my life, even when I was a normal (150 lbs) weight in the early eighties. I had an MRI a year after we moved to SF, and a couple of discs show signs of arthritic degeneration. But this current pain feels like it's all muscular.

Maybe I should take up yoga.


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Aug. 7th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
The Secret Service theme kicks ass!
Aug. 7th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Doo-bee-doo-bee-doo-doo da wah doobie doobie doo!!
Aug. 7th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
I thought it went... Doo-bee-dooooo-bee-doo-doo da wah doo doooo doobie doobie doo!!

Aug. 7th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
I have the same back issues as you. It's hereditary, I think, cuz my dad manages to throw his back out every few years.

Have you tried a chiropractor? I also find a large dose of ibuprofin helps.

As does Vicodin. :)

I read fast, but yeah, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a fast read. I finished 3/4 of it in 4 hours.

OMG! Did you love the part where Hermione had to turn tricks in Diagon Alley to raise money to bail Hagrid out after he gets caught with a centaur?

Oh. I probably shouldn't give away spoilers like that.
Aug. 7th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
I tend to alternate ibuprofin and naproxin. If I see the doctor tomorrow, I'll make sure I get some Vicodin too. And maybe some more Valium.

I'm living in Valley of the Dolls.
Aug. 7th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Only if you're staggering around the house, sloshing the contents of your Cosmo out of the fine lead-glass martini crystal, dear.

Aug. 7th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
What Is On Your Head?

What the heck is that on your head. A Beanie baby?
Aug. 7th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: What Is On Your Head?
Yeah Jack, what the hell is that thing on your head?
Image hosted by Photobucket.com
Aug. 7th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: What Is On Your Head?
You got it---too bad I didn't actually buy the Eeyore ears....
Aug. 7th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: What Is On Your Head?

I just thought it was a stuffed Cthululu.

Aug. 7th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: What Is On Your Head?
Heehee---see bearbrat's comment.
Aug. 7th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
Jack - chiropractic helped me with your issue a couple years ago - had exactly the same thing. (Of course the fact that he does chiropratic for the Chargers and looks like he could play for them too helped. ;-))

Hope you're feeling better very soon.
Aug. 7th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks--I tried the chiropractor a few years ago---didn't do much for me. I think the heating pad he applied for 20 minutes before the treatment helped more than the maniputation. Maybe I should try a different chiropractor. A few people have told me acupuncture works pretty good, too. I might give that a try if I get up the nerve.
Aug. 7th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the back problems. Hope you're feeling better soon!
Aug. 7th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
I hope your back starts feeling better right away!

Friday was really great, I so needed that.
Aug. 8th, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
I tend to get cramps in the back of my neck; I find that 8mg. of codeine and two shots of Jack Daniel's does wonders.
Aug. 8th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
Muscle spasms
I don't know if this is the same thing you get, but ... maybe two or three times a year, without warning, I'll get a muscle spasm in my back. It can take place anywhere between my shoulders and my lower back, and WHERE it takes place will have a lot to do with how debilitating it can be. It happens usually in the morning, and I'll feel a TWINGE, and it will set off a very slow-moving WAVE of pain that will spread slowly outward over the next few days before fading away. If it's in the upper back it can be heartbreakingly painful, I won't be able to even turn my head without agony.

BUT. Then I discovered the miracle of ibuprofen. And NOW, if one of those twinges occurs, the very first thing I do is take 600-800 milligrams of ibuprofen and lie down, completely immobile, on the bed or the recliner. And usually within two hours the whole thing will be aborted, and whatever residual pain will be far, FAR easy to deal with.

Just a suggestion.
Aug. 8th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
Hello Jack. Actually, it is Gregg here. Jim and I were just reading his live journal thingie. Not that I know about these things but having had LOTS of recent experience as well as old I suggest ICE instead of heat. If the injury is muscular as you think, heat will only inflame where ice will reduce the swelling. And Advil and such works to help reduce the swelling also. It has something or other in it.

I'd recommend my chiropractor but she is moving to San Diego mid-September (I've been her patient for fourteen years) and the guy taking over her practice is four-foot-nothing and has to climb on top of me to get any action. I mean, well, you know what I mean.
Aug. 8th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you’re un-well. Feel better soon! I really wanted to visit the beach on Saturday, but I was still recovering from post-Dore-borne cold virus, so I stayed at home all day.
Aug. 14th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Thanks--much better now. Hopefullywhen the weather gets more reliable we'll do another beach run.
Aug. 11th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
hey and howdy, did I almost run you down at Dore? If so please know I wasn't being rude, rather my luvva was a bit annoyed with me and was running back to the car.

shame as it would have been nice to meet you and yours.

hope your back feels better soon
Aug. 14th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, Connor... I know how it is. Hpefully we'll see you again soon--coming to Hairrison?
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
I really wish I was but
maybe next year.
I hope for next year
I'll make it next year?!... lol

be well
Aug. 11th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
Your Back
Hi Jack,

I am visiting Andrea and her crew and she showed me your website...very impressive. I hope your back is feeling better. tcioppa@westelcom.com (Terri) Andrea says "Hey" and she is going to learn how to surf the internet soon!
Aug. 14th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
Re: Your Back
Terri! Wow, what a huge surprise! Welcome to my journal--I dont post as much as Steve (rootbeer1), because I don't want to be redundant.

The back is much better, though still a little sore. But I plan to be at square dance class this Tuesday.

Say hi to Andrea for me. We'll have to give her lessons on how to us t eh web. Maybe get her a Mac!

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