Sunday, April 28, 2013
Oh my aching back!
I somehow hurt my back-I was fine Thursday morning but about 30-45 minutes later, in enough pain to require taking Advil. Once at work, worse, so I took a second Advil-then I was fine. Scenario repeated itself both Friday as well as Sat-with me actually taking additional Advil later in the afternoon. I'm self diagnosing this as muscle spasms. Not fun, quite painful and I have a high pain tolerance. No sense at this point, to see a MD, I'm waiting to see how I fare Monday, and if needed, I plan on going to the walk in clinic affiliated with the hospital as they just opened a new branch clinic in the town where I work. Although, I do wonder what they will recommend that I do differently.
Meanwhile, I sit with a pillow at the small of my back, in a sturdy, tall backed, oak chair. I'm not one to have ever suffered back problems, and I don't recall doing anything differently on Wed, to effect me Thurs.
UPDATE: with 2 Advil on board, and a pillow from home, I went to work, sitting in a tall backed, supportive chair. Very uncomfortable, pain wise, and I do have a high pain tolerance. I tried phoning our back MD-he as well as his partner are booked until May 17th-no go. They did refer me to the back doc in the same practice as my hand orthopedist. Fine. I have an appointment on Wed afternoon-earliest and only one available this week! Meanwhile, I couldn't take it any longer, so I phoned the new walk in, urgent care satelite clinic/office affiliated with the hospital south of here. It happens to be in the town I work in. I phoned, made an appointment, saw the MD before heading home. Yep-muscle spasms. Instead of Advil, I have a narcotic RX, a muscle relaxer and an anti inflamatory. All shouldn't be taken when driving. Sigh. He also recommended and I bought, a heating pad on the way to the pharmacy, at Walmart (cheapest source), finally stopping at the home town pharmacy.
MD visit: $25
WM heating pad: $19.02
Could have been much worse. BTW-really liked the urgent care place. Will definately return again if ever needed, AND they have weekend hours! Pretty convenient!