I know, everyone hates people who complain about back pain .. something that is not visible to the outside, often used as a fake excuse, etc., etc., but heck on a stick, when it happens to you, it just plain hurts. And it's a weird, electric shock kind of hurt, reminiscent of the way it felt when I got an epidural, only it hurts. Pain shooting down the legs hurts. And <hanging my head in shame> I have had several involuntary "F" words come out of my mouth, more so than usual, ha ha.
How did it happen? Was I in a spectacular car crash? Lifting a 100 lb. bag of fertilizer? Falling down a huge flight of steps? No, nothing that exciting. I was getting ready to get in the shower the other morning, and I lifted my shirt off over my head and ... *boing!* out went my back. At first it's a sensation of "Oh sh*t that didn't feel good. Doesn't hurt too bad, but wait for it ... wait for it ... NOW it hurts a LOT!" That'll teach me to take my shirt off before I get in the shower! Ha!
I always bend at the knees when picking up heavy objects. Always try and do the right thing. Bottom line is, though, according to my new chiropractor, I have a compressed disk ... L-something or other ... and I have a date to see him every day until the pain subsides. This is day 3 and I still feel a lot of pain, even though he has folded me up like a rag doll, rolled me over until I heard a big crrr---ack and mashed on some pressure points in my skull. I guess I still feel a little skepticism about the whole chiropractor thing, almost like they're witch doctors or something, but about a year ago I had some really bad neck pain which a (different) chiro. took care of quite well. So I'm hopeful that this will help. I did go to my regular doc. for a completely different issue (high cholesterol ... guess I need to cut back on those Big Macs eh?) and I mentioned the pain thing. She gave me some honking big ibuprofen tabs., and told me to call in a week if I wasn't better and we might look into some prednisone. Or an MRI. Whatever.