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cowboywannabe
05-23-2011, 13:07
been out for three days now.....on vicodin, soma, and ibuprofin.

been out three days now, pain not as bad, feels like something just has to "pop" in place.....but no dice so far. might have to go back to be out of work longer....

this crap sux! once i get back together again, im doing the stretching excercizes, and seeing a chirprator asap.

thank the big cop in the sky it wasnt a disk or something that would end my career.

Hack
05-23-2011, 13:16
I have had people at work wear those pain relief gizmos, (electronic pain relief). My warden has sciatica.

Reyn
05-23-2011, 13:25
I've had piriformis from lifting weights for years and not stretching. It can be aggravated from sitting too long.

Once i started searching and learning stretching movements for glutes, hams,and hip flexors it made a world of difference.

PinkoCommie
05-23-2011, 13:50
Laugh all you want, but yoga is awesome for this kind of stuff. Call it girly all you want, but if you find a good instructor you will soon find it kicks your ass, and makes you feel much better.

Oh, and get better!

cowboywannabe
05-23-2011, 13:53
doc said its from where the sacrium joins meet the pelvis.....and thats right where the hell it hurts.....damn gun belt loaded with crap, sitting for hours in that crown vic, manditory wearing of shoes/boots that look good but arent as functional....plus im 43, been in a few wrecks, lift weights but dont stretch out like i should.....

doc said i probably need a new matress, the one i have is about 10 years old and worn out, not from sex unfortunately....LOL.

im tellin ya, once that "pop" happens and i get back vertical, im stretching everyday and twice when i feel the hint of tightness.

collim1
05-23-2011, 15:49
I have had problems lately as well.

My only remedy is a twice a day routine of push ups, crunches, leg lifts, and stretches.

Miss a workout and the next day my back is done.

I hope it heals up quick cowboy. Mine must not have been that bad, I only took Aleve for the pain.

Sharkey
05-23-2011, 18:10
Must be going around. Just got back from Pain Mgmnt Dr. Went to PCP 3 months ago who sent me to him. I have a bulging disc according to MRI.
Shot in the L4 region didn't do anything.

PT has helped a lot. Of course prior to this, I was doing pilates and core strengthening for the same problem. Mine ain't too bad. 1 alleve every couple days. I have muscle relaxers and tramodol for pain if needed.

Sitting is a pain sometimes :supergrin: Do those stretches!

goosie119
05-23-2011, 20:32
I've been fighting it every now and then as well. My biggest issue is tight hamstrings. Going to the chiro will help, but I suggest going for a deep tissue massage to get the piriformis muscles to relax. The last time I had it I took muscle relaxors and went to the chiro but nothing helped. The massage hurt like hell and I was bruised and sore for a week, but it worked. Besides stretching the hamstrings and glutes, get a foam roller and roll around on it every day. Mine was acting up this am and after 10 mins on there I was as good as new. Another thing to look at is duty suspenders. I started wearing Orcas a couple months ago and it seems to help. Good luck!

blueiron
05-23-2011, 20:50
Anyone tried gravity inversion? I did it a few times and it helped my back.

Vigilant
05-23-2011, 20:59
I've had a couple other little things I had to deal with, but I found chiropractors to be a waste of time. I suggest you ask around, and find a really GOOD physical therapist, and try that route along with stretching when you reach that point.

Gotta love sick leave, eh? This is part of why I hoard all the sick leave I can hang on to.

txleapd
05-23-2011, 21:06
Laugh all you want, but yoga is awesome for this kind of stuff. Call it girly all you want, but if you find a good instructor you will soon find it kicks your ass, and makes you feel much better.

Oh, and get better!

Anyone who laughs at yoga, has never done yoga. It will kick your butt, and is great for your well being...

cowboywannabe
05-23-2011, 21:35
im looking into buying an inversion table when my Aflac check comes in....

DaBigBR
05-24-2011, 00:30
Don't discount having a good bed. I was reading another gun forum a while back where somebody was looking for opinions. Somebody pointed out that you spend 25%-30% of your life on the damn thing, so you should spend accordingly. Really makes you think...we'll buy overpriced vehicles to drive a few minutes or an hour a day, and even more overpriced vehicles to drive a few minute sor an hour a week (or even a month), but a lot of folks couldn't fathom spending a thousand dollars, let alone two or three, on a bed they'll spend several hours in every night (or day).

cowboywannabe
05-24-2011, 00:33
inverter table is $200 compared to a new matress @ $500.00.

m2hmghb
05-24-2011, 00:44
Hope you get better soon Cowboy! The electro gizmo someone talked about is called a TENS unit, they're supposed to work pretty good. If you have a decent prescription plan you might want to think of them. I'm on vicodin every day for pain and soma as needed for muscles, my stomach can't handle ibuprofen right now. Heal up fast.

cowboywannabe
05-24-2011, 01:30
im starting to get the little "pops" in my sacrum, pelvic, lumbar area....muscles are loosening up i guess with all the dope and heating pad usage.....feeling better but far from running around good.

i think my posture, duty belt, sitting in the cruiser, getting out by swiveling my legs fast...et cetera is what did it....and me not stretching out on the floor every day.

i think the inverter table for the spine decompression and stretches should fix me up....

Chowser
05-24-2011, 03:04
Been dealing with sciatica for two years now. Herniated two discs when some lady ran into my car. Seeing a chiro will help. Lately it has gotten worse and I had to remove my holster because it kept pushing against my side and causing the sciatica. I had to get a regular holster and it seems to help a bit. I had to remove my taclight. I ended up buying a new bed (well wife did bcos ours was at least six years old) and it is firmer. I am going to start yoga since everyone keeps recommending it. At least the hot tub will finally be installed soon. I find that a 30 min. soak everyday helps. I got tired of going to the rec center and sitting with strangers :)

Vigilant
05-24-2011, 05:22
I know for a fact that over time, bad habits concerning how one gets in and out of a vehicle can really add up, as well as how low said vehicle sits to the ground. As in, perhaps, Charger vs. P71 vs. Tahoe.... it seems as though the higher the vehicle sits from the ground, up to a point, the easier it is on the back and joints over time.

Also, a good physical therapist will have an advanced TENS unit, and will know how to use it for the best results.

RMolina628
05-24-2011, 07:19
Anyone tried gravity inversion? I did it a few times and it helped my back.

I have, and it worked well for me.

DonGlock26
05-24-2011, 07:38
been out for three days now.....on vicodin, soma, and ibuprofin.

been out three days now, pain not as bad, feels like something just has to "pop" in place.....but no dice so far. might have to go back to be out of work longer....

this crap sux! once i get back together again, im doing the stretching excercizes, and seeing a chirprator asap.

thank the big cop in the sky it wasnt a disk or something that would end my career.

When your back calms down, I strongly recommend that you see a Physical therapist. The stretches and exercises will help a great deal. You have to keep your core STRONG (especially the lower back muscles)! I also recommend getting any equipment away from the back of your gun-belt. Cuff straps work great to limit the pressure on the back over a handcuff case. Some guys use a back cushion, but our crown vics have good support.


Good luck,

Don




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Ajon412
05-24-2011, 08:42
Anyone tried gravity inversion? I did it a few times and it helped my back.

I have a Roman Chair and love it. When I feel that "twinge" in my lower back, Chiro visits and the chair usually keep the back in line.....pardon the pun....:rofl:

OldCurlyWolf
05-24-2011, 11:20
been out for three days now.....on vicodin, soma, and ibuprofin.

been out three days now, pain not as bad, feels like something just has to "pop" in place.....but no dice so far. might have to go back to be out of work longer....

this crap sux! once i get back together again, im doing the stretching excercizes, and seeing a chirprator asap.

thank the big cop in the sky it wasnt a disk or something that would end my career.

Hurts like the Devil is in there trying to tear something out, doesn't it.?:faint:

cowboywannabe
05-24-2011, 20:14
got an inversion table today......on the way over, upside down, relief.....about 5 minutes of that and i figure id rotate back upright, and kafrackin blamo!!!!pain was bad! took a bit to get used to the thing....its like traction with gravity and ive got to go slowly.

collim1
05-24-2011, 20:43
im starting to get the little "pops" in my sacrum, pelvic, lumbar area....muscles are loosening up i guess with all the dope and heating pad usage.....feeling better but far from running around good.

i think my posture, duty belt, sitting in the cruiser, getting out by swiveling my legs fast...et cetera is what did it....and me not stretching out on the floor every day.

i think the inverter table for the spine decompression and stretches should fix me up....

my father-in-law has a inverter table at home. i use it, it does feel good and gives a great stretch.

cowboywannabe
05-24-2011, 21:46
im starting to think Bengay, kitchen floor, hot showers, and heating pads are what is the only real "medicine".

EOD3
05-25-2011, 01:07
Guys, I don't want to be the "old codger" that has to tell everyone about all my medical problems, surgeries, and stories I can only remember half of but...

My back problems started very much like the ones you describe. Today, I have degenerative Disk Disease which is a fancy name for bulged disks which allow the vertebra to restrict the sciatic nerves (both sides) which causes incredible pain beginning roughly at the hip and running down the buttocks and the outside of the leg. Mine has progressed to the point of "bone on bone" contact (part of the disk is totally gone) at the L-?/L-? junction. I have been in a "pain management" program for going on 5 years now. Time release Morphine 150mg per day plus 60mg of Oxycodone for the "rough spots". The only salvation is to PREVENT the problem in the first place.

Get ALL the crap out of your back pockets, anything that makes you sit crooked will cost you in the end (no pun intended). Start dating a physical therapist. Do the exercises the orthopedics doctor recommends, not just for the first few weeks or until it gets to be a PITA, every day. The job requires carrying a boat-load of crap every day and there's not much that can be done about it. However, when you have to lift a ton of bricks or some SOS, let your partner help. I guarantee your back will give out before you run out of upper-body strength.

Just my opinion... :workout:

cowboywannabe
05-29-2011, 15:51
im just now getting the popping and cracking of the vertibrae being re-aligned.....went to chiropractor out of pocket, my city ins. doesnt cover this.

walked out of office like a new man, drove home, got out of the truck and all the pain came back.

time, bengay, hard floor, pain meds, muscle relaxers, and anti inflamitories....

once i get standing straight again im really going to pay attention to my back.

happyguy
05-29-2011, 16:50
im just now getting the popping and cracking of the vertibrae being re-aligned.....went to chiropractor out of pocket, my city ins. doesnt cover this.

walked out of office like a new man, drove home, got out of the truck and all the pain came back.

time, bengay, hard floor, pain meds, muscle relaxers, and anti inflamitories....

once i get standing straight again im really going to pay attention to my back.

I was carried out of my house on a stretcher the last time my back went out. They gave me morphine at the ER and it was completely ineffective on the pain.

Chiropractic is good for keeping things moving but doesn't do much to correct the underlying problem.

My back and sciatica problems were the result of poor posture, muscle weakness in my lower back, and tight hamstrings/glutes from years of running and improper stretching.

I went to many therapists and doctors but they were only a little help. In the end I had to find out what I needed to do by trial and error. I could give you the program that fixed my problem but it is probably individual to me.

Good luck and hang in there. I swear I know just what you are going through and it sucks big time.

Regards,
Happyguy :)

cowboywannabe
05-29-2011, 17:09
I was carried out of my house on a stretcher the last time my back went out. They gave me morphine at the ER and it was completely ineffective on the pain.

Chiropractic is good for keeping things moving but doesn't do much to correct the underlying problem.

My back and sciatica problems were the result of poor posture, muscle weakness in my lower back, and tight hamstrings/glutes from years of running and improper stretching.
I went to many therapists and doctors but they were only a little help. In the end I had to find out what I needed to do by trial and error. I could give you the program that fixed my problem but it is probably individual to me.

Good luck and hang in there. I swear I know just what you are going through and it sucks big time.

Regards,
Happyguy :)

this is my problem to a T. of course the posture is a result of cruiser/gunbelt usage.....but im going to do more to stretch out during shift.

collim1
05-29-2011, 21:07
This week took a real toll on my back and hips.

For the first time ever I am considering changing a few things on my duty belt. I have a dull pain in my lower back, with shooting pains in my gun side hip and down the opposite leg.

I went to the in-laws and used his inversion table and that helped.

I am only 28, I never thought I would hurt like this at my age because of this job.

enhanced250
05-31-2011, 16:46
Find yourself a good Chiropractor that does some spinal stabilizing exercises. They will most likely give you some stretches and at home exercises to strengthen. The SI joints and the surrounding structures such as the lumbar and gluteal musculature. Shoot me a pm if you have any questions.

Goldendog Redux
05-31-2011, 17:12
im starting to think Bengay, kitchen floor, hot showers, and heating pads are what is the only real "medicine".

In most cases preventive maintenance is the best "medicine" A strong core and flexibility is the way to go. That takes work.

MF

NMPOPS
06-01-2011, 01:14
What helped me the most was I stpped carrying my wallet or anything else in my back pocket. Sitting on that crap can really mess you up.

PsychoDad
06-01-2011, 04:19
http://www.mobilitywod.com/

BULLRUNN
06-02-2011, 04:14
Drink more Beer. Get out of car and walk every hour. Get some custom insoles made. Lighten up the Duty belt then Drink more Beer.

EOD3
06-02-2011, 22:44
Drink more Beer. Get out of car and walk every hour. Get some custom insoles made. Lighten up the Duty belt then Drink more Beer.

The beer before and after makes me think you may be confusing LEO and EOD. EOD = Every One Drinks, Even On Duty, Every Other Day, or the latest one: Every One's Dead. :drink::beer::drunk:

Skunk Pilot
06-12-2011, 01:12
If it gets really bad, I'd recommend Botox for the pain.

Look up the side effects first though. I've been getting it in my neck, shoulders and back for years.

Kadetklapp
06-15-2011, 07:32
Sunday afternoon I lifted something in my basement I had no business lifting. I ended up tearing a muscle in my middle upper back. Sounded like a rifle shot and the next thing I knew I was on my knees. I came back to work today to try a half day, but without my dope, I'm miserable. Doc has me on vicodin, a muscle relaxer, and an anti-inflamatory. Misery....

smokeross
06-15-2011, 08:36
Anyone tried gravity inversion? I did it a few times and it helped my back.

Got an inversion table. It works!!! I also stretch. I have armrests in the drivers seat of my KW, and I often use them to prop myself up and get weight off my back. In my loader I have to shove my ass as far back into the seat as I can. Otherwise, I'm done.

smokeross
06-15-2011, 08:46
What helped me the most was I stpped carrying my wallet or anything else in my back pocket. Sitting on that crap can really mess you up.

Yes. That too. My wallet was way too thick with money, so to compensate I wear a High Standard 2 shot derringer in a wallet holster on the other side. Has the hole for my trigger finger. BTW I have discovered the best way to shoot one of those is with the middle finger on the trigger and the index pointed right at your 'target'. (You know, the guy who asked for your wallet)

Actually, lose the wallet and get a man purse. What with all the things we have to pack these days. Cell phone, wallet, car keys, check book, shopping list, Glock, extra mags, knife, comb, rubbers,..... wait a minute, that's my BOB.

EOD3
06-16-2011, 02:24
Shoot with your middle finger? Carry a "man purse"? Just what part of Alaska are you from? :rofl:

cowboywannabe
06-16-2011, 04:44
Shoot with your middle finger? Carry a "man purse"? Just what part of Alaska are you from? :rofl:

:rofl::rofl::rofl::aodnsb:

smokeross
06-16-2011, 09:04
:laughabove:It's not a purse. it's my BOB.

fx77
06-16-2011, 11:01
I had it really bad
I had surgery
Now it is gone :)

Kadetklapp
06-16-2011, 12:59
Here in an hour I get to go do EVOC. I'm wondering how horrid that is going to be since we get our ding-ding slapped for using mirrors when backing up...