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work accident

Post by Pantheon » Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:14 am

Im a welder and make heavy farm gates from 2ft to 18ft long, whilst working on my own making 15ft gates, its normally a job for 3 men (2 welders and a jigger) i was bent over welding a part of a gate, went to stand straight when it felt as if i had been hit with a plank of wood across the whole part of my lower back. I was bent at a rightangle and could not move, the pain was so great i thought i would pass out. Someone saw i was in pain so got my boss to have a look, he got the ambulance, it took them an hour to get me onto the trolley. After a very bumpy and not to mention very painful trip to hospital, i was given a painkilling injection in the top of leg. Had an x ray taken it showed that i had torn the whole of the back muscle from one hip to the other. Spent 3 months off work (2003), i am still having backpain on either side of the spine sometimes its very bad as in i cant walk, but id say 3 out of 7 days its not too bad.

The company is to blame as i was not given ANY health and safety training at all, plus i was carrying these gates on my own which a 15ft would weigh about 60-80 kgs which is way too heavy for one person. Im 3/4 through a claim so all being well i hope ill be getting a nice lump sum.

If anyone has had similar problems with their back please get in touch.

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Post by Bill » Thu Aug 04, 2005 1:56 pm

Hi Pantheon,

Welcome to the group. Can't say I've ever had anything as severe as your injury. Sounds like more than just a minor back injury from your description. Hope you get to feeling better.


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Post by Bill » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:00 am

Hi again Pantheon,

Got to thinking about your post and my lame reply wishing I could give you some better advice... when I realized that I'd bought into the "severe injury" mindset for a moment there and that's what messed me up.

I was thinking 'Boy, this guy really injured himself' even though in the back of my mind I should have realized that what you were describing was the classic back injury every one of us in this group has experienced at one time or another. Lifting something (or even just standing up) from a bent over position and 'pow' you tear a muscle or ligament in your back.

Yes, it hurts a lot. We all know, because we've all felt it. And I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that ever since you've been following everybody's advice "to just take it easy." Which is exactly the wrong thing to do. That's probably why you're still having problems two years after the original injury.

You're probably not going to like what I'm about to say, even though it should be the best news you've heard in a long time, but here goes.

This "terrible injury" that you've allowed yourself to buy into is really nothing more than a minor sprain. I know that's hard to accept, but it's true. I think you're doing what a lot of us did in the beginning; equating severe pain with severe injury. They're not the same thing.

Yes, back injuries really really hurt... but they are really really minor injuries. No more serious than a sprained ankle. The problems arise when people panic and start dragging out all the old wive's tales about bad backs and they start doing all the wrong things.

I can almost hear you protesting... but keep in mind that I had a bad back for over 10 years before I found this website and Dean's book and so I've been down that road. I've known the pain and I've made the mistakes.

Also, keep in mind and take comfort in the fact (because that's what I'm trying to give you) that you weren't hit by a car... You didn't fall off the roof... All you did was straighten up. How could you possibly have done any real damage to yourself? That's right. You couldn't. A minor tear... that's all. With proper care it should have completely healed in 7 to 8 weeks. If you're still dealing with it two years later, that's a pretty good sign you're doing something wrong.

Read Dean's book, Rebuild Your Back and you'll see what I'm talking about. It will tell you everything you need to know to get your life back.

Just trying to help,

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PAIN!!!... a new meaning

Post by Pantheon » Sun Aug 07, 2005 1:45 am

Ive been diagnosed with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) a chronic disorder which was triggered by my injury, its only a mild form so far but been told it can and probably will spread. As you can guess my life has been turned upside down... i will have to stop work as im doing the same work as when i had my injury, but not on my own. So now ill be registered disabled and spend most of my life in pain.

So your idea of 'just a sprain' was wrong....


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Post by Paul » Sun Aug 07, 2005 2:31 pm

Hi Pantheon,

I'm curious as to why you posted to this group? And why you expected accurate help when you left out crucial information about your condition?

In Bill's defense, it only took me 5 minutes to find a quote about RSD that backs up exactly what he said (and I wasn't even trying, I was looking for info on RSD because I've never heard of it before):

"FACT — Minor injuries, such as a sprain or a fall are frequent causes of RSD/CRPS. RSD/CRPS can start immediately after the injury or later. One characteristic of RSD/CRPS is that the pain is more severe than expected for the type of injury that occurred. In 10 to 26% of cases no precipitating factor can be found."

Your original injury, as you described it, sounds like just a sprain.

It's obvious you have decided not to rebuild your back, so there is really nothing anyone here can do for you. This is a group for people who are interested in rebuilding. (Read the rules for posting.)

This is not a sympathy group.

Don't mean to sound cold or unsympathetic, but this is not an RSD/CRPS support group. If you're looking for non-rebuilders, you would have better luck on one of the RSD groups.

Just wondering why you're here?

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Get a Grip my Friend

Post by PeteD » Wed Aug 17, 2005 12:32 pm

Hello there

I think you should work through Deans Text...what you got to loose!!!

Modern medicine is always coming up with new terminology for stuff!!!
I have just spent best part of a year in pain with my back from neck thoracic to lower all to variying degrees

All because last year my thoracic back hurt and i had it MRI'd and it found to minimal bulges. I paniced and stopped doing everything and now everything has weakeened and i have other problems.

I aslways say give something a name and it gains a life of its own!!!

For example MRI's are starting to cause more scares than they do good
Abnormalities are normal!!!!

Dean's approach is correct view the back as awhole rather thandescrete parts that cannot be fixed!!!

I tell you what if you fix your back ill fix mine yours with minor RSD and mine with minor BULGES!!!!

Im not poking fun at you just trying to help you out!!!

Afterall trying is all we got and if im honnest i think it will work!!!

Please take care and dont loose hope!

All the very best PeteD
Just as i relied on my back to back me up it wouldnt giveme the suport!

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