An Old Crone

is what I have felt like these last few days. I went to bed the other night feeling perfectly fine and woke up the next morning unable to even stand up straight.

And it has only gotten worse.

Reed told me that he finds that if he gets up and moves around when his back is giving him grief that it helps stretch the muscles and get things back where they should be.

It just made my legs go totally numb.

I can’t pick Parker up. He’s been letting me know how much he doesn’t appreciate that. I can’t do anything around the house. Luckily my girls are incredible and have been taking care of things.

This just reaffirms my need to start taking better care of my health. And I plan on doing just that once I can resume a vertical position.

I’d really rather not have to make an appointment with the doctor. Having to crawl into his office could be a bit embarrassing.

Anybody have any tried and true helpful remedies for lower back pain. The kind that really, really hurts?

About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. I usually alternate heat and then cold… seems to help. And, when you’re feeling better, maybe you could try pilates. It’s a wonderful way to strengthen your core muscles (back, abs). I have a lot of back problems. At one time I was doing pilates several times a week and my back troubles were gone. I haven’t done it in a long time and magically… back pain has made a triumphant return! I hope you’re feeling better soon!!

  2. Oh, I feel your pain. Sciatica down the leg is the worse. I have been dealing with it too. My husband got me a private session with a Pilates instructor because his PT (he has a recent back injury) told him Pilates, as Melissa said, is great for the back.
    Unfortunately, what really helps–not lifting kids and resting–is sometimes hard for a mom to make happen. Feel better! You, Parker and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Tanya Harding says:

    I would call a PT in the phone book or someone that you know of and ask them to see you and if they’d call your physician for a prescription. A physical therapist is the one you need to see; a doctor will most likely just prescribe you medication and a PT can actually fix or diagnose and allow you to self-treat. If your legs go numb; it is not a really good sign, could be a nerve impingement; at least that is what I have learned from my husband who is a PT. Hope that helps. I pray for you all every day and will add your ailment to my prayers.

  4. Rebecca says:

    My husband was given a series of exercises by his docotr that he does faithfully every morning, and that helps keep the back troubles at bay. Good luck!

  5. I have no suggestions. My husband has been through 3 back surgeries with no success!

    I hope you feel better soon!


  6. I usually run to the chiropractor and then come home and sit in a hot bath. It’s usually a problem caused by lifting Izzy and my nerve gets pinched. It is so painful. Fortunately it hasn’t happened in a while. I’m sorry you are in pain!

  7. My PT SIL says Pilates solves 90% of back pain. To which I say, but Pilates hurts! But once you feel better, it might be worth picking up a video or two at the library.

    I’ve been there. Well, maybe not exactly there, since I can’t diagnose what you have, but I have been unable to get vertical. I bent down to pick up a toy in Sacrament Meeting, and oops! Couldn’t get back up. It made for an interesting Primary class later, let me tell you.

    If it’s a torn muscle – Ice. Ibuprofen. More Ice. Then a hot bath. Ice will help to heal the muscle, whereas heat helps to relax it. So keep up with the ice, even though it’s cold and it sucks.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  8. I was getting so worried about your family! I am glad to hear from you! But I am so sorry you are in so much pain. Back pain is one of the worse things. I have so many back problems from having so many kids, lol! I dont really know what to so as I just take Tylenol. I am thinking of going to a chyroprator though. I hope you feel much better soon!

    Love ya,

  9. I have terrible lower back pain so I know how you feel. I can’t even move in the morning when I wake because it is so stiff. I have that degenerative disc disease that sounds a whole lot worse than it is but still…..well, a pain in the back! I do stretching exercise while laying in bed so that it loosens my back up. The exercise the dr gave me… only takes about 2 minutes.

  10. Wet heat…my husband is a certain kind of back doctor and he insists that anytime you have an injury, dry heat will make it worse. If you can stand in a shower, great. If not, moisten a towel, microwave it for about 2 minutes, wrapt it in another towel and put it on the area that is hurting the most. Reheat as needed.

    I’m praying for you…

  11. ibuprofin, hot bath, and then gentle yoga to help relax the muscles. When you can, start pilates from a DVD and try to get just 10 minutes in and then work your way up ifyou have time. There are also yoga DVDs for morning and before bed that will help. Please take care of yourself. I know how hard that is to do. Much love and hugs and prayers.

  12. Chris says:

    Steroids- they work wonders. I really think you should crawl to urgi-care for an Rx. I’m nervous about your numb legs, though. Is that any better?


  13. We have had good results with chiropractors. My only caution with that is make sure they x ray first and also know the chiro and what methods he uses. They are not all alike! Some are WAY more gentle than others. I have been to one who caused me more pain than I was experiencing in the first place. I have arthritis in my lower back along with a bad hip so I can relate. It’s hard to do but us mommys really do need to take care of us once in a while. Hugs to you and Parky. We LOVED his Christmas picture. Michael just pulled it down off the wall to look at and kiss this morning. Feel better soon. Praying for ya.


  14. Tammy – we might be coming down soon, please email your contact info. xoxo

  15. I was checking in on Parker and read about your back pain. I’m a little biased, but I’d go seek out a good chiropractor. Heat is not a good thing for first time pain relief; it just brings more blood to the area and makes it worse. An ice pack is what I would do, like 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off or some such. I’m sorry about your pain! I know it feels more icky not to be able to pick up and hold your children.

    Keri (a chiropractor’s wife) :)

  16. Hugs and prayers…so sorry I have not been around to know you were dealing with this. Stretch, heat and cold, Ibuprofen. I find that the more I move the better my vertebrae issues(although it’s cervical) are. Motion is lotion as the saying goes.

    How are you now?

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