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Owie! Pulled Back Muscle 
8th-Mar-2011 03:50 am [back pain]
Hi all. Somehow I managed to pull a muscle in my back while taking a nap yesterday afternoon. It’s just below and to the left of my right shoulder blade, and oh. My. God. It hurts so bad! It’s gotten progressively worse over the past twelve hours. I can’t breathe properly, I want to cry but I can’t because that makes it worse. I’ve taken Tylenol, had my husband massage the area, and taken Benadryll to see if I could just sleep it off. Nothing’s worked. I’m sitting here now with a damp washcloth that I nuked to get it really hot pressed to my back in lieu of a heating pad, since we don’t have one. Is there anything else I can do that’s pregnancy safe? This hurts so bad, and I’m totally non-functional because of it. Please help!

8th-Mar-2011 09:53 am (UTC)
I'd be off to the chiro or physio asap...
8th-Mar-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
There's a good chance it's actually your neck and the trapizius muscle that's in spasm. You'll need to go to an orthopedist so that he/she can determine where the spasm is, and they will then prescribe physical therapy so a therapist can work out the spasm. A lot of the time, this kind of thing is caused by sleeping on your side. You might want to ask your doc for a neck brace to sleep in that will keep your neck in a proper position while you're asleep (I wear one every night), and be sure to ask your therapist to show you how to stretch your trap muscle yourself so that when you feel a spasm coming on, you can try to cut it off at the pass.

I have a wrecked shoulder and have for quite some time, so I know exactly the type of pain you're in. Heat is good; also, trying sitting in bed with a small pillow or towel rolled into the back of your neck to keep everything in alignment. The best position to sleep in until it works itself out is usually on your back with a pillow rolled to support the back of your neck; if you're not comfortable like that, try sleeping on the opposite side of the spasm, but be sure to roll your pillow or a towel into the crook of your neck so that you don't wind up with the same thing on both sides.

Good luck and feel better! :)
8th-Mar-2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
this is a long shot but instead of a heated towel if you put some rice in a sock and microwave that it holds heat for longer. The smell isn't the best but at least you won't have to keep getting up to renuke the towel. That is what my doc recommended for my sciatic pain before trying chiropractic or massage.
8th-Mar-2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
I would try ice instead, or alternating ice and heat.
8th-Mar-2011 02:48 pm (UTC) - the pharmaceutical route
Ugh, I feel your pain. I threw my lower back out badly a couple of weeks ago (around week 20-21) and was having trouble doing, well, anything. The nurse-midwife on call said I could take ibuprofen safely during weeks 20-28 and use my judgment about taking a muscle relaxant. Flexeril is category B. I happened to have some Robaxin on hand; it's category C, but I didn't need to go out and buy it and I know it works for me without knocking me out like Flexeril does. I ended up taking ibuprofen and Robaxin twice over 36 hours, used a microwavable heating pad on the epicenter of the spasm, and got a massage, and a couple of days later I was mostly back to normal.

Good luck!
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