Life at the end of the road

September 16, 2012

Flat on my back, again :-(

Filed under: Croft house for sale, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:04 pm

I thought it was fixed, a pain free month and three weeks off the Tramadol had lulled me into a false sense of security, I even had visions of me doing some ‘dry stone walling’, but that all went severely pear shaped yesterday Sad smile The acute pain in my right buttock that shoots down my leg came back last Sunday as I got out of the Land Rover, but I put it down to a glitch, reluctantly took a couple of Tramadol and was fine for the next few days. I was even fine driving to Glasgow and back, in fact I was just fine until yesterday afternoon when I was pottering about with the old Thompson Glenelg, not actually doing anything physical but just tinkering about with the wiring. The constant bending, rising and twisting as I wired up the caravan seemed to go for the back ‘big style’ and four Tramadol later I was still in agony.

This morning it became quickly apparent that I’d not be doing very much, after feeding the pigs and clearing my tools away from yesterday I was once more flat on my back staring at the kitchen ceiling Sad smile Ten minutes later I felt OK, but as soon as I started to move about it returned so I spent pretty much the whole of a mainly beautiful day inside, either admiring my roof beams or watching YouTube videos about sciatica relief Sad smile






Here’s a couple of ceps that I found yesterday



This is from my brief encounter with the outside world at 7:00pm when I went to feed the pigs and check the hydro turbine at the Schoolhouse.



Here’s a perfect little amanita muscara  or fly agaric if you prefer, amongst the heather of the Torran path.



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Slightly past their best but a real surprise, two chanterelles in our garden Smile



How I can be tired after spending most of the day in the house doing nothing is beyond me, but I am, so here’s the weather, I’m off to bed Sad smile

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  1. oh dear, so sorry about the stupid back. You have probably had all sorts of suggestions, but have you ever heard of Bowen therapy> I spent a week once in bed after bending down to put on my trousers, before that the same had happened as badly once before. In between lots of discomfort over the years. Since being treated by a Bowen therapist in Comrie, I have had several years of the good life with a couple of twinges which just reminded me not to be too cocky. I know it would be impractical unless there is someone nearer (and it costs money) but thought I’d tell you in case it could help and was feasible. You could look it up anyway. Maybe your back doesn’t want to go to South Shields!

    Comment by may cruickshank — September 16, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  2. exactly what I was thinking, May … Paul, are you sure you’re not just building up your alibi as to why you’re too ill to travel sowf

    Comment by cazinatutu — September 16, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

  3. First Molly is injured, now you. And when she got hurt you drove straight away to the vet on Skye…Now where on Skye did YOU go for treatment last time?

    Comment by drgeo — September 16, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  4. Time to go back to Skye Paul, it worked last time and will work again!
    Should have warned you about the getting up and down working on the van, did me in too, secret was to stay on my knees and do everything that I could reach from that level, pretty much most of the wiring. Hardest part was finding an excuse to get up again for fear of the pain that would follow. My back as you know is like the rest of me, knackered big style due to several things I did in my youth and being born with a triple curvature, probably not helped by the M/C accident at 60mph skidding on diesel and landing in a brick wall. Still we soldier on and DO AS THE DOC tells me! (well within reason lol)

    Hope it feels better again soon. Don’t know if I mentioned it last time but Deep Heat by Aloe Vera is great for me when I am getting too sore, slap it on, or get wifey too, its easier, and then lay back and let it seep in.

    On the other hand we all believe you its not the start of the rouse to stay home and not head down to the wicked south with all its temptations!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — September 16, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  5. I too have sciatica and use a Sports injury Masseure to get it fixed. He gets me on the floor with the bad side up and drives his elbow into a specific spot on my bum. You can hear the twang as the nerve is released and all is well then for several months. BTW, it willl make you scream!!

    Comment by — September 17, 2012 @ 12:20 am

  6. Paul,

    Like many folk I had issues with my back & whilst I appreciate what works for one may not work for another I was going to the Osteopath spending £35 for 30 mins and not really getting any long term benefit, just a lighter wallet.

    I then found a good physio who identified my problem as related to the Pririformis muscle/sciatic nerve ( Guess you have read about the routing of the nerve through the muscle ete etc). Well from what you have posted I had the same as you but on the left buttock.

    My physio said it like this: Take the meds, (Cocodamol & Ibubrofen) thereby reducing the pain stoping the muscles going into spasm. Then undertake the following stretches every hour you are awake & up:

    The above stretch carried out on your back as in the picture :
    (Girl with blue tracksuit trousers). Hold it for t30 seconds, breath in & out and do it for another 30 seconds before swapping legs.

    Then there was the hamstring stretch with a towel or similar:
    Again 30 seconds before breathing in and out moving you leg closer towards your head, thereby increasing the stretch and doing another 30 seconds on the same leg before repeating with the other leg.

    Then there is the mackenzie stretch :

    I must admit I felt extremely low with all the carp going on with the back but I followed her to the letter and it worked for me. I had the same type of well meaning people giving me advice some of which was carp. Osteos were quite willing to keep taking the money but I just wanted to get myself better away from potions & pills. As I say it worked for me and I appreciate we are all different.
    I noticed an improvement within a week, that said even now some two months down the line I undertake those stretches at least three times a day otherwise you feel the tell tale signs of the ache returning and you need to nip it in the bud before is escalates.

    I hope it is of some use.

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — September 17, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    • Cheers for that Micheal, that was one that I missed and is very helpful at the moment.Trouble is once I’m able I’ll not actually be sitting down very often to do it. The Mackenzie stretch seems good but it’s a bit of an effort just now.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 18, 2012 @ 9:18 am

      • Paul,

        You are right you need to be very disciplined with yourself. It is so easy as you improve to stop doing the stretches and then it comes back and bites you on the bum. Hope all goes well, the most important part for me was the initial taking the meds to allow you to start the stretching. Then wean yourself off the meds once the stretches start doing their job. I have realised that I will probably need to do these stretches for many months to come. So be it if it stops me having the issues that they prevent.

        All the best.

        Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — September 18, 2012 @ 11:53 am

  7. did you watch Countryfile last night Paul? … there was an item about sheep in Switzerland, it starts at 34.15 on the video at … but what caught my eye was the stonework at 44.11, thought you might appreciate it

    Comment by cazinatutu — September 17, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    • Did I watch Countryfile 🙂 what do you think Caz 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 18, 2012 @ 9:14 am

      • of course I think you didn’t, Paul, which is why I gave the link !!!

        Comment by cazinatutu — September 18, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

  8. Sorry to hear about your back, Paul – after nearly 40 years of ‘twanging buttocks’ I was treated in Paisley (NHS) with an Australian method which basically involves strengthening the muscles which are supporting your spine. Can’t remember what it was called but it worked – any physio will know about it and the beauty of it is that you can do the exercises at any moment – walking, driving, sitting down whatever. Re the rowan tree at Brochel – if you are out on the moors and see a lone rowan you will (virtually) always find the ruins of a house -they were planted to ward off evil spirits in the early days.

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — September 17, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  9. Sorry about the back – it is such a bind. take it slowly and don’t do the bending and all should be well – at least as well as you can be with a dodgy back!!!! Get well soon!

    Comment by seonagh53 — September 17, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  10. I wonder if hauling 3/4 of a ton of pig food the day before had anything to do with that back problem, and the magic words for the cure are ” Fiery Jack “

    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — September 17, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    • I’m a ‘Volterol’ man Dave, most important to wash your hands throughly before going to the loo 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 18, 2012 @ 9:12 am

  11. Are body’s are not machines but temples and should be treated as such now and then we should treat our selves to a bit of TLC. This will recharge our battery’s and allow us to meet our commitments in life.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — September 17, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  12. Hope your back problem sorts itself quickly. The enforced rest from heavy lifting, and moving sacks of this and cylinders of that, when you are on your course will help, but I believe you must also keep the spine mobilized so the muscles do not lose their tone. The exercises on the chair in comment 6 above sound good, the question is how do you get your leg into that position?- could it be very painful ? x

    Comment by SOTW — September 17, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    • On the weather station chart I regularly see ‘new record’, but not to what it refers. What am I missing ?

      Comment by SOTW — September 18, 2012 @ 8:52 am

      • Morning She ‘new record’ just means it’s working, it flashes green as it’s receiving data. Back is delicate but good, just back in from a wander about the hill on a bonny day 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 18, 2012 @ 9:05 am

  13. Paul, Google “Piriformis syndrome”.

    Comment by Lloyd — September 17, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    • Hi Lloyd, up until yesterday I thought piriform was a ‘C cleaner’ for the computer 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 18, 2012 @ 9:06 am

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