Friday, January 19, 2007

First-degree back pain

I do dumb things sometimes. This isn't something I'm proud of, but it is something I will admit to.

Today, I have to admit to ignoring the warning on a package of heating pads.

On Tuesday, I told my doctor about my extreme back pain. She said that those self-adhesive back heating pads would help. She also recommended other things, but I immediately latched onto those pads.

We had some at home, so as soon as I got back to the house, I dug one out and stuck it directly to my back. I know what the packaging says, but I've got to wear a back belt thing and my underwear are low due to the belly, as are my pants. In my opinion, the best way for me to get the pain relief I needed would be for me to stick that pad directly to my back. My skin wouldn't be shifting like the clothes, so I thought this was the best decision.

This is probably why the back pad I wore Wednesday fell off en route to work. It is definitely why my back is now flaming red with three blistery patches.

Yesterday I felt twinges around the pad, but I just pulled it off and repositioned it and went on with my day.

Today, the twinges were more like screams. My skin was hot and tight and hurt. I gingerly reached behind me and ever-so-slowly peeled the back pad from my tender skin. It hurt so much! I tried to reposition it, but this time my back refused. So, I pulled the pad out. Leaving my hot, sweating skin in direct contact with my stretchy back belt. That hurt even more.

I couldn't take the brace off at my desk, so I grabbed my purse and rushed to the bathroom to get rid of the offensive back belt. After I had it safely stowed in my purse, I decided to take a peek in the bathroom mirror at my back. (It also helped that I was by myself in the bathroom.) My back had a bright red rectangle on it and three blistery brighter red patches! I folded down the waistband of my pants and went to my desk to IM Bob about what I had done.

He was not impressed with me. Yes, I knew what the packaging said. But I had clothing obstacles! I was in pain! I decided to go to CVS to get burn cream and bandages. Bob, who is thinking a lot more than I am at the moment, wisely recommended that I avoid sticky band aids.

I ended up buying myself burn spray (which is nice and cool!) and some big gauze pads. I wasn't by myself in the bathroom when I put on my spray and gauze pad, but at that point I didn't care anymore.

At least for a while there I didn't feel my back muscle pains!

So, this will be my public service announcement for the day. Don't stick those self-adhesive back heating patches directly to your skin for days at a time. The resulting burns are no fun and they inhibit you from wearing other things that might help your back.


Blogger Dawn said...


So sorry you had to go through that!

Maybe next time, a regular strength tylenol? I dunno. but ouch.

5:57 PM  
Blogger The Frog Princess said...

This can NOT be pleasant. They have these things called 'Hot Hands' that my dad used when he went hunting. He'd put one in his gloves to keep his hands warm. Maybe next time you could just wrap an ace bandage around yourself and drop one in where needed.

I hope your back feels better soon!

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Caerynn said...

Ugh, that sounds terrible! Hope the burns heal quickly, and that your back doesn't give you too much trouble. You're in the home stretch now. Are you excited?

11:44 AM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Actually, at this point I'm more embarrassed about doing this to myself. The burn pain has gone down dramatically. Thanks for the sympathy!

1:10 PM  

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