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Blog entry by Huckleberry posted 07-29-2009 01:44 AM 1106 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of you have looked at this crib that I just posted over the weekend. This thing was heavy as all get out. I was telling my wife about this monster, and telling her that I was having some leg pains during the heavy construction of it. Be the ever so cautious wife she reminds me not to move this thing around myself. I being the bigger of the two stubborn ones do not heed this advice, and what a problem this has turned out to be. I landed in the ER last night due to this over whelming pain in my hip, back, and numbness in my foot. This familiar question kept coming up “What did you move or lift?” My answer is nothing and my thinking to this was that it had to be something that I lifted yesterday. Wrong it all started as this monster crib got heavier and heavier. So the diagnosis isn’t too bad but the time out of the shop is huge. What happened was all of this awkward lifting over the last week put a strain on my left lumbar in my back, then the strain got so aggravated that the muscle pinched my sciatic nerve. Women who have had children know this oh too well. So I am out of the shop for at least two weeks with physical therapy and restrictions. So the moral of my story don’t be that guy that thinks he is superman and can lift buildings at awkward positions and be ok. Get help and remember to lift with the legs NOT THE BACK!

Lost time in the shop for me is a lot of lost money, also I still can not move my leg quite right and my foot is constantly numb. My doctor says that it should go away and I hope that he is right. So to all you jocks learn from this story I am a real person that runs a real shop and now as I sit hear I can’t help but to think of the deadlines that I will now miss. I thought I had it licked with the economy but this injury might actually do more than the economy could do to my business.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#1 posted 07-29-2009 01:47 AM

Ouch! I feel your pain. Or, more accurately put, I’ve felt your pain. Like you I learned the hard way. Take your time and rest up.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 07-29-2009 02:09 AM

Hope you get better soon. Once you are back in the shop don’t over do it. It’s easy to re-injure your back. Even if it feels good a back needs a lot of time to heal.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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Don K.

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#3 posted 07-29-2009 03:23 AM

Sorry to hear about what happend….like Russel…I feel and HAVE felt your pain. I wonder why when we KNOW better…KNOW we should not lift or move something that we should have 4 guys on to move…still think we are supermen and still grab it and muscle it around ???

As I get a bit “Older”...I really want to install a elec. hoist on a trac in my new shop I plan on building this spring.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#4 posted 07-29-2009 03:38 AM

I have been there also and you really need the wife to keep your back limber or you will take a while to heal! Good luck brother.


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#5 posted 07-29-2009 03:39 AM

As one with a problem back – I feel your pain. Get better soon. Do what the doctor says!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 07-29-2009 03:39 AM

Back Pain is one of the worst….and nothing really helps but time and healing.

After spending many years managing my bad back (two ruptured disks and a laminectomy) I can tell you that a back injury is definitely nothing to take lightly.

When I was younger I would just tough it out…BIG MISTAKE! and work through the pain. This philosophy has gained me nothing more than chronic problems. The best thing you can do is try to plan every lift so that you do not use your back as a lever…it was truly not intended for such use and if you should strain it (for whatever reason).....let it relax and heal….The body has excellent regenerative ability if you let it….otherwise you are asking for cumulative chronic problems….NOTHING is worth that kind of trouble….believe me!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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John Gray

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#7 posted 07-29-2009 05:06 AM

Sorry to hear about your back problem. After 3 back surgeries, the last one finally fixed it, I know your pain.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 07:50 AM

Sorry to hear that you also have a buisness that is suffering as well as your back. Good luck on both.


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 07-29-2009 12:08 PM

Sciatica… ouch. I’ve been there. The good news from those that have had it. IT WILL GO AWAY. It doesn’t feel like that now but it will be better in about a week and after that you’ll think ,”well it’s better but still a pain”. A little more time and the rest will subside too. And yes the weird therapy things they do definitely help. I’m still doing some of them today just to try and keep things limbered/strengthened up to try and avoid that again. But, isn’t it an amazing debilitating sort of pain that forces you to get off your feet. I cut myself and twist myself all the time, stop the blood with electrical tape and work through it. Sciatica controls you.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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