Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Ouch

This past weekend, I hurt my back pretty bad and I've been in severe pain all week. I did a back flip on our trampoline, and even though I landed it, I tweaked something pretty good. Now I'm like an old man: hobbling around, groaning when I get out of a chair, etc. I even thought about calling room service this morning to tie my shoes. My co-workers don't think I can hurt it anymore by not getting help immediately, but the pain certainly isn't going anywhere. In fact, it seems like it's getting worse. Good thing I brought a heating pad to work today. ;-)

Posted in General at Jun 28 2006, 07:43:14 AM MDT 8 Comments
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Welcome to the club! I crashed on my bike a month ago and broke my collar bone. Had to do surgery to fix it, but I'm improving. I only take painkillers before going to bed. Mats

Posted by Mats Henricson on June 28, 2006 at 08:44 AM MDT #

Sounds like you need to cut out of work a bit early and get to the hotel bar. :)

Posted by erik weibust on June 28, 2006 at 09:33 AM MDT #

Hey - Heat may actually cause more issues - you might want to try ice instead. A visit to the chiropractor always helps me as well.

Posted by Dave on June 28, 2006 at 10:33 AM MDT #

Matt, I just went through what you are going through, it hurts like a mutha, here's a link w/some great tips to help alleviate the pain.

Posted by Scott Williams on June 28, 2006 at 10:37 AM MDT #

Sorry, here's the link: http://www.texasback.com/sc_firstaid.htm

Posted by Scott Williams on June 28, 2006 at 10:38 AM MDT #

Hey Matt, When you're reading lay on your back on the floor with your legs up on a chair so that you're in a sitting position on your back. Lay there as long as you can. Unless you ruptured a disk the pain is probably from your muscles. Chiropractors, Massuses or Naturopaths, like Lang, can help. If you go with AMA types muscle relaxers work great. Mr. Limbauh's drug of choice makes one think the back is healed! When your'e healed I'd recommend more situps than you'd care to hear about and yoga. Love, Dad

Posted by Dad on June 29, 2006 at 07:28 AM MDT #

i'd take your Dad's suggestion one step further, Matt, and recommend sleeping on the floor for a night or two if you can stand it. i've hurt my back a few times in the past, and after a couple of nights sleeping on top of a comforter on the floor it usually straightened itself out.

Posted by stephen ogrady on June 29, 2006 at 08:11 AM MDT #

Matt, if your back is so sore you can't sit in front of a computer without a heating pad, your body is trying to tell you something. I had a similar condition a few years back but when it didn't resolve itself after a day or two I returned to work with a constant heating pad on my back to keep the pain at bay.....after 3-4 days of this my back continued to tighten until I herniated a disc in my back and ended up on disability for two months. This was when I found out that my benefit program at work had an excellent disability plan.....but I would have much preferred to not injure myself in such a serious manner. :)

Posted by Aron Wallaker on June 29, 2006 at 02:41 PM MDT #

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