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Lower back pain - Help!

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  1. Tomb Raider

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    Does anyone here have persistent lower back pain? If so, do you have any recommendations on remedial measures.

    I have slight scoliosis that stresses my back. I don't like taking meds. At the same time, I don't like quackery. So, this leaves me in a weird spot.

    The medical professional has me flummoxed. Everyone does a little bit of this and recommends you to another doctor for a little bit of that. You end up going to and fro and spending a lot of money with no real result.

    So, does anyone have any recommendations for lower back pain? I use an inversion board. I see a chiropractor. I have a massage therapist. I use Biofreeze and capsicum patches. I am thinking about dry needling (a less harsh accupuncture - thinner needles). I just don't want to pop ibuprofen all the time.

    Help!
     
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  3. BurnedOutGeek

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    I had it a LOT lately. Like a stabbing pain that just comes on all the sudden without warning.

    Flexeril and scotch works like a champ.
     
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    Thanks. My massage therapist recommended it and my doctor said that I should try dry needling. Does it lesson or alleviate pain? How long does it last?
     
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    A muscle relaxer with alcohol..? Oh geez. You don't want to wake up, do ya?
     
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    Been doing it for 25 years and works quite well.
     
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    Twenty Five years..? Yikes.
     
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    Buy the book Foundation. Do the 5 basic exercises everyday. That might take you a whole 10-20 mins. Walk. Eat healthy food. You should be good to go.

    BUT, if you are overweight by a bunch you need to lose it. If you are injured it changes things. But that book is the best thing that I ever bought. I have spent a ton of time in cars and on planes. Sitting is the devil. Move, walk and strech. Good luck.
     
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    Please do not overdue the ibuprofen. I had a very bad habit of doing that and ended up with 2 MAJOR GI bleeds. As in hemoglobin count down in the 7s...

    My wife swears by acupuncture for a variety of issues.
     
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    Thanks. I am not overweight. I exercise...probably not the same exercises in the book. I ride horses. But, my job requires that I sit a lot. That probably doesn't help. I will check out the book.
     
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    The military used to give ibuprofen like candy. But, yeah, it is not friendly on the stomach at all. You know all about that it seems. Another yike.
     
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    I picked up a Varidesk last year, it made a huge difference for me. Posture, energy, etc. is all way better.


    http://www.varidesk.com/
     
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    I used to ride bikes. That was not good for my back. My guess is horses are not helpful either. That book is legit, and the guy has worked with accident victims and athletes with injuries. But backs suck, so your results may vary. When all else fails I walk. About 6-8 miles at a stretch. It really helps. If nothing else you'll sleep better. Sitting is the worst. Just move if you can't do anything else. Good luck.

    The exercises in the book are not long nor hard, but they help. Go slow ans use good form. It will help.
     
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    We have been trying to get them at work, which is amusing. My area received cardboard boxes. Another area received the adjustable desk. Depends on the budget code... Maybe I can go the medical necessity route. I am certainly not going to buy my own computer setup for work.
     
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    Thanks. Actually, the walk and canter feel wonderful on the back because the motion tends to loosen the lower back. The trot is another story. Sitting trot is probably not good at all. It causes one to use the lower back as a spring.
     
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    You aren't buying a computer setup...you're buying something to help your back.
     
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    TENS unit. That is all
     
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    I don't know if it falls under quackery, but yoga seemed to really help mine out a while back. If you have a good place nearby that you can learn some of the basic stretches, holds and moves it might be worth a shot.
     
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    Yep. I haven't really done much, but yoga or pilates on a regular basis will help. I have done more pilates, but whatever you will do more frequently is good.
     
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    The yoga roller is an invention by Satan himself and it's glorious.
     
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    No magic fixes for too much time in the saddle. I have arthritis in my back and it kills me to walk but I do it several miles a day. I stop at every mile mark and do 40 toe touches which stretches my back out. I usually feel pretty good at the end of the walk. Even better if I do a good stretch before hand.

    Of course I sit for a while after and get stiff again but, at least it's without pain.
     
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    There seem to be a great many things that cause back pain, so it is hard to sort through suggestions in any scientific kinda way. That said, removing the trapeze from the bedroom will likely provide some relief from future symptoms.
     
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    you sound like you have the exact same condition my mother had about 8 years ago....

    inversion board and chiropractor... worked for about a year... after that she developed a really bad prescription pain killer addiction and she started taking them with about 2 bottles of wine a day... not good!!!!

    had surgery at the recommendation of a orthopedic specialist that wanted to try and slow or stop her scoliosis and she was pain free almost instantly... aside from the surgery... she came home from a 2 day stay in the hospital after having a couple of vertebrae fused at different places in her back, and that took pressure off her spinal chord (at least that is how they explained it to my father and me).

    at the end of the week she was walking "almost" normal.... since then she has developed other problems, and she lives in almost constant pain now from different ailments, but she says the back pain is really still not a quarter of what it used to be...


    i will ask her what they did if you like, maybe you can get an orthopedic to look at you and recommend something.
     
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    Buy a uesd Wii fit with the yoga program and it will change your life if you do it regulary. You will be a little dore the first week, start slow and follow along. The program will guide you and track your progress, it is also fun with the other fitness based games. I have had a bad back for 6 years now. I see a pain doctor every month and the yoga helps almost as much as a medicine
     
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    Exercise and stretching really helps mine. But you need to find the stretches that really get at the problem. And that depends on where it hurts. I took a really hard hit to my hip, pain is kind of like sciatica but more in the hip/back side. Tried sciatica stretches and they are OK. Then I found a lower back stretch. Holy crap I thought it was going to kill me the first week! But it has nearly worked the soreness out of it if I can do it several times a week. It's the second one that uses the table. When I started I could not possibly get my right leg flat or even lean forward without tremendous pain. Now I can push the leg down and lay way forward before I get pain, and it's minimal.

    http://www.eatrunread.com/2012/04/hip-flexor-and-piriformis-stretching.html

    If that's not the area, I've used the Superman exercise. Like a reverse crunch where you lay on your belly and pick up your arms and legs. That's a good one that is not very difficult but strengthens the lower back.
     
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    I have a 120$ inversion table I got from dicks/
    I had a couple of bad jumps when I was in the army, one resulted in a compression fracture, and any way. I do not go totally inverted, what I do is a slight inversion just till I start feeling pressure relief (usually feet up @45degrees) and I hold a 10 lb weight for like passive traction, and rotate left and light I do this for 20 mins in the AM, and PM.

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    Hey, if you get into a yoga class, can you get us some pitchers and post 'em up here? We been hurtin' real bad the last few days. Thanks!
     

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