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    Question Re-occuring lower back problems

    I threw my back out a little over a year ago while doing leg press. Ever since then, about every three months or so, I end up throwing my back out again. Any of you out there that have ever had this problem? It's so excruciatingly painful at times. I KNOW what I need to do in order to squash it quickly (anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants), but I'm wondering if any of you have other remedies?

    I know I need to go back to my hardcore regimen of sit-ups and crunches, but I can't exactly do that with a sore back.

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    I recently squished my sciatic nerve and couldn't even walk for almost a month. Having no medical insurance, I decided to see an accupuncture specialist and the results are AMAZING! She noticed that my muscles were unusually tense and after the treatment, the pain in my leg slowly subsided! I can go to DL now without being in pain in the queues.
    Anyway, if you do go, find one that shows proficiency in English and uses disposable (as opposed to re-usable) needles. If you are in SoCal, I have a great recommendation!
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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    Hi migo!

    Sorry you're in such pain. I've had recurring back problems (from being slightly overweight and well uhh having to carry couple of personal baggage *cough* around as well as arthritis in my lower back). Until the pain goes away, the recommendation is stretches and either ice or heat--both work for me at different times of the day.

    Lying down on your back and pulling your leg up to your chest is a great stretch. I can't remember the others because I like that one the best. Just consult your doctor and don't overdo it. Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    Great ideas! Hmmm, acupuncture, never thought of that. I'm highly opposed to chiropractors, but acupuncture might be an option.

    DDD-

    I'm going to try that stretch tonight. I just don't want to take the meds...if I'm going to have a cocktail, I'm not going to mix the muscle relaxant...so I'm going to do this "naturally" this time around. I did have my husband attempt to find the knot, and boy did he find one. The spasming in my muscles down there is out of control!

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    Have been there! I was even off MiceChat for a few months because I couldn't sit at the computer! I have a herniated disk at L4/L5 and spinal stenosis aggrivating my sciatica nerve. And I understand about the medicine. I'll barely take tylenol for headaches.

    Physical therapy worked wonders for me!!!! Dee's stretching recommendation is excellent. But here's the first rule of physical therapy.... unlike exersize and strength training... no pain = gain! No stretching or other exersize you do should hurt your back, ever!

    If the exersize Dee suggests helps you, I would also recommend laying on the floor with knees bent. Bring one knee up to your chest (or as far as you can) while raising your hips slightly and targeting your lower abdominals. Its a modified crunch. Do like 3 sets of 15 reps three times a day if you can.

    The best way to prevent a back strain is to strengthen your abs. Gee, I should take my own advice!

    Feel free to PM me if you want more of my PT exersizes.

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    sorry to hear bout your back. is it only when u are on your back? Sometimes i take a break and after i go number 2, I feel better. lol, don't know if we can say number 2 hear. lol. .

    Maybe u should think about going to a chiropracter. I hear they have ways to calm your back problems .?

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    If the exersize Dee suggests helps you, I would also recommend laying on the floor with knees bent. Bring one knee up to your chest (or as far as you can) while raising your hips slightly and targeting your lower abdominals. Its a modified crunch. Do like 3 sets of 15 reps three times a day if you can.


    Sounds great hyperbole! The acupuncture specialist told me to do similar exercises! I had no idea that the sciatic nerve could cause so much pain! I will PM you for more exercises...I need to get the last bit of the pinch to go away before Sunday's HubMeet! (it'll be my first HubMeet ever, and I wanna make a good impression - so I can't be limping or uncomfortable!)
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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    Quote Originally Posted by a_hyperbole
    Have been there! I was even off MiceChat for a few months because I couldn't sit at the computer! I have a herniated disk at L4/L5 and spinal stenosis aggrivating my sciatica nerve. And I understand about the medicine. I'll barely take tylenol for headaches.

    Physical therapy worked wonders for me!!!! Dee's stretching recommendation is excellent. But here's the first rule of physical therapy.... unlike exersize and strength training... no pain = gain! No stretching or other exersize you do should hurt your back, ever!

    If the exersize Dee suggests helps you, I would also recommend laying on the floor with knees bent. Bring one knee up to your chest (or as far as you can) while raising your hips slightly and targeting your lower abdominals. Its a modified crunch. Do like 3 sets of 15 reps three times a day if you can.

    The best way to prevent a back strain is to strengthen your abs. Gee, I should take my own advice!

    Feel free to PM me if you want more of my PT exersizes.


    Yes. Well familiarized with PT and rehabbing body parts. Way too familiar.

    I am going to get back onto my ab program. I was so good with sticking to it last year, then some family problems came into play and I stopped. Was doing around 700+ every other night.

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    I have lived my entire adult life with lower back problems - until I started seeing a chiropractor regularly. I've NEVER felt better and, amazingly enough, some of my other "unrelated" issues have disappeared. Between regular adjustments, strengthening exercises and ice/heat treatments when I do experience pain I am a happy camper. My medical doctor just wanted to give me drugs. Drugs are NOT a long term solution.

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    No kidding. She gave me an open ended prescription for Naprosyn. The last thing I want to do is pop pills every three months when this flares up, thus negating the effect those would have on something when I REALLY need it (not saying it doesn't hurt like a beyotch, but still...).

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    Do you ever think about maybe sitting instead of excersising. I do it all day when my back hurts then when i have to walk to go to the bathroom or eat it hurts. so i like to sit. i will tell you where the pain is. the pain is in my lowe back.

    so sometimes when i have to clean the gutters for my mom i get up on the ladder and my back hurts so i then just sit and relax and its fine. iwill then tell you what i do. I then relax.

    to make a long story short take breaks and dont listen to people who say you need to excersise cause its WRONG!. my mom yells at me for not doing anything but its not HER BACK!,. I mean come on mom im 30 now i don't need to do "choares" anymore.

    just take it from me who like s to sit. hope u get better.

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    StinkyPete...I'm speechless. Truly speechless. Mucho caliente!

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    I have a L5-S1 herniated disc in my back; and I cannot express enough what Pilates does for me! All the suggestions you've heard so far..physical therapy, accupuncture, anti-inflammatories...those are all great, but mostly those act as temporary relief and will at least get you back up again. For me, I believe Pilates stretches are for the long-term relief. Even just 3x/week will make a difference. THe point is, to nurse and strengthen your back, you need to be consistent. Pilates will tone and intensify those core muscles in your trunk ad back. If I go even 2-3 days without my pilates stretches, my back will tell me and I'm usually motivated to continue because I know that I will feel better.

    You can buy/rent those videos for home, take pilates classes at the Y or through a local community college (cheap!), or check out a book for the stretches. You'll learn so much and feel better about your back! And, ANYONE can do pilates.

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    Quote Originally Posted by migo
    No kidding. She gave me an open ended prescription for Naprosyn. The last thing I want to do is pop pills every three months when this flares up, thus negating the effect those would have on something when I REALLY need it (not saying it doesn't hurt like a beyotch, but still...).
    Don't discount Naprosyn. Its an anti-inflammatory medication more than an anaylgesic. It really does treat the cause of the pain, not the pain itself. That being said I am a pill avoider as well.

    I know a lot of people swear by chiropractic but I'm not a fan. In fact I'm extremely skeptical of them, and most of their theories go against what I know to be true according to biology.

    Just for good balance, here's a website with some in-depth, skeptical analysis of chiropractic: http://www.chirobase.org/ Not trying to change anyone's mind (if it works for you, go for it!), but just giving another side of the coin.

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    Re: Re-occuring lower back problems

    I had been looking into starting pilates. Not only for my health, but to really tone up (more than I am). Not Madonna style toning, but for more definition.

    I think I'm going to invest in one of those videos. Thanks!

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