Back problems

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  1. toylin

    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I need your help family... I suffer from some bad back pain. (Lower back, lumbar region.. I'm thinking L4 and L5.) The pain these days can be so bad, that when I move my head or neck, I can feel it pulling. I've tried yoga, tai chi, belly dancing, hot packs, cold packs, extra pillows in the bed, hot baths, warm baths, and massage. So, short of going to a chiropractor and/or having a breast reduction, is there anything else I should try?

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    Toya
     
  2. sweetbrownsugar

    sweetbrownsugar Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I suffer from "Lumbar spondylosis w/ mild degenerative disc space disease L4, L5 L5-S1" whatever that is! I've tried everything too. The only medications that were great in helping were a form of Oxycontin (Oxy something else Oxycodone) which I had to stop taking because of all the talk of how unsafe Oxycontin was. Then I had "Demerol" injections (shot in the butt) which helped so much with the pain. There are strong pain medications out there but doctors are reluctant to prescribe these days with people becoming addicted to them. But those worked the best for me. There's an athletic club in our complex which has: sauna(HEAT)-sometimes I go in put pain relieving creams on my back and sit in there for a spell. or the whirlpool/hottub(HEAT) And I still work out (MUSCLE STRENGTH/BLOOD CIRCULATION). pains since 25, I am 29 now and be having back pain like some old little lady!
     
  3. toylin

    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    WEll, I've always had back pains, but they got worse when I was pregnant. (MY baby spent the last 3 months laying on my spine.) Once I had him, I could not even sleep on my back for the first 4 - 5 months. Now, sleeping on my back is the only comfortable position. If I sleep on my side, I wakw up with horrible back cramps. (I'm 24.) *sigh* Guess I will have to go to the doctor, afterall.
     
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    sweetbrownsugar Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Chile, I had already hurt my back for "uncle Sam". During my last month of pregnancy fell from a high bed on my BACK. I get spasms/pain where my back will give way or go out. Sometimes sitting for a long while is a problem cause there will be pain/spasms and my foot will go numb?! To make matters worse I have chronic body pain from what I was told was FIBROMYALGIA turns out I tested positive last month for LUPUS. Stand your ground when you go to these specialist. Ask questions. Always seek a second opinion. A lot of them will give you medicine that they know won't help a great deal just to keep you coming back so they keep scheduling you for follow -ups so they can get PAID for each visit. Because of the Lupus I am now collaborating with a (Rheumatologist, Dermatologist, Chiropractor, Dental Specialist, and my regular doctor) for one SERIOUS PAIN medication that covers all bases. I caught most of these doctors trying to string me a long....prescribe anything....tell me anything..kept scheduling me for follow-ups GETTING PAID while I sat in pain. Becareful out there Toylin. I wish you good luck.
     
  5. MississippiRed

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    I was rear ended a few years ago...had two crashes in the span of a week actually..neither of which were my fault..anyway my back for the longest was screwed...I went to the chiropractor and it seemed to get worse..I finally went to the accupuncturist and man that was the best thing I ever did...accupuncture is a trip and may be kind of scary at first but I tell you what it worked I havent had any back problems since and now I even squat, do deadlifts and everything without a belt and have no problems...find you one....it's worth it...
     
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    I have the same problem as you do, sweetbrownsugar. What helped me was seeing a physical therapist. It took a while of doing those exercises everyday before I noticed a difference. I am supposed to do those exercises once a day everyday for the rest of my life. I'll admit I don't but initially, I did. Also, I take ibuprophen for the pain when needed.
     
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    wow i really don't have a answer for this but i'm looking it up and study
    the treatment ......i'll get back
     
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    sweetbrownsugar Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Watzinaname: I know what you mean with supposedly doing those physical therapy exercises everyday...but not doing them. Now they have the "ULTRASOUND" physical therapy...which I just sat(once a week) while they applied that and was like I don't know about this? so I didn't stay with that program of therapy*

    MississippiRed: Accupuncture. Hmm.....I never thought about that one?*


    Someone once recommended "hypnosis" to me. They were serious. But that doesn't sound serious at all to me. I can see it now..........(doctor: "I am going to count to 10. when you hear the clap of my hands....open your eyes! Then I'll open my eyes still be in pain. The hypnotist will BE GONE AND MY POCKET BOOK TOO! OR WORST I'LL GO HOME BARKING LIKE A DOG EVERYTIME I HEAR SOMEONE CLAP THEiR HANDS!
     
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    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    How much does accupuncture cost? I have considered this, but I don't think my insurance covers this kind of therapy, and i don;t have much cash on hand these days. But as I posted, I've tried Yoga and all sorts of stretching exercises.. they haven't helped me at all. *sigh* Guess I'll go back to finding a doctor... that's covered by insurance, at least.
     
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    So, toylin and sweetbrownsugar, you tried traditional physical therapy, and it didn't work?
     
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