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Struggling with back pain

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I've been going to physical therapy and a chiropracter for my arthritis and degenerative scoliosis in my back. It hurts to walk, it hurts to get out of bed in the AM but it also hurts to sit or stay in one position too long! I'm still working and some days it hurts so much in the AM that I don't think I'll make it through the day. Ibuprophen or naproxen help but my cardiologist doesn't want me to take them. Tylenol doesn't help but they want me to try taking it three times a day. Hydrocodone helps alot but I can't work while on it and when I'm out they probably won't give me more. Ice packs and heating pads help some but I'm so tired of being in pain. emoticon
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VBPARROTHEAD 4/16/2013 11:51AM

  I am so sorry that you are in such pain, I can definitely empathize! I had surgery about 3 years ago after suffering for many years. I knew when I didn't want to get on the dance floor with my husband that I had to do something and found a fantastic neurosurgeon. he sent me to a chiropractor first and when that didn't help (I had tried PT, etc. over the years) he operated. What a relief. With your heart problem I don't know if surgery is an option but if it is then go for it. My daughters and I have suffered from the same degenerative disc problem and scoliosis. One daughter has rods, screws, etc, one will have to have more surgery, and I have a plate and screws. Now I am able to participate in aerobics, walk for miles, and dance!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/1/2013 12:09PM

    I am so sorry to read this. You really have a lot to cope with at the moment. Don't give up! I found DOVESEYES' suggestion interesting. Walking helps for many conditions. Maybe it could help you too?
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D-ABBY 3/31/2013 12:55PM

    Praying for you with some understanding. My husbands pain Doc told him to take 3 Tylenol at a time--the same dosage as a Darvocett had. I do that when the pain level is high and it helps. Maybe take three of those in the morning, then maintain with 2 every 6 hours after that, then the occasional of the others you mention when that is not covering you well. Taking different types of meds, like Tylenol followed by Ibuprophen, you can take them 2 to 3 hours apart as opposed to the 4 to 6. But make sure they are different meds. You don't want to take two different sources of Ibuprophen or Acetamenophen that close together.

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CHANTENAY 3/29/2013 9:03AM

    I'm so sorry to hear you are going through this. If I hear of anything natural that won't interfere with what doctors are doing, I will let you know. I worked for a hospital that had a MD who specialized in natural therapies. She studied with Dr. Andrew Weil and did acupuncture on patients. The doctors sent patients to her that they didn't know what to do with - that conventional medicine didn't have anything to offer any more.

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JTREMBATH 3/29/2013 2:56AM

    I can relate to your problems I have the same back problem I just force myself to do things.

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FLAMENM 3/28/2013 11:27PM

    Yoga has helped with pain related to my congenital scoliosis.

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USMAWIFE 3/28/2013 7:58PM

    i resorted to accupunture for pain relief. only thing that helped me

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DOVESEYES 3/28/2013 7:52PM

    My back was agony too. After 50 years I was told I had a birth defect, which didn't surprise me but did assuage somewhat the years of "there is nothing wrong with you" I got from doctors. I wanted to be gone it was so horrible.

I found the only relief I got was walking it was so hard at first but over time it really helped. At first it was 5 mins then 6 etc. No bags or holding anything. Just paracetamol for the pain.

After a time I felt really great I still can't sit for more than half an hour but I can do a lot more things.

Hope you can get real help for your back.

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LIZZIE-BELLE1 3/28/2013 7:50PM

  Are you close to a warm water pool or a regular pool. Check with the local YMCA to see if there is a program near you for arthritis. Just walking in the water may help. You don't have to do anything strenuous. Have you tried moist heating pads?

I hope you get some relief soon. I have degenerative arthritis in my spine and walking can be difficult at times, and my posture has really gotten bad. I don't feel that I can stand up straight all the time and when I do get tired I know that I slouch. But you are at the right place with the physical therapy.

Don't give up.

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AJB121299 3/28/2013 7:46PM

    my back also hurts

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