The only thing I can add here would be magnets. i have magnet pads under my lower sheet in bed, for my knees and ankles. I occasionally move one for my lower back, or my shoulder - both areas give me problems.
Also, depending on what activity and exercise you can manage, core exercises can help hugely to alleviate some back pain. Even just pulling your stomach in to form that strong muscle belt, and keeping breathing while doing this, may help.
I hope you get good relief soon - back pain is so debilitating.
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Some things Physical Therapists can do better and some things Chiropractors can do better. My friend has a problem with her back and has been to both the Physical Therapists and Chiropractors. The Physical Therapist could give her some exercises to do at home (which Chiropractors do, too), but nothing was helping her at all. She has been going to a new Chiropractor and has been able to handle her back problem much better the last couple of weeks. Her MD had said she would need surgery and she saw the neurology surgeon last week and was told they cannot do surgery to help her, but she could continue to see the Chiropractor if that is helping. She wasn't sent back to PT.
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Personally I would go see my doctor and get into Physical Therapy to help my back. Chiropractors are okay but Physical Therapist are better trained and can get you into an exercise program to help you out. They do everything Chiropractors do and much much more.I wish you all the luck in the world and I hope your husbands returns soon.
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I had that type of injury several years ago and couldn't walk or get up by myself. Fortunately, my dad was able to get me up. I went to a chiropractor and it took several weeks to get the problem fixed, but I was able to get around after the first week or so. He didn't do any sudden adjustments, but more like a massage to move everything back in place. My back was fine after that until probably 20 years later. I hope that your chiropractor can get your back straightened out for you soon.
Yep...have had herniations in lumbar and cervical spine. If you have bowel or bladder changes, difficulty walking, foot drop it could mean cord compromise and surgery may be needed (and should be treated as a medical emergency!), otherwise conservative treatment is best.
You're doing right with the ice. Try lying on your side with the ice for 20-30 min, then get up and try walking for the next 20-30 min.Walking is probably the best thing you can do. If it causes increased pain you may want to see your doc....but sometimes back pain gets worse before it gets better.
I've had problems for over 1/2 my life....osteo and rheumatoid. First injury to back was at age 18. Before I hit 35 I was deemed fully disabled for the purposes of getting education/retraining assistance. I'm also a nurse and case manage a lot of people with back injuries. I work for a company that manages workers comp cases, so you can imagine we get a lot of back injuries.
Did I mention walking is the best thing to do?
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Yup, frequently. I have osteo as well as R,A. and disintegrating vertebra in my lower back and discs removed from my neck. My back is constantly complaining, I'm getting shorter by leaps and bounds, and the discs are pressing on the nerves to my L1 thru L5 (lower back) and my left leg. You don't say where the protrusion is in your back. Hopefully it is someplace where they can help you. Good luck. Keep us posted. Fran
I thru my back out last night and my hubby is still gone. thought I would have to call an ambulance the pain was excruciating- lower back and into legs and tingling in feet. put ice on it and took Vicodin, barely slept.
Called my chiropractor and drove myself there- no one else to drive me. He did a thorough exam and took x rays and did a light adjustment. I go back tomorrow to find out results but he thinks I may have a herniated, buldging disc in my lower back. I am still in allot of pain. Scary being alone like this.
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