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MRSRLP Posts: 194
11/24/13 2:30 P

I am 70 years old and have your issues plus years of pain and doctors, medications, trials and errors. I died last year this month,CPR saved me, my husband found me on the floor. a week after getting home he found me again seizing and then I slipped into a coma. a year later I am still in pain, weak and no social life. I can not walk,, stand, or sit. For long. I am going to request to wean off the pain meds. I have many and every side effect from every med I have to take. anti-diarrheal med, anti-nausea, abdominal pain med, on and on. I went from 185 to 128 just this year, not from diet. One thing you may enjoy is walking in a pool. I hope to get back doing that one day. here is no pressure on your bones and it is good exercise. I recommend this for anyone who can't take a lot of weight bearing on the bones. I also rest on a heating pad. when standing in the kitchen or bathroom a rubber mat really helps. I planto get off the pain meds, use cannabis tincture at night, get my steroid injections in my spine every 3 to 4 months, use Lidoderm pain patch as needed and begin the walk again to strengthen my muscles. I hope some of this info will help you. Also I use self hypnosis tapes and meditation tapes. good luck to you.

IKACEY Posts: 2,599
7/8/13 2:25 P

I have the same back problems when I stand I can only stand for about 4 minutes and then I get stabbing pains climbing my spine and burning really setting my teeth on edge pain over my hip and right buttock area. This has been going on for years no ever since my left leg was amputated (below knee) I have Osteo Arthritis but the way the pain comes and my leg will start shaking and give out if I continue standing , but not if I am moving makes me wonder. My doctor just writes it off as part of the OA experience. Has anyone had this and got some actual information from a doctor as to what it could be? Should I be seeing a pain doctor or a back doctor?

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7/8/13 12:43 P

I agree with everyone to get back to your doctor. I have chronic lower back pain. Through persistence with my doctor, I was referred to a physical therapist, and that helped a lot. I see a chiropractor a couple of times a year too. Through her I learned that one leg is 1" shorter than the other. With corrective shoe inserts she gave me, my back is much better. I persisted with the doctors until the problem resolved. The only back exercises I do, and I do many, were given me by my doctors.

Good luck!

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7/8/13 12:15 P

Hmmmm...sounds like the Doc was having a bad day and pre-occupied with something other than YOUR issues! (Is the Doc a Gen Practitioner--or a back specialist??)

I'd call in and ask for that referral to a Physical Therapist---that's their specialty-that's why they are there! And any good one will refer you on to a back specialist if their evaluation indicates they can't improve your condition substantially....

Good Luck!!

DANZIG138 SparkPoints: (8,774)
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7/8/13 2:02 A

Planks are a regular part of my routine. I brought it up with my doctor once but he didn't really give any advice. More like a "Eh, whatareyougonnado, amirite?"

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,790
7/7/13 7:57 P

I agree that since this is an issue you've been dealing with for so long, your doctor is the best one to give advice on what to do to help fix it. Your doc might be able to give you a referral to see a physical therapist who can design a set of exercises specific to your needs.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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7/7/13 7:10 P

I don't have personal experience with your condition, but my partner suffers from chronic lower back pain due to an old injury. Do you think it might help to do some exercises to strengthen your core in general? Can you do planks, for example, or does that just cause more pain? I'm thinking that stronger abs/core muscles might take some of the burden off your lower back. There is a good strength training book called "New Rules of Lifting for Abs" by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove. They give a series of workout programs with specific exercises -- if you do the entire book, it's about 6 months -- and the workouts are full-body exercises that also engage the abs/core a lot. It might be worth looking into. One of the things I like about Lou Schuler is that he's a 50 year old guy with some knee and shoulder issues, so his books and advice include modifications and comments like "If you have back pain, don't do this, do this other thing instead".

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
7/7/13 6:53 P

sounds like you need to visit the doc again

JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (22,120)
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7/7/13 5:21 P

Ice, Ibuprophen, and continuing to be active as much as you can help it.

I was shown a stretch by a trainer. Stand while wearing shoes for balance with your feet just 3 inches or so apart. Bend forward, starting at the shoulders let your arms hang down. Roll downward, until you are basically bent in half. Place your hands aroung the inside of your calves. Pull yourself inward more for as long as possible. Breath deep, then slowly crawl your hands up your legs as you keep your back relaxed, curling all the way up to your shoulders as you come to a standing position again.

Unfortunately, we use our lower back so often that when there becomes a problem with it, it's almost impossible to ignore. I wish I could magically erase my spinal issues. What I find that helps is to keep firm support like a pillow, while sitting, or in the car. Also, use a pillow to sleep with at night that you can move around. I'll often use it to prop myself against the stomach, or behind me, rather than using it between my legs. Try every possible position and see what works. I've always been told by chiropractors that how you sleep often determines how your back will feel the next day and heal over time.

I've also done relaxation exercises. Lay flat on the floor with your legs propped onto the couch or a chair. Extend your arms out, palms up, Try to get into a position where you feel most relaxed. Lay there for 20 minutes. It's a long time, but it really does help ease pain.

Feel better soon...

Edited by: JESSAELINN at: 7/7/2013 (17:27)
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7/7/13 4:56 P

Sounds to me like its time to revisit both the Doc and PT people!!

I know that for my lower back, when doing dishes and standing, it helps to open the lower cupboard door and put one foot up on the cabinet base (about 4-6" lift)...

But that's the extent of my knowledge or advice!
I hope someone professional can give you more advice!

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7/7/13 4:30 P

I have some pretty nasty damage at L5S1. Doctor says not to lift 100+ pounds (depending on position), so I don't. I do have a weight training routine that I change up periodically, but always includes lower back exercises (such as hyperextensions and reverse hyperextensions). The only exercise that causes a burning, fatigue sensation in my lower back are the hyperextensions, supported squats, and flat kneee raises. But it's not too bad in intensity.

But everyday activity, such as standing and washing dishes, gathering laundry, taking out the trash, etc, causes teh same burning, fatigued sensation and a feeling of muscle weakness so intense that I have to focus really hard to remain standing, and have to sit down after just a few minutes. Walking causes the same thing after 30-45 minutes.

This is really having a negative impact on my daily life, but I can't seem to find any information about it. Hopefully, I can pick up some info/tips here.


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