Ow, my BACK!

  1. Thanks to countless essays, i've been sitting a LOT with a computer. Thanks to a combo of this and standing for 1-13 hours a day, my lower back feels like one giant knot.

    I have plenty more computer work to do, i take frequent walk-around breaks, stretch, sit up straight, switch chairs, lay flat on the floor, etc. Running out of ideas on what to do now.
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   truern
    How do you feel about chiropractors??

    Bless your heart.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Iffy

    I've heard people say that it helps, also heard people that said it made it worse.
  5. by   jkaee
    Ditto on the chiropractor.

    Also, I've used those heat patches that you can buy at the drugstore. They don't prevent pain, but they are soothing when you have an aching back/neck/joint.

    Hope you feel better, Marie!
  6. by   z's playa
    I would suggest a hot bath with epson salts and a massage. Short term but better than nothing. And yeah..I don't trust chiropractors. Can't figure out WHY I would need to go back so many times.......:chuckle

    It's almost like they fix it...kinda...then put a timed kink in it to ensure your return with the wallet.

    Z
  7. by   prmenrs
    Drugs of your choice (well, Tylenol or Ibuprofen), and a heating pad? If you can lie flat on the floor, put your legs up on the sofa or a chair.

    Also need to start exercising those abs, esp. the obliques.
  8. by   truern
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Iffy

    I've heard people say that it helps, also heard people that said it made it worse.
    Well, I used to work for one, so I'm prejudiced

    Don't let the fact that he's no longer is business because of a bad back influence your decision in any way

    Seriously, I've had GREAT results myself. I don't hesitate to go whenever I need some bones cracked (oooh, forget I said that)
  9. by   truern
    Quote from z's playa
    I would suggest a hot bath with epson salts and a massage. Short term but better than nothing. And yeah..I don't trust chiropractors. Can't figure out WHY I would need to go back so many times.......:chuckle

    It's almost like they fix it...kinda...then put a timed kink in it to ensure your return with the wallet.

    Z
    z...it took awhile to get OUT of alignment...it takes a while to get back IN alignment Those muscles stretch...and kinda spring right back.
  10. by   z's playa
    Quote from truesn
    z...it took awhile to get OUT of alignment...it takes a while to get back IN alignment Those muscles stretch...and kinda spring right back.

    Yeah...I guess you're right It's just fun to pick on them ...my friend's a chiropractor...she never hears the end of it

    Plus...I'm nervous around people who can crack my neck.

    Z
  11. by   JentheRN05
    I've been having serious back problems since I broke my hip last summer. I have a bone chip in my joint but it's too small to remove. I sincerely think that's a good part of my back pain. Plus it gets 10x worse when my monthly visitor comes around. I've had tons of labs, xrays and ultrasounds. Can't find anything specific causing my back pain. At the end of 1 12h shift, if I were to use the 0-10 scale we give our patients I'd rate my pain at a strong 8, if it's during that monthly cycle and working a 12 hour shift it's more like a 10. I have a VERY VERY high pain tolerance, but it is all I can do to 'grin and bare it' and make it through a day. This week (starting tomorrow) I work 3 days in a row. Luckily I have a good doctor who realizes I'm not making this pain up and gives me lortabs. I make it to my car and then take one. Of course I never take them at work, but it is nearly unbearable, so I know your pain.
    I'm going through trying out several different types of shoes, hoping that will help. I have tried birkis (definately not), new balance, nikes, generics, and now Crocs. I have asked my parents for J.Rubios (I sure hope they help for the price) for christmas. I also have been using an accupunture blanket (I lay on it for 15 minutes) it seems to help, but is only temporary, and I have a couple of cuts on my back from it (yes it's that sharp, but once you've been on it for about 1 minute, it doesn't hurt anymore, just feels like a very very hot heating pad).
    Anyway - I am also listening with my ears wide open on this one for suggestions.
  12. by   Gompers
    I agree with the hot bath and epsom salts. That is the cure-all for almost all of my ailments!

    I used to have a computer chair that was like a kneeler - you had one padded piece you kneeled on, and another you kind of sat on the edge of. It was made so your tailbone doesn't touch the chair and there is less stress on your back. It was weird, but actually quite comfortable for doing things like papers and stuff, things where you are just THERE for HOURS typing and typing.

    What also works is getting one of those seat cushions that are slighlty sloping and have a cut-out where your tailbone is, thus relieving pressure. I used to have one in my car (I'm short) and have used it on the computer chair as well with good results.

    Hope you feel better soon!
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    I sit in my computer chair pointed sideways with my feet up on a desk that is next to my computer desk. So, sideways . . . .

    I'm not sure about chiropractors - I used to work for a physical therapist and he said there were kooks who believed that every springs from the spine . . . . cancer, multiple sclerosis, colds, flu, acne, depression, etc.

    Plus, cracking bones doesn't sound very good for the bones to me.

    However, I have heard that there are chiropractors who don't believe or do the above - more like PT's . ..

    Best wishes Marie - back pain is very debilitating.

    steph
  14. by   Gompers
    Quote from stevielynn
    Plus, cracking bones doesn't sound very good for the bones to me.
    I wonder about that, too. I have lots of friends that learned to "crack" their backs, either by contorting themselves into crazy positions or by having someone whack or stand on their backs. They all say, once you start, you can't stop, it's addicting. I wonder if that's why people go to chiropractors for years and years - like the work they do feels so good that it becomes a physical and psychological addiction?

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