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    Default Bad Backs

    Not like backs that go bad...

    My back is gonna get you man!!

    But backs that are painful, sore, uncomfortable. What happened to you, and how do you deal with it?

    I will start for me!!

    Ever since I was a kid I was too tall for standard tables - at primary school, I had to get an art table put my classroom so I was comfortable. I always looked down to speak to people (no comment from the peanut gallery ) and essentially did a lot of damage to my neck.

    When I was 16 I had a bad fall off a horse and was stood on - left buttock and spine.

    So all of those factors plus others including big boobs and big other things meant that I developed some back pain - especially in my left sciatic nerve.

    I find stretching really helps - over extending the muscle group seems to stretch most of the discomfort out

    I most walk in sport shoes and never in heels - at 6ft who needs heels?

    I get a massage for my neck as needed - as I can get it

    I take few drugs but if I am getting really bad migraines as a result of my neck and spine I will take mersyndol which puts me out like a light.

    I find sleeping on harder surfaces better

    Finally, I find yoga helps, but I rarely do it?

    What about you?

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    I have a tumor lodged in my coxic, and obviously it can't be removed. I do Callanetics and yoga, but really the BEST thing for it is bed rest and a hot water bottle, which sucks on a day like today that is waay too hot for such things.

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    Jesus Occy, my son would love you! Not because of the boobs but because of the six foot tall thing! He's 14 and 6 foot seven inches already, so when he meets a tall woman, he thinks it's sooooooo cool.

    Bugger about the back, spine and neck though. i feel for you, it is not nice at all.

    I snapped my coxis (?) bone (tail-bone point thingy) during my eldest son's labour. It went on for two days snd was killing me, or so I thought at the time! Lol.
    In desperation when the nurse left at one stage my first husband decided to help me out and pull the bastard out of there. Quite a relief really, but the audible snapping sound and the fact that I spent the first month of son's life in a wheelchair probably wasn't worth the relief in hindsight.

    Got better, then came off my horse Rena mid-gallop when some mongrel dog ran out of the private cane fields I was riding around. That was a long time ago, and have had trouble on and off ever since.
    Being a size 9 then helped as I had no flesh on me, but being a size 14 now probably (oh all right - definately) escalates the problem when it does decide to go on me. I find if I stay under a certain weight it holds up much better.
    Having said that, I do a **** load of manual labour that most other women feel is beneath them or impossible for them to physically do. The day this place is finished and the hard labour stops then it will probably hold up much better.

    Tramadol helps, but have to take 1/2 dosages or else I'll vomit them back up. Will look into your drug of suggestion, Occy.

    Do not believe in physiotherapists and chiropractors are literal kilers IMO. Can't stress my opinion on that one enough.
    I believe whole-heartedly in natural therapies and particularly alternative therapies, such as acupunture, heat-cups, stuff like that. Stretching also helps immensely, and ATM I am constantly over-stretching my left sciatica to try and release the pressure. It is working.
    I also find that swearing and mumbling atrocious language that would make a sailor blush helps me greatly when i am at the pinnacle of my pain.

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    Hmm physio gave me a whole lot of lower back strengthening exercises that proved to me that my lower back is weak as. However I still lift my 21kg puppy daily.

    I like sleeping on a futon - which is like sleeping on a well insulated floor. Yoga is good. But I don't do it much either. I think there is a local group I should go find out what they do. There's yoga and competitive flexibility show offs - so it pays to find a class that isn't into pretzel shapes for the hell of it.

    There was a thing on the radio about surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve channel - and the different methods and vaguely - how crap doctors are at picking patients who will benefit as opposed to persistant whingers who won't benefit from that type of surgery. Not to say the persistant whingers don't have pain or deserve treatment but you shouldn't pester/threaten a doctor into doing surgery that he suggests won't help.

    Spinal surgery - Health Report - 28 December 2009

    I think I'd wait a few more years (several hundred ops) for putting my hand up for this. However I don't have the right symptoms mostly to make it worth while. I put occasional twinges that go down my shoulder to my fingers to a variation of RSI and too much typing.

    I get lower back pain and foot pain from standing up too long, or walking too long. I can handle about 2 hours of walking around shops before bits of me begin to hurt. Bizarrely - I can play and umpire hockey all day, and sure it hurts - all over usually - but I can keep going. Nothing like a small white ball to chase and belt around...

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    Disney, have you ever alternated constantly between the hot water bottle (or heat-pack) treatment and ice, instead?

    Works VERY differently to just using heat, I must say. Only recently changed to that way, and this time the relief has been different and faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Disney, have you ever alternated constantly between the hot water bottle (or heat-pack) treatment and ice, instead?

    Works VERY differently to just using heat, I must say. Only recently changed to that way, and this time the relief has been different and faster.
    Hmm better try that. Thanks DA!

    Tramadol doesn't do a damn thing for me. Only thing that really helps is that green sucky thing in ambulances or morphine. I take Mersyndol Forte and Panadeine Forte regularly but.

    DA I'm sorry...But how you broke your back is ****ing hilarious. I'd expect that on Friends.

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    Ummm...disney...on friends what? NFI.

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    I didn't break my back - it was my coxic thingy. You know, the little ducky thing at the top of your butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Ummm...disney...on friends what? NFI.
    Friends. The TV show.

    Yeah, I have a tumor in my coxic, so I know the pain you mention. It's bloody awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Friends. The TV show.

    Yeah, I have a tumor in my coxic, so I know the pain you mention. It's bloody awful.
    Oh. Ok. Don't watch TV, that's why I had NFI, sorry.

    Disney, if memory serves me correctly, you are very young, so how long have you coped with a tumour in the coxic? FFS, that's a bum deal for you.

    What is the verdict for the future if I may so ask without offending or appearing nosey. I am genuinely concerned.

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