Do you suffer from back pain? If so, what do you do to get some relief from it?

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  1. Sushma Webber profile image84
    Sushma Webberposted 7 years ago

    Do you suffer from back pain? If so, what do you do to get some relief from it?

    I have suffered from back pain since I over-strained it while working on computers five years ago. I have tried acupuncture and other things but still have not found a solution. I am planning to do back strengthening yoga poses. Any other suggestions?

  2. profile image0
    CJ Sledgehammerposted 7 years ago

    I injured my upper-back 18 years ago while lifting weights in a gym. Two years later I injured my lower back moving heavy furniture up steep stairs.

    I do take a little pain medication now and then, but I have found massages help a little. Other than that, I still try to lift light weights to strengthen my back and keep it as flexible as can be. Best of luck to you and I hope you can recover. - C.J.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks CJ for your encouraging words. I too will try out weights and flexibility exercises.

  3. ThompsonPen profile image73
    ThompsonPenposted 7 years ago

    I'm 25 and I have already had two separate back injuries which has left me out of work for a bit. It doesn't take much for me to turn the wrong way and be down again for a couple days. The best thing I can do is take a hot epsom salt bath with lavender in it. I also have a hemp salve that I rub on the troubling spots which lends some help. It also has comfrey in it.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi ThompsonPen, I had heard about epsom salts. Sorry to hear about your back injuries. I know what you mean when you say I can be down again for a couple of day when you make a wrong move.

  4. Goody5 profile image32
    Goody5posted 7 years ago

    Believe it or not, I just finished writing a hub on a pain relief method - http://goody5.hubpages.com/hub/Q-Ray-Miracle-Bracelets and it seems to be doing the job.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Goody5. I recently heard about garments which help with increasing negative ions in the body.

  5. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 7 years ago

    i work in construction and my back hurts regularly. i don't like prescription drugs but when i get home from work and my back hurts , i smoke a bit of pot and i feel a heck of a lot better. i relax also more and it helps my back relax.

    1. profile image0
      CJ Sledgehammerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      " i smoke a bit of pot and i feel a heck of a lot better." Why am I not surprized? My friend, your personality profile is becoming a little clearer to me with each new post.  :0)

    2. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think I will be smoking pot!! Relaxing the back muscles is a good idea. I try and lie on my back with my knees bent pointing to the ceiling. I also try and do the corpse pose
      http://sushma-webber.hubpages.com/hub/C … e-Savasana

    3. nightwork4 profile image61
      nightwork4posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      CJ? why are you against pot too.you will never be clear to me.i run a successful business and have a great family but i smoke pot. i guess i'm going to your hell. darn.

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      CJ Sledgehammerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I never said you were going to Hell...you did.

    5. mtkomori profile image88
      mtkomoriposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This is an interesting debate here. Just how effective is pot (marijuana) on back pain? Did you know that it's also effective on alleviating menstrual cramps? Queen Victoria was apparently prescribed with marijuana for menstrual cramps!

    6. ThompsonPen profile image73
      ThompsonPenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have friends who apply it topically, as have I, in form of a salve. It seeps into the muscles and doesn't get a person high. It's pretty effective, especially when combined with lavender

  6. multiculturalsoul profile image84
    multiculturalsoulposted 7 years ago

    First, I lost 30 pounds. My back ached from the extra weight! Second, I invested in a MUCH better mattress/box spring. I spent three times as much as my cheap self normally would have spent, but it has paid off. And finally, I swallowed my pride and stopped acting like a 25-year-old (I'm nearly 50). I now have my strapping sons do all my heavy lifting.

    1. profile image0
      CJ Sledgehammerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Smart...smarter...and smartest yet. :0)

    2. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes I agree, losing weight would be a good idea but with the constant pain I was unable to do any exercises. I am a vegan and so don't eat dairy, meat or eggs.

  7. wtaylorjr2001 profile image67
    wtaylorjr2001posted 7 years ago

    I humbly suggest that you make sure you are well hydrated. Drink water. Practice the following until it's second nature:

    Get into the most comfortable position you can. Take a deep breath and relax as much as you are able to. This will improve with practice.

    Allow yourself to become aware of the sensation where your pain is. Allow your body to experience, to feel the pain. As you feel the sensation of pain in your body, at that certain location, imagine a ball of red light. As you see the ball of red light, allow yourself to feel the pain in your body. Continue for moment after moment feeling the sensation of pain, and seeing the red ball of light. Notice the intensity of the red ball of light as you feel the intensity of the pain in that certain place. As you look at the ball of light, and increase the brightness of the light by only a little, feel the pain in that certain location increase just a little. As you feel the increase in pain when you see this brighter light, you may begin to realize that it is possible to control your perception of pain. Increase the brightness of the light a little more and feel the corresponding pain increase a little more.

    Then decrease the brightness of the light by just a little and feel the pain decrease by just a little. Decrease the brightness again and feel the pain decrease. Keep decreasing the brightness and the pain until you get to the level of brightness and pain that you started at. And continue. Just a little bit dim the brightness of the ball, and feel your pain lessen. Continue to dim the brightness and decrease your sensation of pain.

    Practice this again and again, but be warned of one thing. When you control your pain don't eliminate it. It is a system that alerts you to a problem. Regular breaks from your computer, get up, stretch, and get exercise should help a lot.

    I believe this should help you as you practice.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks wtaylorjr2001, I will try this out.

  8. old albion profile image67
    old albionposted 7 years ago

    Hi Sushma. I am 68 and speak from experience. When you go to bed at night, put three pillows under your legs below your knees so that they are bent upwards. This lifts the weight from your lower back and releases muscle tension through the night. You will soon get used to the pillows under your legs, after two or three nights I think you will notice a difference. Please try it, it's free and it works.
    Good Luck.
    Graham.

    1. tandaa profile image63
      tandaaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Have you tried 'water therapy'?
      drinking 1 litre of water every morning the first thing when you wake up before you do anything else. Then stay for 45min-1hour before your breakfast. I tried this and it helped alot.

    2. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Grahama and tandaa, thanks for your suggestions about the pillows and water therapy? I usually forget to drink water. I tried the pillow under my knees some days ago. Will try it again.

  9. profile image48
    ilmiguyposted 7 years ago

    yoga is good.. but i will give you a very natural advice. Before going to bed, drink one glass of HOT milk. do it for one week. and let me know

    1. ftclick profile image55
      ftclickposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Be careful, some yoga poses are not recommended at all when you have back problems as it can aggravate it more.

  10. artist101 profile image27
    artist101posted 7 years ago

    I just wrote a blog about a new product that just came out. It works on the same principal as the yoga ball, except that it is more stable.http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8802968684807894443#editor/target=post;postID=4272254583095784247 Water, b complex, and light streching also help. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, as it calms inflammatory conditions and is very healing to tendons, and will help to calm the muscle tension. I eventually had to go to a chiropractor, and get muscle relaxers to get it to calm down. For other measures, and recommendations:
    http://artist101.hubpages.com/hub/Natur … ney-Stones
    Inflammation Treatment, Breaking the Common Thread of Inflammatory Conditions. Natural Pain Relief

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks artist101, yes proper nutrition will help with all the minerals, especially magnesium. Thanks for the reminder.

    2. artist101 profile image27
      artist101posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      you are welcome

  11. mtkomori profile image88
    mtkomoriposted 7 years ago

    For me, acupuncture has helped. But it took a few months to alleviate the back pain which I've had for over 3 years.

  12. ftclick profile image55
    ftclickposted 7 years ago

    You have to walk more, while walking tighten your stomach muscles for 5 seconds and do this in intervals. Your lower back muscles are weak and unfortunately as we age it lets you know in the form of pain. I found this out with a herniated disc but I always did exercise even though it has decreased over the years.
    Plus, I was showing off to my kid that I could still do a certain pilates pose that brought nerve pain to my whole left leg and then kaboom! no more walking, just holding onto walls to get to other rooms. sitting was the worst pain so bathroom breaks were just overwhelming. You don't ever want this pain. take care of it now. Good luck.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi ftclick, thanks for your answer. It is really helpful. I make sure not to lift anything heavy.

  13. viewfinders profile image68
    viewfindersposted 7 years ago

    just stand up and do some massage or do simple yoga steps

  14. profile image0
    mayank786posted 7 years ago

    i dont have such type of problem but my dad have so when he suffer from back pain he use some good ointment prescribed by doctor and take relief.

  15. Ashli Eker profile image68
    Ashli Ekerposted 7 years ago

    Hi Sushama,

    It is sad to hear that you have back pain. Remember, you now have a back injury for life! So you have to maintain whatever you choose to treat it on a regular basis.

    I have two slip disks  - I got them at the age of 19. Whatever you do, DO NOT GET AN OPERATION. The best thing to do is strengthen your core muscles (abdominal muscles). The reason for this is because you want your stomach working to support your back, and not your back muscles spasm-ing under the weight of your body.

    Also, you want to be using the correct muscles. This is why I started pilates. I am learning how to walk, breathe and move again.

    Yoga is also a good way of treating back injury HOWEVER you must be careful that you find a teacher that will be able to look after you properly and has a deep understanding of back injuries - not someone who did a month-long course.

    Just be careful in your movements - and don't try to be superman -don't lift ANYTHING smile

    Hope this helps.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Ashli Eker, I will definitely bear your points in mind. There is a pilates studio near by. maybe I will make enquiries.

    2. Ashli Eker profile image68
      Ashli Ekerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You won't regret it !!! smile

  16. J. Biaza profile image59
    J. Biazaposted 7 years ago

    Back pain, the plague of so many people young and old.  I think if we knew and understood our backs and what causes pain, we would take care of our backs so much better.  Yes, I have back pain, and no I haven't found a solution.  There are just good days and not so good days. 
    Keep moving, exercise correctly, know the signs of your back and when you are stressing it. 
    Keep family and friends at hand, because nothing is better than having some help during those bad back days.
    Have a blessed day.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi J. Biaza, sorry to see you too are suffering. Yes you are right about good days and bad days. Will keep it in mind and also watch out for what causes the stress.

  17. sleepylog profile image61
    sleepylogposted 7 years ago

    Yoga will help strengthen your back muscles as well as improve your range of movement. Ibuprofen tablets taken over several days can also help as they have an anti-inflammatory action, you may have to take a few doses before you notice any results, so don't give up on them if you don't experience relief right away. Don't take them for more than a couple of weeks and don't exceed the recommended dosage on the pack. There are also a few contra-indications so check with your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking them.

    Hot and cold therapy can also help, basically where you alternate between applying hot packs and cold packs to the affected area. You should be able to find some information online about how to best do this.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      yes I have been reading on how best to deal with it and am going to try yoga again. The physio has already given me some exercises that have helped to relieve the pain.

    2. sleepylog profile image61
      sleepylogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's great, I'm glad they're working for you. All the best with it.

  18. Ciel Clark profile image77
    Ciel Clarkposted 7 years ago

    Whenever I get a back spasm from lifting or a sudden movement, lying on the floor on a tennis ball seems to relax the pinched muscle.  (Position the tennis ball under the sore spot and roll gently, relaxing into the pain).  For pain from sitting too long in one position I would recommend yoga stretches-- downward facing dog, + cat/cow.
    The tennis ball thing though is something i wouldn't have thought of, but is amazing and can turn a couple of weeks of pain into only a day or two.

    1. Sushma Webber profile image84
      Sushma Webberposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Ciel Clark for your suggestions.

 
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