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Knee/lower back pillows for sleeping?

My back is arching while sleeping (well, arching all the time actually). I'm currently doing what I can stretch-wise to try and help the problem, but I often wake up in pain. The arch makes me sore - my lower back never touches the bed. I've been told pillows for my knees/lower back would help. What knee/lower back pillows have you tried that helped relieve the pressure on your lower back? I'll probably be purchasing from Amazon.
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jun 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Old guy has lots of pains..can you suggest help?

a series of issues giving me lots of annoying pains making me feel awful...Help me feel better [more inside]
posted by Postroad on May 8, 2014 - 18 answers

My back hurts.

I've had a lot of pain in my lower back for the last five days or so. There's no obvious cause that I can think of but it seems to be getting worse, not better. It's at the point now where standing up is taxing, even after taking ibuprofen. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on May 5, 2014 - 25 answers

Back pain rest or stretch?

Pulled a muscle in my lower back. Should I rest or stretch/exercise it? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Employer reveals they've been inadvertently underpaying me for years

Due to an accounting error, my employer has not been paying me my full salary for the last several years. I'm in sales, and I get paid on commission, so my paycheck fluctuates month to month - I never even noticed my paycheck was always secretly slightly less than what it should have been. My employer just discovered their error and told me immediately. Which I hugely respect. We have a good employment relationship and we'd all like it to continue. They're saying they now owe me about $145k plus interest, and are prepared to write me a check, but they know this raises some tax issues for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2014 - 20 answers

How can alleviate this sudden back pain?

I have this really awful nerve-y kind of pain in my back right now that seems to be aggravated by sitting down too long. [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Mar 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain every night with no explanation from doctors. Looking for explanation. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Mar 15, 2014 - 14 answers

back to work - breast vs formula

My 6 week old daughter will be starting daycare next month (at 2.5 months old) - what should she eat at daycare? We are currently breastfeeding, I don't really want to stop, but there are some major logistical issues with pumping at work.. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Feb 21, 2014 - 33 answers

Exercise video recommendations for lame 30-somethings with sore backs?

I'm looking for a couple good exercise videos that will help me increase my core strength and then hopefully alleviate my lower back pain. My abs have been weak ever since I had a baby, and now that said baby is a 25 pound squirming mass of toddler muscle, I have pretty chronic back pain from constantly picking him up and hauling him around. I'm looking for a video that I can do in my basement after the kiddo goes to bed, and one that requires minimal equipment. I've taken pilates classes in the past and liked it - yoga was always kind of boring to me, but I'm willing to try it out again. The DVD selections at my local library trend toward senior citizen chair exercise videos, so any specific video recommendations would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Feb 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Slipped down stairs and hurt my back, what is my best plan for tomorrow?

A few hours ago I slipped and fell down half a flight of stairs, injuring my back. How important is it that I see a doctor? Is there anything I can do to make going into work tomorrow less terrible? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Jan 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Negotiating Back Taxes Down?

So, in a nutshell here's the situation: I owe a significant amount of back taxes, and have the ability to pay - but want to see if it's possible to negotiate a lesser amount. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Knot helping

Muscle pain in my back and chest is making day-to-day activities painful. Help me get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Dec 5, 2013 - 20 answers

I think my back is dying.

I have been having some really really terrible back pain lately and I need to know roughly what it might be and what kind of doctor person I should see about it and what I can do in the meantime so that I don't end up defenestrating myself in order to escape it. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me nurse myself back (sorry) to health.

I have been suffering for some time with an extruded disc in my lower back, and am scheduled for surgery (discectomy) on Monday morning. I'll be off work for 6 weeks, and will be staying with my Mum in my hometown until I'm well. I am hoping for suggestions on how to best help my physical recovery, and also to stop myself being bored out of my brain. [more inside]
posted by outoftime on Oct 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Did your back get better?

So I've been at least preliminarily diagnosed with a herniated disk at the L5-S1 level. This is after a couple months of back and leg pain and an attempt to treat it with oral Prednisone. The Prednisone worked for a few days while I was on it but the pain came back after the course was over. Yesterday, I went back to my GP and he gave me the diagnosis and referred me to a neurologist and is arranging for an MRI. My question is: have you been through this, what was your treatment and how did it go? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Lower Right Back/Side Pain Every Morning

Other than having a bad mattress or sleeping in a weird position ... is there any potentially serious medical condition that would cause me to wake up every morning with pain in my lower right back/side? The pain wakes me up every morning (usually after about 6 hours of sleep). It goes away after I have been up and moving around for 30 minutes or so. Note: I do have a small tear in my rotator cuff - I'm wondering if I'm compensating for the shoulder issue and sleeping in a funny position?
posted by tmharris65 on Aug 30, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I start running even though I have disc problems

It's been a few years since I had an MRI but I have two degenerated discs that give me problems now and then. What do I need to do to start running for exercise? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Aug 25, 2013 - 11 answers

My back hurts. Make it stop. I'm going to be grumpy until it stops.

I've been doing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution for the past couple months and my back has gotten progressively worse during Phase II to the point I'm now regressing and can't do exercises I previously could. What do I need to be doing differently to protect my back? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Aug 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Back pain in the morning?

YANMD. I've started having a new kind of back pain in the morning. Any thoughts/tips? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kybard on Aug 4, 2013 - 9 answers

where can I buy a standing desk in the UK?

I want to buy a standing desk, and I am willing to spend money on it. It doesn't seem possible to find the model I want in the UK. I'd also like to actually try the product before I buy it. Is there some kind of standing desk showroom I can actually visit (preferably, in London)? Do you have any other model recommendations? Details of search and criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Jul 21, 2013 - 1 answer

Back Filter: Support me night and day

I've a problem with my back which I've asked about previously. I'm seeing a physiotherapist who has given me some advice about supporting it. First, to wear supportive shoes, and second, to sleep using an extra pillow for support. Can you help me out with both of these, fellow sufferers? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Jul 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Degree in market research with no math background? Quickly and cheaply?

Could I get a master's degree in market research or market analysis, even with a poor foundation in math? How long would that take? And could I qualify for any scholarships or anything to do it for cheap or free? (It might be a wild fantasy, but I have to ask.) Basically, I want to be that person that helps organizations target their advertising and campaigns in an impactful way by analyzing consumer behavior and consumer demographics. Details below: [more inside]
posted by peachpie on Jun 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me identify this back pain

I had a baby a few months ago, and all of the sudden I can't sleep through the night without having excruciating back pain. YANMD, but I have never had serious back pain before and don't know really know where to start. New mattress? Chiropractor? Physical therapy? Stop getting older? Some more details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Baby got (a bad) back. What next?

I've been diagnosed with a moderate to large disc extrusion of the L4-L5 disc. It's been causing me pain for nearly a year so I'm glad to finally get a reason. Next step treatment but I'm nervous. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on May 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me avoid developing a bad back

My dad's back is so bad that some days he can hardly move. I'm 46 and mine is just now starting to hurt. What can I do now to avoid crippling pain 30 years from now? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Apr 16, 2013 - 28 answers

Relax take it eeeeasy

How do you keep your back, neck and shoulders relaxed? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 13, 2013 - 10 answers

How to cure subcutaneous itch/burn in my back?

How to cure subcutaneous itch/burn in my back? Yep, I've had it for years but it's worse and more frequent recently. Between the shoulder blades. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Mar 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Why do old people have a hump in their back?

Can someone explain why old age or bone loss causes older people to have a hump in their upper back or neck? I think its called dowager’s hump.
posted by john123357 on Feb 21, 2013 - 16 answers

North Londoners - tell me your back/neck pain witchdoctors

I've had recurring severe pain in my upper back and neck for the last four years. I don't know what to do next. Several years ago my brother saw a physiotherapist-type dude (other side of the country sadly or I'd be beating his door down) who cured his crippling shoulder pain. Do you know of someone in North London who can do this for me? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Feb 20, 2013 - 1 answer

What is this? A kitchen for ANTS??

I'm 6'5". It recently dawned on me that the reason I hate doing the dishes isn't due to my fundamental laziness, but because scrubbing dishes while bent over for half an hour really does a number on my back. What have you, fellow tall person, changed around your kitchen (and the rest of your home) to make it more accommodating to the vertically advantaged? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Feb 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Soothe my back, stop the clicking

I'm a mid-30s female, and I am finding my back is becoming less and flexible over the years while my core and upper body are getting weaker. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jan 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Put your back into it!

If it's bad to "lift with your back, not with your legs", then is it bad to do back hyperextensions on a roman chair with weights? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Dec 10, 2012 - 15 answers

The Second Most Important Seat in the House

Tall Person Furniture Filter: Help me find a recliner! [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Dec 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Back pain between shoulder blades

I am a 47 year old female & have a office job where I sit at a computer all day. I started having back pain in my middle back right between my shoulder blades after lifting some boxes down from a high shelf about a month ago. I have always noticed my lower back is curved, if I stand up against a wall I can not press my lower back against it. When I exercise doing pilates I really have to concentrate on keeping my lower back pressed down and not arching. I bought a lumbar back support cushion for my office chair so I can sit back and have support in my lower back. What kind of exercises could I do to help with this constant ache in my back?
posted by just asking on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

How to get good good looking skin for men? Suffering from dry skin and back acne.

What's a daily mens skin care routine to have good looking skin? Also how do I get rid of back acne for men? I have had it for years and nothing seems to be working. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Nov 23, 2012 - 30 answers

Squat injury

What kind of doc or therapist should I seek about my weightlifting lower back injury? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Nov 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me not hate my new Aeron chair

Due to long-standing back/shoulder/neck pain, I received an Aeron chair at work a couple of months ago. It has helped in one way (namely, the armrests can be adjusted lower than any other chair I've had, which has helped my shoulders) but otherwise has completely aggravated my lower and mid-back pain. Help me figure out a hack so that I can actually sit at my desk for longer than 10 minutes at a time without going nuts. [more inside]
posted by scody on Oct 16, 2012 - 23 answers

What might be causing round marks on an Asian or Asian-American woman's back?

At the gym over the past few months, I have seen a few Asian or Asian-American 60-something women with their backs covered with 1.5-inch - diameter circular marks. Does anyone know what may have caused these marks? Are they the result of a medical condition? A medical treatment? A common injury or abuse? The largest Asian-American population here is Korean. The marks are varying in intensity, so it looks like they occurred over a period of time.
posted by jaguar on Sep 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Chicken versus egg versus back pain

Back pain and swallowing difficulty - is the shoulder pain causing the swallowing situation or the other way around? Your experience wanted as I wait for my doctor visit. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 31, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I get offsite backup for the 5gb data a day my library volunteer role generates?

Help me back up offsite the huge files I'm generating in my new voluntary role (c. 5Gb per session)! [more inside]
posted by pyotrstolypin on Aug 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Crack my back

Hi Sometimes my back and neck gets so tight that I think this would be useful. Please let me know if anyone has had any experience with this kind of back popping. Anyone aware of this service being offered in the Houston area would be really helpful
posted by Noodles on Aug 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain?

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jul 23, 2012 - 10 answers

I broke up with my girlfriend but I am so confused. Should I get back with her?

Broke up with my gf and I don't know what to make of my feelings. should I get back with her? Should I just move on ? Should I go no contact? [more inside]
posted by hildegarde89 on Jun 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Is it my arthritis or doctor insanity?

YANAD - On tonight's episode - Back Pain, specialist claims it's osteoarthritis, but I am 37 and have absolutely zero history in my family (even extended) is he wrong? What else could it be? Minor snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on May 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Hip pain causes scoliosis? How do I fix it??

How can I fix this muscle strain that is giving me scoliosis (?) [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on May 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Back together or bust?

My fiance's parents moved back in together after almost 17 years of being divorced. I know it's really none of my business, but still I'm curious: has anybody else had parents that got back together after a long time apart, or has anybody done this themselves? How'd it go? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on May 16, 2012 - 19 answers

I need a Torg-Over.

I have a bad back, which I think arises due to a combination of 1) weak core muscles; 2) extremely tight hamstrings; and 3) bad posture. I would be very grateful for any tips for addressing these issues. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 30, 2012 - 27 answers

I feel like someone punched me in the back

I've been suffering muscle soreness/stiffness in my back for almost two months now. I thought it was related to walking (see my previous question), I've reduced my walking to almost zero and the pain persists. What could possibly be causing this and how can I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by chara on Apr 24, 2012 - 14 answers

Give me [a] back [to] my couch!

We have a dream... to rearrange our media room so that the couch is not against the wall. The problem? It's this sofa, and the cushions do fall off after a few minutes of relaxed sitting, despite being weighted. We considered putting a heavy piece of furniture behind it, but that's not ideal as it takes up all the wonderful space we are trying to get back. Can you help us add a back to our couch? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Apr 20, 2012 - 15 answers

To push or not to push?

YANMP (perinatologist) and I will call them but first can someone describe what back labor feels like? [more inside]
posted by ramix on Apr 13, 2012 - 16 answers

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