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Debunking Dr John Sarno / TMS / Healing Back Pain

Can someone help me understand or explain why there seem to be so many people (including many on the green) who have claimed to have been helped by Dr Sarno's books and his whole 'TMS' diagnosis? I just read the book, and it seems like complete quackery, especially in his advice around herniated lumbar discs. What gives? [more inside]
posted by sxtrumpeto on Jun 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Where is my Mac (and maybe my iphone?) hiding stuff I may need?

Tomorrow is my last day at a job I’ve been at for years. For all that time, the company has owned my only computer and my only phone. Much of what’s on both is the company’s, and of course I’ll leave that behind. There are some personal documents that I know are mine, and I know how to keep them. Is there other stuff tucked away on the Mac or the iPhone that I may want to keep? What, and how? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on May 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Random flank spasm: is it really my hamstrings?

You are neither my doctor nor my trainer. But for the past week and a half I've had random transitory (<1 second) spasming pains (3/10) in my right flank/kidney area. My trainer says it's just tight hamstrings and is working with me to stretch them. Should I adopt a wait and see attitude to see if it really is my hamstrings, or should I be calling the doctor? [more inside]
posted by Somnambulista on Apr 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Looking for a recliner to deal with lower back pain and spasms

I think I need a recliner ASAP. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Mar 17, 2016 - 8 answers

How does a desk potato get comfortable typing all day?

I have finally gotten over the initial stasis of PhD dissertation writing. Now that my brain came around to the idea of writing and reading all day, my body is protesting: achy back, tight legs, sore wrists. Tips/tricks/recommendations/links to ergonomic chair, pretty please? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Feb 1, 2016 - 16 answers

How do I navigate the break-up with my first and only love (at age 30)

After having gone through cancer and mental illness together, the love of my life and I are on the verge of splitting up for good. How can I best try to salvage the relationship? Details below. [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Jan 27, 2016 - 35 answers

Most of the time I am sometimes reliable

I work in a call centre and sometimes have to schedule call backs. I'd say that 90% of the time I manage to call customers back when I say I will, but the other 10% of the time I call too late or early or forget completely until I have left the office. How can I work out a system that will make me more reliable? Details inside [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Jan 25, 2016 - 15 answers

Bad back. Two small kids. Winter Weather. Professional Job. What shoes?

I'm going back to work after having my second child. This time I have a back prone to injury. I'm looking for stylish, comfortable footwear suitable for dropping the kids off at school and daycare during the winter, and also wearing with work clothes in a professional environment. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Dec 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Strategy for being bedridden from back muscle spasms

Help! I have been stuck immobile for 9 hours due to lower back spasms. I anticipate another day of the same tomorrow except without husband at my beck and call. What can we do to best prepare me? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Nov 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Got my back?

I'm experiencing a persistent dull ache on the left side of my lower back. How do I make it get better and prevent it from spreading? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Nov 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Using Publisher 2010 booklet, insert jpg into back of front cover?

For a 70 page booklet( size 8.5 by 5, approximately) using Publisher 2010, which is formatted into four pages spreads for the body, how do I insert a .jpg file into the back of the front cover? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Nov 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Paying IRS LLC Back Taxes, please help!

So, I'm trying to pay the filing fees online that I never got around to. The personal tax account I made, my business tax ID number is attached to as well, HOWEVER, it's not indicating that I owe anything. I looked everywhere on the site menu to see how I can pay and it says I owe nothing (I owe a lot, even with no sales). Tax man is after me and I don't know what to do, please help! I'm in NY.
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Nov 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Back injury and pain

Last week my wife fell out of our hammock and hit her upper back against the ground-level metal bar of the hammock stand. Seven days later, she is still in constant pain, but x-rays of cervical spine came up with no fractures, and there's no visible bruising. Her primary care physician prescribed bed rest to go with her previously-prescribed ibuprofen and flexeril for MS. Do you have any other suggestions to help her manage the pain and recover?
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 2, 2015 - 5 answers

How to treat notalgia paresthetica

Itching-burning between scapula, usually at some defined spot but sometimes covering or referring the unwanted sensation over a greater area of the midback. Wiki notalgia paresthetica. I have tried many things with no success. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Oct 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Stories about Women who are Fighting Sexual Predators

Hey Brilliant People, happy Monday! I'm looking for film, tv, novel, play, etc. examples of women heros who are fighting against sexual predators especially ones who are doing it in secret? Like super heros! Can anyone think of a character like that? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 14, 2015 - 25 answers

Signed a contract to remodel house a few days ago. Can I back out?

I got a quote to remodel part of my house a few days ago. I signed a handwritten contract in my home. I just got a MUCH lower bid on it. Can I back out of the first contract? [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 answers

What kind of doctor should I see?

I have osteoarthritis in my low back. I've seen a physiatrist who specializes in the spine, and I like him, but he's not very communicative. I would like to see someone else, but I'm not sure who. [more inside]
posted by gigondas on Jun 23, 2015 - 1 answer

Good USB headphone adapter - or other solution?

I have a computer with a headphone jack on the back. Is there a good way to plug in headphones from the front - USB or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Birth control is driving me up the wall.

Can the Mirena IUD cause joint/back/neck pain, sore tendons, or clicking joints? A great deal of elaboration within. [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Jun 3, 2015 - 15 answers

How to beat back ongoing back pain

Me-fites with past back pain experience: if you've experienced multiple episodes of back pain but have managed to conquer it after all, how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on May 4, 2015 - 32 answers

What's a comfortable recliner for a tall person?

I would like to relax, read, and watch movies in a nice chair, rather than my bed. I'm looking for a reclining armchair with lower-back support that's sized for somebody who's 6'1". [more inside]
posted by Renegade Duck on Mar 31, 2015 - 6 answers

A young family in possession of a back yard must be in want of some toys

We (parents and 2 boys ages 4 and 16 months), recently relocated from an apartment with no outdoor space to a house with a backyard. A couple of months in, the joys of simply running in circles are finally wearing off. What outdoor toys/equipment can we get for the kids that will maximize everyone's fun? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Mar 23, 2015 - 37 answers

Fix my back in Austin

I was diagnosed with bulging L4/L5 discs with spondylolysis and stenosis. Doctor convinced me to get epidural / facet injections. After the shots, I started getting very bad sciatica ( I think its sciatica ). I could hardly stand in the shower. Before the shots I was running half marathons. Now I can't run at all. I can't lift heavy things. Only walking makes it feel better. Its been six months with no improvement. The quality of my life is way worse than it was before. What happened post injection? Can anyone recommend a good back doctor / orthopedist in Austin?
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 29, 2014 - 5 answers

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

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