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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ouch!

Walking is making my back hurt. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by chara on Mar 28, 2012 - 17 answers

why can't i pull both my knees to my chest?

I started a new yoga class and have found that I am unable to pull my knees to my chest. No one else in the class has this problem and I'm generally fairly limber. What do you think this could be and how can I work on it? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Feb 19, 2012 - 18 answers

Why do the backs of my legs tingle when I'm afraid?

Why do the backs of my legs tingle when I'm scared? [more inside]
posted by facetious on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Too Old For A Freaking Booster Seat

Hive mind, I poll your collective wisdom to reccomend me some sort of cushion that I can use for my office chair so I can be closer to the proper height above my desk to avoid computer-related RSIs. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 14, 2011 - 12 answers

"8: I am experiencing a disturbing amount of pain. I might actually be dying. Please help."

Can you help me cope with my utterly terrible back and leg pain? I'm at my wits end, so I'm looking for any and all suggestions - physical or mental. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Dec 7, 2011 - 43 answers

What's causing my joint pain?

Help me work out the cause of joint pain over the last two weeks. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Strange pain in rib cage

Help needed for a friend who is experiencing intermittent pain in his rib cage. [more inside]
posted by katy song on Jul 4, 2011 - 7 answers

"Natural high" = good, right?

I've recently discovered that when I stretch backwards with my arms above my head while holding my breath, I sometimes get a super-trippy laughing-gassy lightheaded rush for about (no longer than) ten seconds. So: How bad is this for me? Am I killing loads of brain cells?
posted by Jonathan Harford on Jun 14, 2011 - 6 answers

What do you know about back injuries/treatments/etc?

Back injury = drugs, discs, and MRIs?? Oh my! [more inside]
posted by itsacover on May 12, 2011 - 23 answers

My friends say "omg, your outfit is so cute!...NOW STRAIGHTEN YOUR BACK!"

My posture has become even worse (if that's possible)! How can I improve it? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Mar 27, 2011 - 25 answers

Weight lifters/sedentary employees; after a lower-back injury, did you ever feel the same?

Weight lifters/sedentary employees; after a lower-back injury, did you ever feel the same? [more inside]
posted by dflemingecon on Mar 14, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me decide how to handle this accident ... Please!

Car Accident Filter: I was rear-ended this week and while I know you are not my insurance agent, doctor or my lawyer, I would greatly appreciated help on what to do next. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Dec 17, 2010 - 17 answers

You scratch my back... but only right there, please

Help me figure out if I am alone in having 'hot spots' on my back, neck and feet where I prefer to be scratched. [more inside]
posted by Encipher on Nov 24, 2010 - 17 answers

Sweetie, Mommy's incapicitated today.

I threw out my back pretty badly. My ability to move is limited to a low shuffle. I am also home with my two year old. What can I do with him today? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Oct 27, 2010 - 28 answers

You gotta be kidney me!

Lower achy back pain: something actually wrong with the spine or something with the kidneys? I know YANMD and I AM frantically trying to get an appointment, just...anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Oct 21, 2010 - 16 answers

don't fear the taxman

Anyone know what interest rate that the IRS charges on back taxes? Can't find this info anywhere. Thanks.
posted by bunny hugger on Aug 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I improve chances of spasm not occurring?

Help! Will anything stop a back spasm coming on after a likely trigger? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Steal from the back and give to the abs??

Tips/ideas for abdominal muscle exercises that won't exacerbate back pain in someone prone to it? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Apr 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Easier way to walk baby

How can I help my energetic baby to walk, without breaking my back?! [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Jan 6, 2010 - 28 answers

Can I get my money back?

The AC of my Mercedes Benz 2002 stopped working so we took it to a well known Used Car Dealership for a check up. They charge me $150.00 just for the check up and gave me an estimate of about $3,000 to fix it (basically they said all the system had to be replace it). I didn’t want to spend that kind of money so we took it one of those ‘basic repair shop’ chains and they fixed it by changing a $25.00 sensor. I want my $150.00 back, I live in Florida and don't know if I am entitled to a refund? If I am, what is the best way to ask for it? I’m pissed at them but I want to behave civilized and effective.
posted by 3dd on Aug 24, 2009 - 24 answers

BACK PAIN: I hate doing the dishes

Why does my back always hurt when doing the dishes? [more inside]
posted by bdoop21 on Aug 8, 2009 - 24 answers

My backpack is crushing my sciatic nerve

My backpack is crushing my sciatic nerve. I'd like that to stop. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Apr 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Please help me get back in the saddle!

Where should I start - a chiropractor, a sports massage, an orthopedist, acupuncture or what? [more inside]
posted by bunnycup on Feb 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Once again back is the incredible / the rhyme animal / etc etc etc

Your favourite 'Back' and 'Return' songs. Music fans - hit me! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Feb 19, 2009 - 49 answers

"Kosher" Position in Classic Meditation that Provides Full Back Support?

Are there alternatives to the lotus position for classic meditation that don't leave the back unsupported? I've found that sitting in an unsupported position, or in a chair that doesn't have a seat back, ends up making my back ache rather strongly. I've thought about investigating meditation (and looking into the more classical, early practices), but have wondered if there's a "kosher" (accepted in the discipline) way of doing the more classical meditations while having your back completely supported (by lying on the ground, or doing it in a chair, or what have you).
posted by WCityMike on Apr 24, 2008 - 17 answers

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