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]
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?
YANMD. I've started having a new kind of back pain in the morning. Any thoughts/tips? Details inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Help me back up offsite the huge files I'm generating in my new voluntary role (c. 5Gb per session)! [more inside]
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]
Walking is making my back hurt. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
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]
Why do the backs of my legs tingle when I'm scared? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me work out the cause of joint pain over the last two weeks. [more inside]
Help needed for a friend who is experiencing intermittent pain in his rib cage. [more inside]
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?
Back injury = drugs, discs, and MRIs?? Oh my! [more inside]
My posture has become even worse (if that's possible)! How can I improve it? [more inside]
Weight lifters/sedentary employees; after a lower-back injury, did you ever feel the same? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Anyone know what interest rate that the IRS charges on back taxes? Can't find this info anywhere. Thanks.
Help! Will anything stop a back spasm coming on after a likely trigger? [more inside]
Tips/ideas for abdominal muscle exercises that won't exacerbate back pain in someone prone to it? [more inside]
How can I help my energetic baby to walk, without breaking my back?! [more inside]
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.
Why does my back always hurt when doing the dishes? [more inside]
My backpack is crushing my sciatic nerve. I'd like that to stop. [more inside]
Where should I start - a chiropractor, a sports massage, an orthopedist, acupuncture or what? [more inside]
Your favourite 'Back' and 'Return' songs. Music fans - hit me! [more inside]
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).