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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

How do you apply lotion/medications to your back?

How do you apply lotion/medications to your back? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Apr 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Mindfulness-based back pain--help!

I've recently started doing a sitting meditation, and when I do it in a cross-legged position sitting on a cushion, I'm having pain and sort of a numbness in my right mid back. I don't want to stop doing the sitting meditation--I'm finding it easier to meditate in a sitting position--but it hurts, and I'm worried I'm going to injure myself. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Mar 30, 2012 - 25 answers


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

Back pain from lifting/bending over -- help!

I appeared to have developed a bad back here in my 20s. What can I do? Will it get better and how? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Mar 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Sciatica - be gone!

What is your best advice for long term management of sciatica? What exercises can I do to minimize the possibility of recurrence? What movements or habits should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Mar 3, 2012 - 4 answers


Do I need a a doctor, chiropractor, or morphine dealer? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Feb 24, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me fix my iPhone4

I'm looking to replace the back glass panel of my iPhone 4. The options seem to be cheap ($2-$10) options from Amazon, or $80 from iFixIt. I'm mostly interested in the quality of the glass covering the lens. Mine is tremendously scratched, rendering my camera useless. I'd prefer to not pay $80, but I also don't trust the $2 knock-offs from Amazon. I've heard that the cheap ones have very crappy lens coverings - essentially just plastic wrap, not clear glass at all. Any advice on getting a quality rear backing at a decent price?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Feb 21, 2012 - 14 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

How do I not look pregnant?

How do I improve my posture? [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Feb 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Strange Upper Back Tingling

Strange Upper Back Tingling [more inside]
posted by telsa on Feb 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me help my SO relax her neck and back

My SO's back and neck seem to be permanently tied in knots. She doesn't seem like a tense person, but her muscles indicate otherwise. I can massage her for a while, but it only does so much for her. Can anyone give me suggestions to help her relax her back and neck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 - 32 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

Need a crash course in ergonomics.

Advice and a crash course regarding ergonomics (and, to a lesser degree, posture) needed for a young web worker with a Macbook Pro and some signs of RSI. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jan 16, 2012 - 13 answers

What kind of doctor should I see about my sore neck and back?

What kind of doctor should I see about my neck and back pain? I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve or muscular. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jan 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Botox for back pain

Have you had Botox injections for back/neck spasms and pain? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jan 14, 2012 - 2 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

Help! I think twisted my back out of alignment again after a chiropractic adjustment and they're closed for the weekend!

Help! I think twisted my back out of alignment again after a chiropractic adjustment and they're closed for the weekend! Also, any advice about constant lower back pain? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Oct 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Bent but not broken, cracked but not croakin'?

Yesterday, as I was bending over to plug something in, I sneezed really hard and popped about 4 vertebrae all at once right in the middle of my back. Right in the spot where I carry all my tension. It felt absolutely amazing and a little dangerous. Is it possible to safely and regularly replicate that release of tension on my own, say once a day? How?
posted by carsonb on Sep 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Best way to remove back hair in 2011?

Best way to remove back hair in 2011? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2011 - 12 answers

My mother never told me to stand up straight.

How do you improve your posture as an adult after a lifetime of slouching? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 1, 2011 - 33 answers

Back pain and fun exercises for prevention

Help me prevent long term low pack pain/sprains with activities more fun than typical stretching and exercise. [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on Aug 22, 2011 - 6 answers

What would you do if you felt you were the subject of untrue gossip?

What would you do if you feel you're being gossiped about? [more inside]
posted by Fenshwee on Aug 19, 2011 - 25 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

Alexander or Acupuncture?

If you've tried Alexander technique or acupuncture for neck or back pain, did they work? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jul 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Help with back pain

I'm a 25 year old guy and quite tall (6'6). I often sit down for much of the workday. I also bike and walk everywhere (I don't drive). In recent weeks I've been experiencing some back pain. This evening, upon leaving work, I began experiencing the worst sustained back pain I've ever felt. Hard to bend over, painful to walk, or do much of anything. It has been hurting for 3 hours now. I'm going to call the doc tomorrow, but does anyone know of a good mattress to buy for such an ailment? (Mine is awful, sags in the middle, etc.) Or anything else I can do?
posted by LeonBernstein on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

get deposit on house back

Are we entitled to our deposit for a house we put an offer on but canceled the sale due to the electrical wiring? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Jul 8, 2011 - 13 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

Football virgin! Help!

I'm going to be a sophomore in high school, and I wanna play football for the first time. What do I need, and what should I expect? Practice starts in 6 weeks. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Jun 30, 2011 - 11 answers

How to correct exaggerated spine curvature

For those of you who have had success with treating kyphosis and the like: I have postural kyphosis. I do a lot of muscle exercises and stretching to correct my posture and have actually gained 1.5 inches in height but my spine still has a very exaggerated curve. I think I have the muscular side covered but are there any skeletal manipulations I could be doing ie. chiro adjustments that will help lessen the exaggerated curvature? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Jun 27, 2011 - 4 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 did I do to my back?

Help! I think I seriously messed up my back. About a week ago, I jumped on a giant indoor trampoline and since then my back has been really bothering me. It's my mid-back, hurts most when I walk, run, or jump. It doesn't feel like the muscle. Should I see a regular doctor? Chiropractor? Is there any home care that I should be doing? I am worried that it's not improving. Thanks so much!
posted by Equiprimordial on Jun 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Why does my lower back hurt?

Why does my lower back hurt and what can I do about it? I took a trip to Asia 2 days ago, and now while laying down my lower back (and hips) is incredibly painful, but other times it doesn't hurt. It feels like it's being pulled apart when I lay down in ANY position. It seemed like the plane trip is somehow what aggravated it.
posted by Patrick Leo on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Anti-fatigue Mattress?

Those anti-fatigue mats and bead seat covers really work. I guess the uneven surface keeps the muscles stimulated. Is there anything like this for a mattress or mattress cover for my bed? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on May 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Oh! My (previously) aching back!

In seven days I will be having back surgery: laminectomy, fusion, and fixation. Yesterday, I attended the "Back on Track" class that the hospital provides for those about to have surgery. They stressed the BLTPP rules: NO Bending, Leaning, Twisting, Pushing, or Pulling. What are YOUR best tips and tricks (and best kept secrets) for adhering to these rules for my next few months? PLEASE add any suggestions on how to make my life (and my wife's life!) easier during the recovery time. Any and all ideas are welcome! [Yep, I know YANMD, but I hope you have good ideas.]
posted by Drasher on May 18, 2011 - 11 answers

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