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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

Step = ow!

What can I do for my lower back pain while I'm traveling in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by ManyNinjas on Nov 22, 2010 - 7 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

Gentle strengthening exercises

I'm after some exercises to strengthen my legs and lower back. [more inside]
posted by humpy on Oct 25, 2010 - 15 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

back seeks stable lying

I am suffering through Insufferable Mattress Syndrome and it's taking a toll on my back. I am doing downward-facing dog and some other back-happy yoga routines morning and night but it doesn't seem to be really helping. Can anyone suggest a mattress topper that would offer a little more oomph for a single bed that is also available in Great Britain? I can't get rid of the mattress...
posted by parmanparman on Oct 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me get my back back.

Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Streches for the lowest of the lower back

I have the wrong kind of tight ass. Please help it. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Lower back pain + new week-long teaching gig. Help?

Intense lower back pain, and he's going to be flying out of town and standing all day (teaching) in a relatively new job all next week. It's Saturday, and he leaves for Rochester tomorrow. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Sep 11, 2010 - 27 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

Why do I have to have two MRI's?

I need an MRI of both my lower back and my left knee. The lady in scheduling told me I will have to be in the MRI for 40 minutes for my back, and then I'll come out and then have to go right back in for another 40 minutes for my knee. This doesn't seem right. Why can't I stay in the MRI machine for 40 minutes and then have my back and knee imaged at the same time? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 14, 2010 - 9 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

DO WANT. Now what?

How can I back up my save files on my 360 so I can transfer them to a new console? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 on Jun 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Should I get another bachelors degree?

I have a bachelors degree in philosophy. I wasn't a great student. My career path seems to be boring and unpredictable. I want a job where I can use my brain and be a part of pushing the world into a techno-utopia. Do I need a new bachelors degree? How will the admissions process go for me? How can I prove to myself that I can do my degree well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Have you had any experience with herniated disc back surgery? What should I expect?

Hey everybody, I asked about my leg pain/sciatica and got a lot of helpful answers last time. This is a followup on the same topic. I recently got an MRI back that says I have "There is a large extradural mass extending posterior to the L4-5 or L5-S1 intervertebral discs most likely L5-S1. This likely reflects an extruded disc fragment from a disc herniation. There is extensive effacement of the right S-1 nerve root. This extends up to the level of the L4-5 disc. Diffuse central disc bulging is present at L3-4. No compression fractures or other bony abnormalities are identified." My chiropractor said that I have the next to worse kind of herniated disc and that it is "leaking" and putting pressure on the nerve. He was anti-surgery last time, but after seeing the MRI said that is pretty much my only treatment option at this point for relief. I am having horrible leg pain and am on pain killers pretty consistently. I am mildly freaked out about surgery, but I need to get back on track with my life. Please help me get a better understanding if you have any experience. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 on Jun 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Oh! my back

Help me find a doctor in Seattle to go to about my back pain. Difficulty: someone covered by my Premera Blue Cross insurance. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on May 16, 2010 - 7 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

Got my back?

I just threw my lower back out picking up my baby. Lots of pain in the lower back generally. Didn't hear a pop...it just seemed like my muscles seized up suddenly. This has never happened to me before, and need information on what I need to be doing. [more inside]
posted by murrey on Apr 15, 2010 - 25 answers

Thunderbird emails being replied to wrong address

Email replies going to a different address than the one sent from in Thunderbird. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Mar 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Can I fix my upper back?

How do I heal my upper back? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Mar 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me get a gorgeous upper body

Help me fix my ugly back and upper arms. And gosh why are these pushups killing my lower back? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Mar 7, 2010 - 16 answers

passive or idiot-proof posture improvement?

I have bad posture, but I'm not sure how to get it right. Looking for passive or idiot-proof tools/tricks for posture improvement. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 16, 2010 - 33 answers

turned on tingles

My lower back tingles when I get turned on or frightened; does yours? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Feb 11, 2010 - 27 answers

How can I use a desktop computer while lying down?

How can I use a desktop computer while lying down in order to avoid severe back pain? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Feb 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Please help me find this magazine article

Where can I find an online edition of a Cycle World magazine article without ordering a copy of the entire magazine from the archive? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jan 21, 2010 - 2 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

Mac photo backup to jump drive

I have a low end MacBook with Tiger OS. I have some 2500 photos that I want to back up on a flash/jump drive. I can't seem to do it. I can back up to a disk but not the jump drive. The jump drive is a Kingston and is supposed to work with Macs.
posted by psc1860 on Dec 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Sudden intense back/rib cage pain?

Medical question: I'm a 17 year old male and last night my rib cage and upper back began to hurt like never before. I thought a night of sleep of help, but it hasn't. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Dec 12, 2009 - 27 answers

The Subway vs. My Back

Is the subway causing my body to hurt? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Nov 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me strengthen my trapezius....

Weightlifting/strength training filter: what exercises do you recommend to strengthen/build up the trapezius muscle? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Oct 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me find useful yoga and/or pilates DVDs.

Can you tell me about your experiences with pilates or yoga in regards to lower back pain? DVD or CD recommendations especially helpful. [more inside]
posted by rosethorn on Oct 26, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me stop stomach sleeping.

How do I stop sleeping on my stomach? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

What is the best way to adjust to a new mattress?

MattressHackingFilter: I recently upgraded from a fairly firm queen sized mattress to a king-sized soft pillow-top (Simmons Beautyrest). While laying down feels noticeably different (and pretty damn comfy), I do wake up with some back pain, most notable a tightness in my upper back and in the shoulders towards the neck. Are there any quick-and-cheap solutions (besides returning it) that can alleviate the pain? Is this just my body adjusting or am I S.O.L.?
posted by miasma on Aug 24, 2009 - 10 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

Sleep positions or other ways to help a bad back during the night?

For the past few months, I've been experiencing a lot of back pain during sleep and when I wake up. I've tried many solutions - sleeping on top of a bunch of blankets (to make my firm mattress softer), sleeping with a pillow between my legs (helps a little but not much, it seems), putting a towel under my hips, sleeping on my back, sleeping on my stomach, sleeping on my side. In a nutshell, I'm losing it and really could use some help. Anyone with a super-sensitive back who has found a comfortable way to sleep??? I have scoliosis, so that's one thing to keep in mind. Also, if one of the strategies I mentioned above worked for you, pleae don't hesitate to mention it - maybe you tried it in a different way than I did! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
posted by bross12 on Aug 7, 2009 - 22 answers

You're not supposed to get injured from yoga!

How do I nurse a wounded shoulder back to health? [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia on Jul 29, 2009 - 17 answers

Is sleeping on the floor medically approved?

Hard medical evidence about sleeping on a hard, flat surface? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Jun 29, 2009 - 2 answers

lower back pain after lifting legs in the gym.

lower back pain after lifting legs in the gym. [more inside]
posted by l2yangop on May 26, 2009 - 12 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

"My back! My neck! By back AND my neck!"

I've had sharp, upper back pain for about a week. I just woke up one morning and there it was. Do I need a chiropractor, massage, doctor or should I just man up? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Apr 6, 2009 - 16 answers

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. (or megapixels and HD Video?)

Buy the Canon 450Xsi or wait for the 500TSi? [more inside]
posted by DrAlbin on Apr 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Acronis won't answer emails

I'm having a hell of a time with Acronis True Image Home 2009. My OS is VISTA. I have emailed Acronis twice with no response and have read through their support FAQ. I have a 1TB USB drive partitioned into two 500 MBs. The back up works perfectly on one partition but... [more inside]
posted by Carbolic on Mar 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Argh, my nucleus pulposus

How does a ruptured disk benefit from an epidural? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Mar 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Ideas needed for back side of business cards

What neat ideas could I print on the back of business card for a Technology Consulting company? My customers are small to medium business that have little or no onsite tech support. [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Mar 8, 2009 - 7 answers

shoulder blade/back/neck knots

what is going on with my shoulder blade and neck muscles? [more inside]
posted by figTree on Feb 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Quick camping trip a few hours from Savannah, GA?

Camping spot near Savannah, GA that isn't populated by RVs? Looking to head out 2-3 hours north or south to find a primitive camp site with a group of 5 friends. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by apipameme on Feb 19, 2009 - 13 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

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