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?
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]
Help needed for a friend who is experiencing intermittent pain in his rib cage. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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!
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.
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]
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.]
Back injury = drugs, discs, and MRIs?? Oh my! [more inside]
Please help me find a desk chair that will help ease my lower back pain and look pretty, too! [more inside]
Last Thursday and Friday I had really bad pain in my back on the right side, in the middle – just about where the ribcage ends. I had a low-grade fever on Friday evening. On Saturday morning I decided that the pain was bad enough to necessitate a trip to an Urgent Care facility, as my doctor does not have weekend hours. [more inside]
How should I sit up in bed? [more inside]
My posture has become even worse (if that's possible)! How can I improve it? [more inside]
Chronic low-level lower back pain? Short-term solutions? [more inside]
I have pain in my neck/shoulder. It's partially from computer use but becomes most intense when I draw. I need advice on better ergonomic setups as well as safe exercises I could do to strengthen those muscles, or anything else I might do to reduce this sort of pain. [more inside]
Hey, for the third time in the last ten years or so the same part of my upper back has decided to cause me a spectacular amount of pain and discomfort for the last five days or so. The pain is all on the right side of my upper back, going up my neck to the base of my skull, accompanied with numbness in my shoulder and all down my right tricep, sometimes all the way down to my fingers. Along with the pain I'm nauseous half the time, possibly as a result of the pain itself. Sleeping, working and doing anything at all beyond moaning is really difficult, and the application of heat and cold has only helped temporarily. Last time I just took over-the-counter back meds for a week until I could get off the couch, and then a bit later went to a chiropractor who identified a problem in my upper spine and assured me he could fix it if I came around every week for the next 20 years and signed over my paycheque. This time I'm going to go to a proper doctor, but can anyone take a guess at what may be wrong and what sort of doctor I should try to see? Thanks!
Weight lifters/sedentary employees; after a lower-back injury, did you ever feel the same? [more inside]
I switched jobs about a month ago, and since then, my back has been killing me. Help me be more comfortable. [more inside]
I'm worried about my girlfriend seeing a chiropractor. [more inside]
I am looking to get one of those seatbacks that you can put in your bed, that will allow you to sit up in bed with minimal effort. Let me clarify - this is not a recliner. It's almost as if someone took a car seat and cut the tush part off, but added a bit near the bottom for stability. What is the offical term for them, and where can I find them?
Did anybody download a copy of Palin's www.takebackthe20.com/candidates website before she took it down? [more inside]
Help me end my intense back and neck pain and figure out the best way to go about doing it! [more inside]
I am looking for a web site or book that someone here can recommend detailing ALL major stretches for the hips and lower body that also shows anatomical diagrams of exactly what is being stretched by the stretches. I have seen some good stuff on the net, but i am looking for a complete list with anatomical diagrams. If it is only hips, thats OK too. Thank You. [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]
What can I do for my lower back pain while I'm traveling in a foreign country? [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]
I'm after some exercises to strengthen my legs and lower back. [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]
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...
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]
I have the wrong kind of tight ass. Please help it. [more inside]
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]
Anyone know what interest rate that the IRS charges on back taxes? Can't find this info anywhere. Thanks.
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]
Help! Will anything stop a back spasm coming on after a likely trigger? [more inside]
How can I back up my save files on my 360 so I can transfer them to a new console? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Tips/ideas for abdominal muscle exercises that won't exacerbate back pain in someone prone to it? [more inside]
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]
Email replies going to a different address than the one sent from in Thunderbird. [more inside]
How do I heal my upper back? [more inside]
Help me fix my ugly back and upper arms. And gosh why are these pushups killing my lower back? [more inside]
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]
My lower back tingles when I get turned on or frightened; does yours? [more inside]
How can I use a desktop computer while lying down in order to avoid severe back pain? [more inside]