The left side of my upper back and neck are consistently crick-y, cracky and tight. Once in a while it's painful, but at all hours of the day, I can stretch the muscles and bones in the area and get some clicky sounds. Can you recommend ways that I can alleviate this? [more inside]
posted by k7lim
on Jun 6, 2008 -
A friend has a serious back injury and I want to help him negotiate the maze of advice he will face. [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on May 16, 2008 -
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 -
Intense lower back pain on the left side. It's also painful down the side of my left leg. After being stiff and mostly inactive this winter I was doing some deep knee beds and intense hamstring stretches, now I'm in a huge amount of pain. My health insurance has a hefty deductible and am hoping to avoid the doctor's office. Any ideas on what to do to relieve the pain?
posted by huxley
on Apr 14, 2008 -
Webbrowsing/Internet Explorer 6 Filter:
When reading a long webpage(usually several screen lengths), I often click on a link that's part way down. IE goes to that webpage in the same window(as it should). However, when I click back, I often find that I am at the top of the first page.
I'm pretty sure it always used to scroll down to where I was before I clicked on the link. Now it only does that sometimes. I know this is minor, but it bugs me sometimes. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
posted by newatom
on Apr 9, 2008 -
For school, we are required to have this bumper sticker on either our back bumpers or back windshield. I am highly anti-bumper sticker, so I have not even considered placing the sticker on my bumper, thats out of the question. Is there an "easy" way or method or trick to place the sticker on the inside of my back windshield that can be easily removed?
posted by shabazosu
on Mar 11, 2008 -
My mother recently traded in a 2004 Subrau Outback and bought a 2007 model of the same car a few weeks ago. She loved the car when test driving and was very happy with it for the first few weeks. Now she is finding that it is aggravating her back problems and causing her extreme amounts of pain. She has tried adjusting the seat in all ways and even called her doctor (who wasn't much help, so she's going to try to talk to someone else) [more inside]
posted by kfs27
on Mar 5, 2008 -
My husband has a huge knot in the muscles at the small of his back (right where his spine meets his pelvis, very close to the spine). He's clearly in a great deal of discomfort, and wants me to massage the area (which I'm happy to do), but what else can he try? (He's already refused to go to the doctor or use a stick-on heat pack, and we don't own a heating pad.) Suggestions as to stretches, massage techniques, and other things we haven't thought of are welcome.
posted by anastasiav
on Mar 4, 2008 -
Accidentally split a twenty dollar bill in half. What's the best way to put it back together?
posted by dkleinst
on Feb 2, 2008 -
Does anyone have any experience using inversion tables to treat back pain? Do they work? Bonus: any credible studies you know about or can find discussing the use/pros/cons of inversion tables? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn
on Dec 19, 2007 -
Is there a term for writing only on the right-hand page of notebooks then flipping the notebook over and working from back cover to front cover? [more inside]
posted by dcbarker
on Nov 22, 2007 -
Where can I find the a photo of the Delorean from Back to the Future streaking off leaving a trail of flames behind it (and preferably with Dr. Emmett Brown standing behind looking dumbfounded)? [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Oct 29, 2007 -
I planned to ask about finding low-cost help for depression. But I'm asking about joint pain instead. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak
on Oct 28, 2007 -
Is it possible for a guy to shave his own back? I recently became single and would like to know if they make an extra long razor or an attachment that would enable me to shave my back. By the way my girlfriend was a pain in the butt.
posted by Noodles
on Oct 2, 2007 -
I seem to have had kidney stones continuously since January. Should I be going to my doctor? And how do you manage to collect them for analysis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 23, 2007 -
I test drove a Nissan Versa and I liked the car very much, but felt that maybe my lower back hurt after 45 minutes or so of driving--even though the seat felt good when I first climbed into it. Otherwise, great value. And when I talk to other people who own this car, they tell me how comfortable the seats are. I'm 5'11", 160 pounds--pretty average I would suppose. So my question: 1) How likely is it that my back will "adjust" to the car? 2) If the seat doesn't work after awhile, has anyone had success with lumbar support products (pillows, etc.)--or is that just wishful thinking? [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Jul 28, 2007 -
I commonly feel a moment of extreme fatigue and drowsiness after a good back cracking. Why?
posted by andythebean
on Jul 19, 2007 -
I know you ANAV, and even if you are, you ANMV. Which is exactly the point, because I'm not sure if my vet has this diagnosis right. [more inside]
posted by Jaie
on Jun 20, 2007 -
Does anyone know of a back cushion that heats the entire back rather than just the lower back? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on Jun 19, 2007 -
What is wrong with my back? It hurts MUCH during the night, gets better during the day. Yes I will see a doctor. [more inside]
posted by davar
on May 8, 2007 -
Let me preface this question by saying that I work in retail. More specifically, I work in a slightly smaller than K-Mart national chain big-box store specializing in low quality clothing and home crap. Anywayz: I fell at work. Actually what happens was that the entire
back wall of the checkout lane I was using fell as I was leaning against it and took me with it. Yes. Best day ever. What do I do?
posted by chichimimizu
on May 5, 2007 -
Should I quit my job of seven years and go to college full time? If so, how can I afford college, mortgage, and bills? [more inside]
posted by h2
on Apr 25, 2007 -
Help me find some relief. Injured my back years ago in a bicycle accident and the chronic pain is getting old. Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself
on Mar 30, 2007 -
I have the habit of sleeping on my face, and I wake up looking like I've gone 12 rounds with Clubber Lang. How can I ensure I sleep on my back at night? [more inside]
posted by dropkick
on Dec 16, 2006 -
Hard to describe restless feeling in small of back seems to cause/be related to irritability, compulsions. [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt
on Dec 7, 2006 -
If I say to you, "The 5 o'clock meeting has been pushed forward 1 hour," what do you understand the new meeting time to be?
posted by war wrath of wraith
on Nov 16, 2006 -
Back Pain - It's a weekend, and my chiropractor only works tue/thurs in my area filter.
I have no idea what I did to deserve this, but I went to the gym for the first time in 2 mos last wednesday (I had been going religiously m/w/f for 8 months working up my running.. i was doing 10 minute miles for 30 minutes before..) because I broke my toe at a company event. I did a decent workout (2.2 mi in 30 min, rest, stretch, then free weights). I felt fine afterwards - no pain, no problems at all. [more inside]
posted by SirStan
on Oct 14, 2006 -
Auto Insurance: I was rear-ended in a 3-car accident about a month ago at slow (<15 mph) speed. My back has been hurting...how do I handle this with the liable insurance company? [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Sep 7, 2006 -