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Pointed Questions

How do I choose a good acupuncturist? [more inside]
posted by tintexas on May 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Lumbar Limbo

This morning, I sneezed and threw out my lower back. Since then, I've been unable to walk any significant distance without severe pain throughout my lower back/butt/left thigh, and the pain while walking is getting worse. Should I go to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Apr 20, 2011 - 25 answers

Gallstones are a pain in my back.

Recently found out I have gallstones, and I have some degree of back/stomach pain every time I eat, no matter what I eat. YANMD, but what can I do about the pain? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully on Apr 9, 2011 - 19 answers

and when you're only 23 it's not attractive to complain about your sore back

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]
posted by NoraReed on Mar 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Flying & Back Pain - help?

How can I avoid lower back pain after long flights? And in general, how can I make long flights more tolerable? [more inside]
posted by kms on Mar 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Office chair for under $200?

Had this office chair and it royally fucked my back. Which office chair should I get for under $200? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Feb 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Can pregnancy hormones create sexual compulsion?

At what point does it go from typical pregnancy hormones to a physiological/psychological concern? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Back pain and swollen lump at base of spine

My gf has a swollen puffy lump about 2.5" wide on the base of her spine, no discoloration or pain, it just appeared at the same time she got a sudden sharp stabbing pain in her right lower back - are these 2 things related, if so, can anyone tell us what it means? Obviously we need to talk to the doctors, but she's been working with them for years and no one can tell us anything yet - we thought someone else might have some ideas? [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on Jan 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Recommendations for a No-BS Chiropractor in San Francisco or Mountain View

Unfortunately, I think I need to see a chiropractor. Which I am unhappy about. But, nonetheless, I am looking for recommendations in San Francisco or Mountain View, California. I am by no means a special snowflake, but I do have some details inside. [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 on Jan 8, 2011 - 10 answers

What is the strongest, non "controlled substance" painkiller available?

YANMD. What is the strongest, non "controlled substance" painkiller available? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 2, 2010 - 20 answers

Three days to fix the knot in my back: Go!

Can a massage actually fix this back spasm, or will I feel good for an hour and then go back to being in pain? I have three days to get better so I don't have time to fool around. Yoga? Muscle relaxants? What's got the best shot at actually doing something? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Oct 5, 2010 - 12 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

Ouch! How to cope with pain?

How do I cope emotionally with severe lower back pain? I have seen a doctor, and they said that I am doing all the right things, but it will be between 2 to 10 weeks before it stops. In the meantime, everything really, really hurts. Cuddling my partner. Standing. Walking. Grocery shopping. Driving. Going to the laundromat. Making the bed.... [more inside]
posted by Hot buttered sockpuppets on Sep 13, 2010 - 32 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

My robot half

Is it possible that my uterus is causing my back pain? [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Sep 1, 2010 - 13 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

Injured while grocery shopping? I've got to start working out.

A week ago I tweaked my back, but the pain isn't going away, and I can't seem to find a stretch that will make the muscle feel better. [more inside]
posted by gladly on Jul 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Coming apart at the...joints?

YouAreNotMyDoctorFilter: Having issues with "benign hypermobility." [more inside]
posted by hoperaiseshell on May 2, 2010 - 10 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

Ouch, ouch, ouch.

For the past 3 years, off and on, I've had pain in the left shoulder blade area, radiating toward my left rib cage. There are no triggers like breathing or laughter. What I feel is sharp stabbing spasms at unpredictable intervals. It is mild in the morning, intense by evening. Usually icing takes care of it, but not always. I've seen my doctor, gotten massages, gotten acupuncture, tried exercise and stretching -- but the pain returns. Massage helps most. Any ideas, hive mind?
posted by bearwife on Apr 16, 2010 - 20 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

Core exercises with recovering back injury?

AbFilter: Any tried-and-true core exercises which won't aggravate a sore (recovering-from-injury) lower back? [more inside]
posted by slab_lizard on Mar 7, 2010 - 6 answers

What kind of surgery is this involving freezing and burning nerve endings?

Freezing and burning nerves to help with back pain? What kind of surgery is this, exactly? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Feb 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Advice needed for purchasing crutches and dealing emotionally and functionally with a minor disability.

Advice needed for purchasing and using a pair of forearm crutches, and how to deal better, functionally and emotionally, with what I guess could be termed a minor disability. [more inside]
posted by moira on Dec 26, 2009 - 24 answers

Something more descriptive than "Oww."

How can I improve my description of my back pain to best inform my doctor? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Dec 10, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I decide between the pill, a test, and a surgery?

We're still not too sure what's wrong with me. I know you are not my doctor but the decision has been left to me for the most part right now. Should I consider the CT, change pills or go straight for a Laparoscopy? Possible causes we've talked about: gall stones, hemorrhagic cyst or endometriosis. Long background and possibly TMI. If anyone has dealt with any of those three, I could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 on Nov 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Where can I try out fancy office chairs in California's Bay Area (SF, Alameda, Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, Marin, or Sonoma Counties)?

California - Bay Area: where can I try out crazy good office chairs? All the advice posts/asks say to test a chair out before buying and I want to try the Think, Leap, Freedom, Aeron, or your other suggestions before my office buys a new chair for me ... but where (from SF to Oakland to Sonoma to Napa) can I go to get test these chairs out? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Oct 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Sling has slung. And it hurts.

How do I wear a sling? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Sep 23, 2009 - 10 answers

What's a good dance for a beginning couple to learn that won't make her backache worse?

What's a good dance for a beginning couple to learn that won't make her backache worse? [more inside]
posted by laumry on Sep 23, 2009 - 2 answers

Open Your Mouth and say...Wha?

So I went into the ER for lower back pain, and the doctor checked my ears and throat....what was the point of that? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Jul 27, 2009 - 13 answers

Sciatica and surgery.

I've got a herniated (ruptured) L5 disc that is causing sciatica, due to the fluids from the disc sitting on my sciatic nerve. I'm in an enormous amount of constant pain, and am trying to decide whether or not to have surgery. [more inside]
posted by Framer on Apr 13, 2009 - 13 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

Back pain: Am I just sore or have I hurt myself? And if I've hurt myself, what do I do?

Back pain: Am I just sore or have I hurt myself? And if I've hurt myself, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Mar 11, 2009 - 6 answers

back pain, is it the coughing?

Help me with my back pain, maybe it's the coughing? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Jan 29, 2009 - 17 answers

Ignoring the problem doesn't help it go away.

I need advice on how to talk to a loved on about her chronic, but unaddressed, health problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 - 18 answers

Lose Weight, Gain Hurt?

I used to get sciatica as a result of a lower back problem. It mostly went away, perversely as I put on some weight. Now, I am losing the weight to deal with the lower back pain itself, and the sciatica is coming back as the weight comes off. Coincidence, or to be expected? It seems kind of backwards to me.
posted by blue_wardrobe on Dec 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Back pain

What kind of back pain is this? [more inside]
posted by sepsis on Nov 8, 2008 - 21 answers

Help diagnose/cure my yogic back pain.

Sharp back (coccyx) pain when doing yoga or working out but no other time. [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Oct 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Is there a futon that provides good support?

Futonfilter: Does a futon exist with good support? My current one needs to be flipped at least weekly and beaten (no joke) to keep the Grand Canyon from yawning into existance at night. [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Sep 21, 2008 - 10 answers

Alternatives to chiropractry.

What alternatives are there to chiropractic manipulation? (Yes: I know, you are not a medical professional!) [more inside]
posted by robotot on Sep 19, 2008 - 26 answers

If I at least knew what to blame...

Started with a god-awful headache early Thursday morning, developed back pain/spasms later in the day, and a fever (102.9F) that night. Everything else has subsided, but the back pain persists. So I've got a few questions... [more inside]
posted by lisawin on Aug 31, 2008 - 18 answers

Are my discs slipping?

Sometimes when I stretch my back, it kind of pops and hurts sharply, what's up with that? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on May 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Herniated disc + pregnancy = ?

Back trouble and pregnancy: Which is worse for a person with a herniated disc, a C-section (which I imagine will compromise the all-important core muscles) or vaginal delivery (which might cause the disk to rupture)? Also, I am prone to sciatica and assume that pregnancy will involve a lot of sciatic nerve pain--can this lead to a permanent worsening of my condition or would it be relieved once I gave birth? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on May 14, 2008 - 8 answers

"Kosher" Position in Classic Meditation that Provides Full Back Support?

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 - 17 answers

Why do I have intense, momentary back pain when I sneeze?

Is intense back pain when I sneeze an indicator of a serious spinal problem? [more inside]
posted by high0nfire on Mar 4, 2008 - 9 answers

My aching back

Mid-back pain when seated-----help! [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Feb 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Are inversion tables worth the money?

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 - 8 answers

Help prevent back pain!

I just started a minimum wage job at a department store sushiya. What can I do to prevent the back pain I get from standing in one place all day? I also have access to a gym two times a week, so let me if any workouts have helped you in your standing job.
posted by Citizen Premier on Oct 7, 2007 - 19 answers

How can I travel with minimal crippling?

I need to be able to travel without waddling/limping or taking mega-doses of ibuprofen... [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Jul 1, 2007 - 6 answers

OOhhh my achin' back!

Strained lower back muscle on Sunday. Leave for fishing trip on Friday. Please give me your quick fixes! [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya on Jun 27, 2007 - 17 answers

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