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My back hurts.

I've had a lot of pain in my lower back for the last five days or so. There's no obvious cause that I can think of but it seems to be getting worse, not better. It's at the point now where standing up is taxing, even after taking ibuprofen. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on May 5, 2014 - 25 answers

How can alleviate this sudden back pain?

I have this really awful nerve-y kind of pain in my back right now that seems to be aggravated by sitting down too long. [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Mar 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain every night with no explanation from doctors. Looking for explanation. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Mar 15, 2014 - 14 answers

Slipped down stairs and hurt my back, what is my best plan for tomorrow?

A few hours ago I slipped and fell down half a flight of stairs, injuring my back. How important is it that I see a doctor? Is there anything I can do to make going into work tomorrow less terrible? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Jan 5, 2014 - 13 answers

I think my back is dying.

I have been having some really really terrible back pain lately and I need to know roughly what it might be and what kind of doctor person I should see about it and what I can do in the meantime so that I don't end up defenestrating myself in order to escape it. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 20, 2013 - 23 answers

I'm looking for a good pain-relief strain of marijuana.

I'm looking for a good pain-relief strain of marijuana. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Apr 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Holy Back Spasms, Batman!

I've got bad back pain. I'm poor. I work in an industry that requires me to lift things and walk around a lot. I can't take time off. Help! [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Mar 19, 2013 - 19 answers

Can you help with this pain in my neck?

I'm having serious neck and shoulder pain due to some combination of a bone spur in my cervical spine, a herniated disc and/or flexor joint arthritis. I have doctors. I'm getting physical therapy. Anyone have suggestions for dealing with the pain in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by driley on Dec 17, 2012 - 6 answers

I vant to PAHMP. ME. AHP.

I vant to PAHMP. ME. AHP. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Aug 2, 2012 - 7 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

Sitting on a gold mine

Is there a cheaper chair that does what an Aeron does? [more inside]
posted by darksasami on Jul 11, 2012 - 16 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

"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

Are you smarter than my doctor?

What is this confounding pain in my testicles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 - 17 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

On tonights episode of "ow my balls"

YANAD but any ideas why my manly areas hurt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 14 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

Upper Back (Lung?) Pain

For the past four and a half years I have had pain in my upper back, between and just below my shoulder blades. It feels to me like its lung pain. It is worse when its cold, and at night (I think because it's cold at night). My doctor doesn't know what it is. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by duck on Nov 12, 2005 - 16 answers

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