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Lower Back Pain Relief

Jul 02, 2014 8:05 AM

I cannot sleep right now because my lower back hurts so badly. I was on my feet and on the go a lot today, so I am guessing it is just sore muscles, but it hurts so badly and it is keeping me from getting to sleep. My husband is overseas right now, so I have no one to rub my back. Is there anything else that anyone can recommend that I try to get rid of the back pain? Since I can cannot sleep, I figured I may as well see what the catch my pain community has to say about my problem!


Jul 02, 2014 8:51 AM

A hot shower could make the muscles relax. If it is recurrent you may want to invest in a shower massage to help with the pain.
If it doesn't go away you may need to see your doctor for muscle relaxers. I hope this can help you.

Jul 04, 2014 1:43 AM

- Do regular exercising and yoga
- Use lumbar belts
- Do not sit for long hours
- Correct your sitting posture, use back rest available in market
- Do not try to lift heavy weights
- Refrain from jerks
- Sleep on flat hard platform rather than fluffy mattress

Jul 08, 2014 4:44 AM

I hope you find some relief so you can sleep! The above seem pretty straight forward (although I also try to refrain from jerks, but can't always avoid them!) and work, but if they persist and you haven't seen a doctor for P.T. , that would be my 1st route.
If that's been done, I do feel that electro-stimuli works best on sore, tight muscles that may be spasming. You can buy them online for under $40. What are they called? I used to have my own unit.
I think icing does wonders for muscles and spine...15-20 mins every hour for 3 hours.
As for non-internal medicine but also prescribed, I highly recommend topical patches such as flector or even lidoderm for over night comfort (patches last 10hrs).
Even a cream/gel that works amazingly well and fast is called Voltaren, almost like an aspirin cream can be much more efficient for muscles, compared to relaxers or other pain meds. I know, I've tried them all!

Jul 08, 2014 5:48 AM

I think the e-stim you are mentioning is called a TENS unit

Jul 12, 2014 3:25 PM

you could try actipatch? they have a special offer on at the moment as well? I'm wanting to try the back version now I've had a go on the trial one.
also, try reflexology or gentle massage, hot water bottles, tens are good too.
good luck x

Jul 30, 2014 11:48 AM

My pain started after I took a half step down of wich I wasn't expecting, I call jarring my hip sockets. Then it got to where I couldn't squat or bend down to pick up any thing. My right leg is effected by my siatic nerve, went to the doctor,MRI was done, now in my 4&5 disc I have bulging disc and nerves being pinched. I can't lay, sit, or stand more than 10mins at a time. Even tho pian med perscribed helps a little my level of pain is still a 9. I have an appointment to see the Spine Specialist 7-12-14. What can be done to correct this problem. restless. in

Jul 30, 2014 10:03 PM

I feel for you, I really do, well I have had a total of three back surgeries, first one was for a bulging disk of 4 & 5. in 2001, my second surgery was for 3,4, & 5 bulging disk, in 2005, and now two weeks ago, on my L5-s1 wich was caused by a fall through a floor, were I landed right on my butt.
So my best advice is to do exactly what you have chosen to do with seeing a spine expert, but on the side see another doctor. perhaps a " neurosurgeon " give the your MRI and let both doctors know of this, that your seeing two doctors, and by doing this you very well get two different options, stay with physical theropy it does work, follow up with seeing a chiropractor, people seem to believe they crack your bones all over the place. wich is a very misunderstood theory, they know more about bone structure and the way the body works than I ever beleved, they reposition and relieve pressure and so on, google it up and research it, and give it a try, it did wonders for me. but everybody is different. you know your body best. do what you know your body can and can not do. remembering your leg pain is cause by nerves, if you understand how the body works and how the sciatic nerve works, the better you are able to function in the world around you, so once again google sciatic nerve and read up and edrucate yourself as much as you can about how the spine and nerves work. make yourself a your own doctor so when the pain increases you understand what your limits are, good luck and I am here to help in any way possible, jud

Jul 31, 2014 8:54 PM

With the kind of pain we have, it seems nothing really helps. I use a heating pad from time to time to help with the pain. It's worth a try. A warm shower or bath with Epson salt may help as well.

Aug 07, 2014 9:27 AM

I use really hot showers, heat pads, a tens unit (only cuts the pain while it's on, no lasting effects) and alternating short periods of rest and short walks with my normal routine. not much helps for long though :-/

Sep 01, 2016 8:11 AM

I too would have to recommend physical therapy. I started seeing a therapist a month ago and it is amazing just a simple exercises said he have me do have a deuce my pain at least 50%.

Sep 01, 2016 12:54 PM

Back & core exercises. Especially the core tightening ones. It took me a long time before the right PT therapist showed me the right way to do them. I think the same happened with Flappys. A matter of isolating the right pelvic & abdominal muscles & doing sets of repetitions. Now when I hurt bad if I can get down on the floor I do them how he taught me. If not I do them on the bed. I hope you find some relief from the community suggestions­čĺÉ

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