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Jul 02, 2014 12:24 PM

hi... I have struggled to manage back pain now for over nine years. in that time... meds have altered and I've had physio, acupuncture and even hypnosis. my work means shifts (the very early ones) of ten hours and an hour drive each way to get there. I'm not complaining as having something to do takes my mind of the pain and provides a focus. that said at the moment I've been off with severe back pain for six weeks now and it,s not looking good any time soon...

to my question.. has anybody used considered or have input on the use of a back brace of any kind. everything else has been hit and miss.

I'm only 42 and have just got slowly worse over the last two years.



Jul 05, 2014 8:37 AM

Mark, I am actually a physical therapist assistant for over ten years. Yes back braces can help BUT you need to talk to a physical therapist about it who has evaluated you. In my experience people use braces for the wrong reasons, wear them too long, and they can actually make you weaker by letting yr muscles depend on the brace for support instead of their own strength. However there is a reason these braces exist but you need to have someone who is knowledgeable assess yr best options.

Jul 09, 2014 2:09 AM

im 26,suffer from widespread pain for 10yrs now. i use a back brace and it takes the edge off. no dr has figured out why im in pain. they say im too young to have pain and its all in my head. one even told me if i lost drastic weight pain would go away. im not fat though.

Jul 09, 2014 2:11 AM

i only wear my brace on bad days, and only for 2,3 hours max.

Jul 09, 2014 7:13 AM

Jessica, have they done any diagnostic tests yet

Jul 09, 2014 12:41 PM

nope, no one believes me and wont take time to just be sure. go to dr on friday, mri requested, we will see. i think i have arthritis and fibromyalgia. i have scoliosis too but was told it dont cause pain?

Jul 10, 2014 11:28 AM

jessica dont let them fob you off. ive just turned 29 for past 3years I've had numbness, chronic pain that has got worse over time and extreme fatigue. I was constantly told nothing was wrong and treated like i was making it up until a recent test by my neurologist. I have small fibre neuropathy which showed up on the test and they think its caused by an autoimmune disorder.

Jul 11, 2014 6:06 AM

Jessica, you need to spend some time researching for a good pain dr in yr area. I cannot stress enough to people that I was treated horribly until I started advocating for myself. That meant finding a knowledgable pain dr who uses an interdisciplinary approach. Meaning a comprehensive program usually including psychology and PT , not just meds alone all tho that tends to be part of it of course. As a patient you have the right to have yr pain taken seriously.

Aug 02, 2014 4:31 AM

having psych with a pain specialist psychologist is so useful, and having a pt, psych and pain dr that actually work together is such a great thing to help manage what's going on its worth shopping around for. I got so lucky that my pcp listened when I came in at 19 with chronic pain, it made it so that when I had to switch docs (insurance -sigh-) they actually took me seriously. it's one of those things of 'you're young and not obviously disabled so clearly it's not actually happening' bah ableism being rampant even in the freaking medical profession

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