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    Anything I can do while I wait to get an appointment?
    tracigarner68 posted:
    I started having moderate low back pain about a year ago, and it has gotten significantly worse in the last few months. I was without health insurance for awhile, but now have insurance. I cannot get an appointment to the doctor for about 2 months, and I am having a tough time managing my pain. My left leg occasionally goes numb, and the pain intensifies when I lie down, and when I first stand up. Degenerative disc disease runs in my family. Is there anything I can do at home to manage my pain until I can get to the doctor? Ibuprofen doesn't do a whole lot.
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Tracigarner68 - welcome to the support group -

    Have you tried to get in to see another doctor? Are you making the appointment with a spine specialist? either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist? these would be the doctors you want to see. You can also try to see a pain management specialist. I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Doctor as they go deeper into pain issues and offer treatment plans based on patients needs.

    when laying down be sure to use extra pillows - between your knees when laying on your sides and under you knees when laying on your back. This will help keep your spine more straight and should help with some pains - NEVER lay on your stomach as this puts more pressure and stress on the spine causing more pains.

    you can try to massage the area usually around the hip and see if this will help calm the nerve down.

    you can also try these exercises: exercises&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=eG-KUIiSH6Of2QXA1YHoDQ&ved=0CGYQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=675

    hope this helps~~
    Take care~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    indytechguy responded:
    Waiting for any type of doctor appointment is frustrating and a real drag when you are in some serious pain. I have degenerative disc disease in my T8-9, L4-5 and L5-S1. Like bj1208 mentions, got to use the pillows. Unfortunately laying on my back with pillows under my knees doesn't always work as far as relief, but I still get relief when laying on my sides and using the pillow between my legs with my knees bent up towards my abdomen. Ditto on never laying on the stomach.

    As far as massage goes, I've recently got a membership at Massage Envy: and they have multiple locations. I would recommend massage for coping with the stress and the anxiety from having to deal with the back pain and having to wait so long to see a doc. I'm not going to say the massage will solve your back, just helps relax you (in my opinion and experience).

    Good Luck!

    It is not length of life, but depth of life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    betsey2u replied to indytechguy's response:
    worth a try glucosamine,..I tried ibuprofin and it didnt do much for me. I should probably take it more often but am afraid I will just have to take it that much more! lol. But it has done me well ,.I have a l4/l5 disc and arthritis ,.it isnt expensive either and thats what got me taken it in the first place
    It has helped me walk around and lift stuff etc,..only it doesnt do much for spasms,..but if I feel good enough to work out and do stuff the spasms are not as bad anyhow.
    betsey2u replied to betsey2u's response:
    btw I know it stinks waitng to get into to seeing the doctor in the first place!! Good luck with your appt!

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