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scrawfo82 posted:
This is a great site, for back pain help. I have just recenlty been fighting with lower back pain for 6mos now and am starting the journey of Dr appointments and have been to chiroprator so many times I can't keep count. But mine will go out so easy it scares me, the last two times, I have just been bending over picking up something and I am down for the count and can't move. So frustrating, I was working really hard on loosing weight and now this has really limited me on my workout routine.. I will be visting this site often to find help and good tips for the furture..
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davedsel2 responded:
Hello and welcome.

Yes, take the time to read through the posts and the Tip at the top of the community that lists recommended steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated. We are a group of lay people who have far more experience with back pain than we would ever want.

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aprilrose9 responded:
Dear Scrawfo82,

If you are trying to pick up something small off the floor, try the "golf ball pick-up". This was a tip from my physical therapist. It may help with the back issues you have described when picking up items. As for picking up items, make sure you find out the amount of weight you are permitted to lift by your physician. If you find you have trouble lifting this amount, then make sure you stick with a weight you know is safe for you.

Many of us have gone through the early days of dealing with a back issue. It is difficult to adjust to the changes you need to adapt to for your own health. So many of us dislike having to do things differently and just want to be like we have been throughout our lives. While it is a struggle emotionally and physically, it is better to try to make changes instead of pushing to the point where you escalate the injury

I hope the injury is something which is short lived. Good luck.
maistral responded:
May I suggest that you don;t fight the pain. Pain and stress are related and fighting the pain just causes more stress. I know it is hard to accept the changes that chronic pain brings, but it may help to see it as a challenge that you can overcome with time and that it wont be for ever,

If you can afford it, and if there is a program near you, one of the best things for chronic pain is hydrotherapy. Exercising in water is easier than doing it on land because the bouyancy in water means that your body weight in water is about 10% of you body weight. Plus the resistance of the water helps to increase muscle strength. Also working with a hydrotherapist means that they will give you the right exercises to suit your condition and will make sure that you do not overdo things.

Another thing that is important is to lower your stress levels. Meditation is one of the best ways to do this, but if you don;t want to meditate, an easy form of meditation is Dr. Herbert Benson's Relaxation Response. Basically you sit comfortably, close your eyes and and each time you breathe out say 'one'. If thoughts come up don't get entangled with them, just say to yourself 'Oh well' and return to focusing on your breathing. Do this for ten to twenty minutes twice a day, and your stress will decrease. Also try and do something you love each day because that will also help relieve your stress.

There has been a lot of research into chronic pain in the last decade, but many doctors are not aware of this. There are two good on-line resources that have webinars about these new findings and how to deal with chronic pain that you can watch. They are free. I am not sure if I can put a url in a post, but if you google and and look for webinars you will find them.

Good luck. Chronic pain is a great teacher. I learned a lot from mine and from the experience of overcoming it.

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