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Been signed off past couple of weeks with a killing back (sciatica). Anyone got any tips whats best to put on it as ive tried a few things and also whats better would you say, a hard chair or jus…
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5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
Been signed off past couple of weeks with a killing back (sciatica).

Anyone got any tips whats best to put on it as ive tried a few things and also whats better would you say, a hard chair or just your sofa to sit on?

Keep swapping back and forward all the time and im starting to get pee'd off with my back especially when meant to be away to america on sunday. Please any tips would be brilliant
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5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
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#1
I have suffered with a sore back since my teens. I have tried all the remedies but nothing seems to work. I have found that (for me any way) the best way to ease back pain is to go on a longish walk. Walking (and some say bike riding) work the sore muscles and relieve the pain. I have one of those massaging seats too which give some comfort for a while.

If your sofa isn't firm, then put some hardboard under the seat cushions. I think a firm seat is vital otherwise your back will be under pressure.


Edited By: Predikuesi on Jun 15, 2011 07:36
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i have had a bad back for four years now best thing to do is to get moving as best you can excercise changed my life I find cycling the best excercise good luck
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Predikuesi
I have suffered with a sore back since my teens. I have tried all the remedies but nothing seems to work. I have found that (for me any way) the best way to ease back pain is to go on a longish walk. Walking (and some say bike riding) work the sore muscles and relieve the pain. I have one of those massaging seats too which give some comfort for a while.

If your sofa isn't firm, then put some hardboard under the seat cushions. I think a firm seat is vital otherwise your back will be under pressure.


I must admit thats what ive noticed, as soon as im walking about it helps but its as soon as i sit down the pain is unreal and struggle to get up
#4
Try an appointment with a chiropractor(sp)
[mod][Moderator]#5
as above, walking / exercise, I've got pgp @ the mo and I can't sit down for more than 10 mins at a time, use my exercise bike as well as much as poss, babies permitting, a hard mattress rather than soft, and my physio suggested if your sofas etc are low, either raise them or sit on a dining chair back to front.

Edited By: wishihadadonkey on Jun 15, 2011 07:59
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grant20
I must admit thats what ive noticed, as soon as im walking about it helps but its as soon as i sit down the pain is unreal and struggle to get up


You need to get out and do at least a mile walk each morning. Sometimes my back seizes up and I too struggle to lift myself off the bed or couch, but usually within a few days my back is ok. You need to exercise in this way even after you get your back back to normal.
I only take pills if the pain is extreme, though this normally happens when I forget that I have a back problem and start lifting heavy things without thinking.


Edited By: Predikuesi on Jun 15, 2011 07:59
#7
My Wife is suffering at the moment and as all the other comments, move around and use a dining chair to sit on at night instead of the sofa
#8
My dad has had a bad back all his life. Few years back NHS sent him to a Pilates course. Not a cure but it helps a lot.
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Try some stretching. I have the same thing and have been seeing a physio for it. The first and probably initially the best one I had was flat on your stomach placing your hands on the floor almost as if you are going to do a push up but with the arms closer to your body. Then lift the top half of your body trying to not use your arms but more your back, when your raising take a slow deep breath in then out (when you breath out your pelvic area should go towards the floor) do these in bunches of 10 at first.

Check out videos for sciatica stretching on you tube I found stretching is all that helped as pain killers have no effect on me
#10
Had this last year not alot worked and everyones different.. deep tissue massage around affected area worked for me as it releases the tension around the sciatic nerve.. Laying on back with knees bent is better.. On this I have tight hamstrings that I think has contributed to it so I'm working on my flexibility in that area too.. Time is a healer.. Get something from ur doc for the flight.. Diazepam?
#11
if you are going away - try and get a practitioners appointment. Primarily to releive some pain, and also to get some advise on a series of exercise you can incorporate into everyday life - now, during travel and for the future. One of the most imobilising problems i have found during a sciatic attack, was getting in and out of the car - you are in such a small space you are almost trapped - so if you have a long plane journey planned - professional advise on twisting and movement might be useful.
#12
tens machine. Ibuprofen.
#13
As others have said, try stretching & gentle exercising.

If you're off to America so soon then I would try & get an appointment with a chiropractor asap to see if that can help.
#14
ive had major back problems for most of my lift now, and ive got to say rest is the only thing that helps my sciatica , wheni first had it little walking helped.
stretching makes it worse, painkillers are useless, hot water bottle around the worst pain point ive found is best too, but these only work when its just my sciatica thats playing up, as for Diazapan, be very careful with this the hospital gave me this in a cocktail of painkillers when i fell down stairs a few weeks ago, never again! i have never felt so tired, run down, pathetic and sick in all my life.
Go see your gp for advice hun, dont leave it untreated it might get worse

Hope you feel better soon hun, back pain is the worst, id rather have 10 babies then keep having the pain im in these days,
#15
Thanks very much to all, much appreciated
#16
Thermacare heat wraps,bit expensive though,Boots and other chemists etc sell them.
#17
Supprised no one's mentioned .........ACUPUNCTURE . It cured me after years of pain . It was the only thing I hadn't tried .Had been going to my Chiropractors for months , they did help but I had sciatica .........real bad pains in the hip ,knee and ancle joints for hours on end , so the visit to the chiropractors a chap asked if I was willing to try acupuncture . I had always declined in the past , but it was the only thing I hadn't tried . I had 3 needles and was left for 10 minutes . Pain .....GONE . I went back a week later for another 10 mins and havn't been back since . That was 4 years ago . I do need to arange another visit as I have has some pain of late , I think lifting an old fridge has strained a muscle .
Arange a visit to your local chiropractor and try the acupuncture ............it's definetly worth a try .
#18
I got very good results from acupuncture combined with osteopathy. The pain went for several hours afterwards - I walked down the street laughing like a demented thing after the first session- the relief was so good!. Guy at Morehall, Folkestone.

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