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.View Thread
To TSR1960--Boy do you have a story to tell. Very sorry to hear what happened to you and what you have had to endure as a result of the incident/accident. The info was meant for someone, who c/o pain only when horizontal in bed at night and unable to sleep. She sounded as though her symptoms were R/T SI joint pain. Since the tip was in the wrong place, my tip must have seemed ridiculous. I used to use a computer for work and school at one time. After being bedridden for so many years, I forgot so much and my husband has just tried to reintroduce me to some basics. I know it sounds crazy, but when you are unable to sit, you stop diong so many tasks. Anyway, I won't be trying to post further, until I am at a point where I can get up to speed. Looking foreward to getting my book. Wanted an old fashioned paperback, so I can lend it to my next door neighbor. He is 20yrs. older, struggling with pain issues, and likes to read books. Thank you for your help and kindness. Will come back to the site when I get up to speed. Take Care, AprilRose9View Thread
TRS 1960—Sorry to hear your pain level is up. Two weeks can feel like a lifetime, when pain rears its ugly head. Hopefully, the office staff at your physician's office can squeeze you in or call you if there is a cancellation. Apologize for all of the errors I have made in my communication. Had a very minor surgery yesterday to have the battery changed on my spinal cord stimulator. The thing was put in before the earth's crust cooled. So, was feeling a bit foggy this A.M. But, truth be told, I make embarrassing mistakes quite frequently. At least I give people a laugh. Hope you feel better. AprilRose9
I learned this from a Physical Therapist After reading your symptoms, I believe one of the other responses correctly identified that your muscle is indeed impinging on the nerve and needs to be released in order for you to obtain some relief. There are two approaches: 1. Take ankle weights, the strap on style, and place one or two on the affected side. Of course, if both sides hurt, you need to do the left and then the right. Stand on the bottom step. Stand facing the banister, hold onto the rail for balance and allow the leg with the weights attached to hang freely. You need to stand with your leg hanging down for at least a few minutes. This should release the muscle. 2. This second approach is more complicated to explain and I hope I can explain it correctly. You will need help with this one. Lay on a bed on your back. Move so your feet JUST so your feet are over the edge. Your ankles will be touching the edge of the mattress. Consider laying on the bed with your feet and legs together to be considered midline. Now move the affected leg 45 degrees from midline. If your arms were outstretched, move your leg half way between midline and your outstretched arm. Have your helper pick up your foot just a couple of inches off of the mattress. With their hand grasping the top of your foot, up near but not on your ankle, then placing their second hand behind your ankle above your heel. You want your helper to do a slow, but steady pull on your foot and leg to release the muscle from your sciatic nerve. Do NOT have them pull so hard, that they are pulling you off the bed. You are after a slow and steady pull lasting at least 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. I have a similar problem. Some will refer to it as sacroiliac pain. I hope this helps. Just takes a little practice. Good luck to you. You never appreciate the beauty of a good night sleep until it is gone. AprilRose9 View Thread
Eat this info with a grain of salt. Of course I am not a physician, but this is secondhand info from a physician. Several years ago, at that time NSAID's came in six categories. He showed me all of the categories and the long lists of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Perhaps, most of you know this already, but thought I would mention it just in case. What I was told, if you take an NSAID from one category, and it does not work, then none of the NSAID's from that category will work. You then need an NSAID from a different category. Just thought I would pass this tidbit on, in case it is correct. If true, could save you some time trying one that would prove ineffective and possibly some of your hard earned dollars. Discuss the possibility of this with your Dr. Best to All, AprilRose9View Thread