How to relieve back pain?

standingtall

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Hi, I just wanted to ask any ideas to relieve back pain.
I have a mild scoliosis, and I currently got a job, so I sat in front of a computer for a long time. It was pretty tough.
Any recommendation to relieve back pain?(I use flexpine brace at home) or how do you stretch in your office?
 

usafacellist2026

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I personally lay flat on the floor (on my back). It gets really comfortable and relaxes my back.
 

Sargon

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They always say motion is lotion. Remember that most pain is caused by inflammation. When my lower back hurt I froze one liter bottles of water and I'd but it in the small of my back while sitting or driving for about 15 minutes at a time. It works as well as stretching and walking.
 

Heatherg21

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I had back surgery in 2012 to fix a herniated disc. Prior to that, constant pain and sciatica. I did do acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage when needed (not weekly). Ice brought more relief than heat, and as mentioned previously, 15 on, 15 off. I found that for me, lying on the floor on my back with a pillow under my lower legs and knees helped.

My doctor recommended yoga and or pilates for increasing core strength which helps support the back. I am not a fan of many exercises and admit to not doing a great job at that. But, simply walking for 5 minutes every half hour brings great relief for me.

I have many friends who spent a little money and got standing desks for their workplace. They stand part of the day and easily convert to sitting when needed. Also, one uses a large oversized exercise ball as a chair, which forces core strength building.
 

SOG-SA

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The best counter to a sore back is a strong core. Do planks and crunches, then do more planks and crunches. Do them every day and back pain will go away.
My core is made of stone.

There's a sizeable buffer-layer over that, to account for proper insulation in the winter months...and water retention, for when times are tough.

Strategy is everything.
 

Supersix00

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I hurt my back while installing 25 replacement windows in my house. It hurt for 5 years or so every time i tried to tie my shoes, when i sneezed and just in general. This is not for everyone and you should ask a doctor first, but what healed me 100% was.... deadlifting. I had neglected legs/back/posterior chain in my workouts all my life and focused only on bench press/arms/shoulders. Once I added DL's, squats, RDLs, I was completely healed.
 

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My core is made of stone.

There's a sizeable buffer-layer over that, to account for proper insulation in the winter months...and water retention, for when times are tough.

Strategy is everything.
I have a six pack under a slab of bacon.
 

Capt MJ

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PSA Moment:
@Devil Doc or any other healthcare professionals.
Looking at the two 2 Motrin-related memes above (accurate and funny!), this got me to thinking about the current recommended max dosage, since the gumball machine is saying 3 800 mg tabs/day, for 2400 mg/24 hours. My OTC bottle says no more than 1200 mg/day. Various internet sources mention limits of “do not take more than X, unless prescribed by a medical professional.” And, “prescription strength” is mentioned. Is there a difference between that and OTC? Or is it just tablet size?

I know daily limits for acetaminophen were changed some years ago, and people are warned about watching out for over-dosing by taking multi-symptom OTC tablets with included acetaminophen along with straight Tylenol tablets.

What is ground truth today for Motrin/Advil/ibuprofen? I took my share of the military Vitamin M in 800 mg form back in the day. I stick to the 1200 mg/day now if needed and haven’t had an occasion where I needed any prescribed. I find it interesting but smarter these days healthcare providers are back to handing out Tylenol or Motrin, rather than the opiate-based pain killers, for mild discomfort and pain.
 

OldRetSWO

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PSA Moment:
@Devil Doc or any other healthcare professionals.
Looking at the two 2 Motrin-related memes above (accurate and funny!), this got me to thinking about the current recommended max dosage, since the gumball machine is saying 3 800 mg tabs/day, for 2400 mg/24 hours. My OTC bottle says no more than 1200 mg/day. Various internet sources mention limits of “do not take more than X, unless prescribed by a medical professional.” And, “prescription strength” is mentioned. Is there a difference between that and OTC? Or is it just tablet size?

I know daily limits for acetaminophen were changed some years ago, and people are warned about watching out for over-dosing by taking multi-symptom OTC tablets with included acetaminophen along with straight Tylenol tablets.

What is ground truth today for Motrin/Advil/ibuprofen? I took my share of the military Vitamin M in 800 mg form back in the day. I stick to the 1200 mg/day now if needed and haven’t had an occasion where I needed any prescribed. I find it interesting but smarter these days healthcare providers are back to handing out Tylenol or Motrin, rather than the opiate-based pain killers, for mild discomfort and pain.
Anecdote here: when my eldest son was 20 or so, he was injured at work (stuff fell on him) and had some residual neck pain and headaches. The workman's comp doc told him to take 3 advils (regular dosage is 2) every 6 hrs to control the pain. Three weeks later, my son was on the floor in pain and we took him to the ER where they found that the advil had eroded his esophagus and caused some big problems.
Bottom Line: ibuprophin is powerful but not to be abused. It is the best med for a lot of people but too much is a problem.

Sadly for me, now that I am down to 1 kidney, my kidney doc does not want me taking ANY ibuprophin so I have to make do with Tylenol and a dose of "Suck it up".
 

Devil Doc

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I used to prescribe 800 mg 3x day for acute injuries etc then 800 twice a day for maintenance. I was on 1600 a day for lots of years.
 

Devil Doc

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PSA Moment:
@Devil Doc or any other healthcare professionals.
Looking at the two 2 Motrin-related memes above (accurate and funny!), this got me to thinking about the current recommended max dosage, since the gumball machine is saying 3 800 mg tabs/day, for 2400 mg/24 hours. My OTC bottle says no more than 1200 mg/day. Various internet sources mention limits of “do not take more than X, unless prescribed by a medical professional.” And, “prescription strength” is mentioned. Is there a difference between that and OTC? Or is it just tablet size?

I know daily limits for acetaminophen were changed some years ago, and people are warned about watching out for over-dosing by taking multi-symptom OTC tablets with included acetaminophen along with straight Tylenol tablets.

What is ground truth today for Motrin/Advil/ibuprofen? I took my share of the military Vitamin M in 800 mg form back in the day. I stick to the 1200 mg/day now if needed and haven’t had an occasion where I needed any prescribed. I find it interesting but smarter these days healthcare providers are back to handing out Tylenol or Motrin, rather than the opiate-based pain killers, for mild discomfort and pain.
One problem with cheap, generic OTC Ibuprofen is it comes in 200 mg and when military people want to relive the glory days of 800 mg, they take four caplets which can cause GI upset. The 800 is enteric coated which protects the stomach.
 
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