I am experiencing lower back pain and I'm 17. The less I move, the more it hurts, so when I'm home and go nowhere for a few days, it's really bad. It's the worst while sitting and it's so distracting, I cannot relax and I'm unable to think very clearly.
It does get better when I'm active, but it actually hurts me between the shoulder blades when I walk too much. Might it be because of my posture? I don't stand really straight.
I've been to doctors for this before, but then it wasn't as bad. A chiropractic did stuff to me a few years back, but it helped only briefly. More recently, my doctor said I should just walk more and do sports.
That's fair enough, but how come bigger computer addicts have no issues? I'm assuming they don't (much of them anyway), because there is no way I would be able to play for 15 hours every day.
Now I would logically deduce that it's because of my bad posture; maybe bigger computer addicts just keep their back straight?
But then again, why did I have to go and do excercises with others in a hospital a year ago?
Additional facts which might help:
About that time, before doing the exercises (and quitting, by the way), my doctor found out that my spine is shaped like an "s". It really is kinda.
Lastly, I haven't been able to crouch or bend my back almost a slighest bit the last few days. You know that exercise where you have to touch your feet with your hands while standing? I barely end up lower from where I started.
So, are exercises again the solution or what? Thanks very much.
Now it suddenly hurts a lot when I walk, which had never been the case before. I'n sort of limping now and I cannot walk well. Why is deteriorating so quickly? Please hep if you can, no one seems to take the problem seriously, they all think it's just a normal little back pain.
Considering your posture seems really bad chiropractic may be good for you. Bad posture like scoliois are among the conditions they are trained to treat.
I dont know how many treatments you had but you usually need a few to keep your posture well maintained. having said that you should not have to go every week for a year and it should make you feel better. I think people are being unrealistic if they expect a couple of visits to the chiro to cure them. Back pain is usually a condition you have to manage for your whole life.
The quality of care really varies among chiropracters i have had great results from it currently i see my chiropracter every two or three months. I rarly reccomend it to people though as there are quite a few dodgy ones.
For me 4 things help with lower back pain. Like you I am in front of the computer way too much.
1. Try to sleep on your back with a pillow underneath your knees. If you sleep on your side put a pillow between your knees.
2. When you wake in the morning lay on the floor and stretch. Try to touch your toes. Go slowly, don't jerk. Pull your knees to your stomach. Put one leg over the other and stretch your hips. I find that my hips and my hamstrings, when tight, pull on my back muscles.
3. Consider medication for short term. See your Dr and determine if muscle relaxers or pain killers might help in the short term.
4. Go to a pool. Try to do it early in the morning. Swim a little but I also do karate moves in the water. I know it sounds silly but it helps me stretch. By karate moves I mean slow forward kicks, side kicks, back kicks. Google kick boxing if you need visual but do it in the water and slowly, like Tai Chi.
These things have helped me tremendously. I don't have chronic back pain, my pain will come from nowhere and used to last for a couple weeks but now I can usually recover within 48-72 hours. I used to look like a teapot!
Hope this helps. I am not a Dr so these are just things that have helped me.
1) Is that a medical fact or does it just kind of work for you?
2) Yes, even I know exercises help, yet I avoid them. I should start doing them.
3) I still haven't seen a doctor for it. When you mentioned the exercises, I stood up and tried to touch my toes and I was delighted that I actually got as close as any untrained person would without back pain, as opposed to before when I was well above the knees with serious back pain. Still, I will go to a chess tournament soon which will last for a week, so the pain might come back. I'd like to be able to bear it during the games.