Well - I hope this is in the right forum category! Anyway - I have DDD/herniation/bulge/tear at L4/L5. I have not been able to work for the past 3 years - although pain stays fairly low if I only do about 4 hours of v. light/sendentary activity a day (with my base meds of oxy & Lyrica), whenever I go above 4 hours of activity, I need breakthrough meds, and after about 8 hrs - pain is major, even with meds.
Consequently, I spend most of my day on the sofa or on the recliner (aside from sleeping an average of 10 hrs - meds really knock me out). This means if I want to do anything like read/watch TV/talk to people/go on the computer, I am bending from the top of the spine/base of the neck. Now - I am developing all kinds of arm/hand/neck/across the shoulder pain. This especially comes about after being on the computer (too much time on spine-health - ha-ha!). The ache develops in my neck, and at the bottom of my neck - and especially down my arm, pinky and ring finger - numbness/tingling and deep, deep bone ache.
So - the question is - for those of you confined to the recliner most of the day, like me, how do you position yourself so you don't hurt your neck/arm/shoulder?
And as with my lower back, my arm/neck are fine so long as I don't do anything!
I do keep myself active as much as possible - I walk, do short errands to the store, take care of my home (ha!) - but I'd just like to be able to use the computer without all this extra pain. Any suggestions?
PS I'm assuming that to avoid pressure on my l4/l5, I'm putting pressure on discs further up the spine, and now hurting those discs. At this point, I have no wish to start doing MRI's etc for this new pain - all that crap has not helped at all for the lumbar back pain, and my neck pain is nothing compared to the back pain.