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a simple question what make your back pain worse?

backache99backache99 Posts: 1,314
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Chronic Pain
i find that other than the awful {close to crying }when i am woken up every night after only 2 hours sleep .is when i have to bend as to wash lower parts of my body .i washed the dog in the shower today {i wont be doing it again} the pain nearly had me in a state of collapse my dog is only a cocker spaniel {4 months old} so not heavy or big .but holding his front paws up {so he was stood on his back legs so i could wash his underside } and i was on my knees leaning in to the shower cubicle ..the PAIN OMG i know that bending hurts and i avoid it at all cost normally even when i have to put on socks its a struggle .so for me its bending whats your??
1997 laminectomy
2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014


  • For me, standing for more than a few minutes, slight bending forward (say cleaning dishes, brushing teeth type posture), or coming up from being bent over (from say petting the cat on the floor) for more than 30 seconds or so.

    I solved the shower problems with my hubby getting me a shower seat. I sit and take care of the lower part of the body - much better.

    Next is walking without a cane more than 50 feet or so (back and legs), sitting more than 30-45 minutes or trying to lay flat on my back on firm surfaces.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • is the worst, especially for long periods of time. Running (when the dog pulls me along) and having to get down on the ground and then having to get back up! Tony - you might want to put a little bench and a chair in the shower when you need to wash the dog. You get in and sit in the chair and put the dog up on the bench so you don't have to bend over to wash him. I either do that or put the dog in the kitchen sink. He's almost too big (I have a miniature schnoodle), but it works.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • well maybe only when i over do it,
    bending has to be the worse,followed by sitting or standing more than 5 or 10 min.
    bending is out. over. no more.if i forget and do it i am done for, med time bed time.
    i have a stool in the shower.after the second time i slipped(ya i felt like a dumb a##)
    as for putting on socks right foot not to bad left can be a day ender.
    i must be going nuts, i am finding its kinda funny how i and people i have been watching do simple things like put on shoes different ways to keep from hurting. :?
  • Surgery makes my back hurt the worse! Did i win? Gimme gimme gimme my prize nowwwwwwwww,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Walking, or really anything that shifts my weight from side to side. Standing isn't great either, sitting isn't horrible if I'm in my recliner but a kitchen chair kills me.
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  • Sitting or standing... both pretty much immediately make my back hurt so bad, only takes a couple of minutes of each. Now throw in some walking and I'm down for the count. But any of this doesn't just affect my back, it's also my hip, leg and knees, and depending on what else I'm doing, my neck too. For sitting, I need something to lean my head on to support my neck. Sadly, I can not get through the day without doing any of these things, but I'm not about to give in to them. Well, most days anyways, I do take a day of pure rest normally once a week. Compared to other people, I'm sure they think every day is a day of rest for me, as I don't do close to what they do, but I do what I can, the best I can, and they are lucky that they can do the things they can without being in such pain after.
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • some reassuring information there ,i have nearly all the same problems as you all do .i just wondered what cause the most pain and from what i have read its anything where the spine becomes of centre in any direction {leaning/bending etc ..and Brenda i know what you mean about being in bed ..even an electrical adjustable bed has its limits ..as for flat beds ,,forget it i cant lay flat at all .as fr the dog kath will be washing him from now on !
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Tony,

    Laying flat use to be a bugger only on "firm" surfaces, but now even just an MRI? I become the pillow queen! If they don't prop under my lower back and behind my knees, this puppy isn't going into the tube! (G) My last EMG the technician was wonderful and propped me up and made me pretty comfy. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • There is no comfortable sitting position. Lying down on my back with pillows under my knees helps unload my spine.

    I can't sleep well on my left or right side due to sacrolilitis & bursitis in both hips.

    Standing is ok for a few mins.

    The thing that really will touch off a bad flare is riding in a car for anymore than a few mins. I'll pay dearly later. I've given up driving for the moment. At least as a passenger, I can lie down in the back.

    Best thing I do is my pool workouts. Not only good exercise, but something about salt water seems to just draw the pain right out for an hour or 2.

    After 10 yrs of faithfully getting manicures, I just stopped going. I can't sit in a chair for 2 hrs.
  • Everyone is different, depending on whether you pain is mechanical, disc herniation, hardware issues, levels affected, stress, (I think you'll find many consistently say weather); the important thing to do (and this is hard) is keep a pain journal, so your doc knows what positions set off your pain...
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