Hi. I have done office work for years, but worked from home for the last two years. At my previous job I started getting mid-upper back pain toward the last couple of years there. It was getting so severe that I asked the doc to do some tests. He ordered an MRI on my lower spine...despite me telling him it was mid-upper back pain. Not surprisingly, it came back unremarkable. After leaving that job and working from home, the pain went away completely!! I always suspected it was more likely my posture (something that I've been yelled at by teachers about since 1st grade). I can't help it though.
Now I started a new office job yesterday and 3-4 hours into it, my back started to ache. Today is only my second day and by the time I got home my pain became so severe that I felt like I would fall over, just from the weight of my neck/head! I tried to sit up straight all day and keep my knees at a 90 degree angle, but the pain is worse than EVER!!! My work chair has a deep back and arm rests that prevent me from getting closer to the computer, so I've had to lean forward mostly to get work done. I am only 5'3" and 110lbs so if I sit with my back against the back rest, by knees don't really reach the edge of the chair and I can't reach the computer. I don't want to make an issue of it bc it is a temp job (for a year) and I don't want to look 'needy'. What can I do?
Please help!!!! I took an bunch of aspirin and I'm trying to ice it down, but it only went from severe to moderate. Anyone have experience with back support devices that you can wear under you clothes? Do they work?? Any better suggestions???