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how to get out of bed and wipe yourself. need advice

astarrnowaastarrnow Posts: 7
Hi everyone, new here.

I need advice. I am currently experiencing an awful sciatica flare up. I am stuck in bed and dread the thought of needing to use the bathroom because getting out of bed is beyond excrutiating. Does anyone have any tips on how to make this less painful? And as crazy as it sounds. How do you wipe yourself, I find it almost impossible. Last question is how long do these nasty flare ups last? My last one dissipated over about 2 weeks after it got to its worst point and I have no idea what happened this time because I was starting to recover and was back to a somewhat normal lifestyle. Any help appreciated.


  • When I could hardly move a friend suggested a chiro and my dr. agreed so I had 3 treatments in a row and was able to go just 2 x a week for 3 weeks. He also told me 800 mg of Motrin and any kind of painkillers would not be effective . Also ice 30 min on 20 min off. No heat. Guess what worked. Maybe give it a try.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I get these flare ups from time to time and know just what you are describing, the only way I cope is by using ice, getting up and walking as often as possible,trying to stand as straight as possible and having tea tree oil into my back.
    Mine used to last up to 3 months until I discovered tea tree oil and now I use that at the first signs now they just last days.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • You can buy them in any medical supply store or usually the mom and pop pharmacies carry them. It makes not having to bend so far easier, and there is a tool that you can get to hold the toilet paper......
    You do need to get up and stay moving, many, many times during the day. Laying down only makes the pain worse, and the inactivity also causes the muscles to weaken and your stamina to disintegrate, so moving around is essential to the flare up going away.
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