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Flare up

Hello, I haven't posted before but have had chronic back pain for 18 months, the other day I was lying on my sofa, which is not very supportive in the middle, about where my waist would have been. My 6kg cat jumped up and lay on me and stayed a while, my back ached when I got up, yesterday was worse and today very bad, almost scared to move. Could the cat on my stomach have caused this or do you think it's something else. Grateful for help.
Persistent chronic disabling back pain. Annular tear l3/4.24'(


  • It could have been a combination of the cat sitting on you & the sofa, or it could have been something you did earlier in the day or the day before, for that matter. I am just at the end of a really bad 2 week flare-up & I'm not at all sure what I did to cause it, I don't even try to figure that part out anymore. I just know there are gonna be those flare-up days, just gotta ride them out.

    I took it pretty easy the first 2 days, because like you, I couldn't move, literally, but the first 3 days the worst. I alternated ice and heat the first couple days, on the 3rd day I went back to trying to walk, short distances at first then was able to do a little more as the days went on. I also did very gentle stretching.

    One "tool" that I recommend you use to help you, the last week of my flare it went everywhere I did, is simply a rice sock. In case you don't know what that is, just take a sock, fill it with rice, tie a knot in the top & throw it in the microwave (1 minute & 40 seconds, does it for me) to heat it up and then you can place it wherever you need it. I like it better than a heating pad because you can shape it and get it exactly where you need it. Only other thing I did a lot of was, I took a lot of hot baths trying to loosen things up, I like to soak in 2 cups of Dr. Teals Epsom Salt (sold @ walmart) mixed with 1 cup of baking soda. I hope some of this helps and I hope your flare up is a short one, but if things get worse for you, as the days go on, instead of getting better I would suggest seeing your dr. Take care, stargazey--feel better soon!!!
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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