Please explain why sitting is so painful?

Please explain why sitting is so painful?

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Anonymous (not verified)
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Please explain why sitting is so painful?

Hi folks, Since I had my microdisctomy sitting has been next to impossible, my lower back and thigh aches. My surgery went well but I am three months post surgery and I still am not driving etc. because of the pain when I sit. Why? I have hip bursitis on both hips because of laying down instead of sitting. I would so appreciate any information or experience. I never thought in my lifetime that I would never be able to sit for a long period of time. Thanking you in advance.

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TerriJV (not verified)
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hi

hi,
i had a fusion but it took forever it seemed to sit for a long period of time.
its a long healing process either op for some of us.
especially if other issues are going on like your hips.
i have the same thing. i start to get comfy laying down then boom i have to switch because one hip becomes so painful then back and forth from there.

i am now at the 1 yr mark and i am able to sit on a cushion for a long period. if a regular chair, lawn chair etc no.
only for a little while and i have to turn side to side or get up.

your still early out. give it some time. if it becomes worse or any new pain arises give your Dr. a shout.

good luck!!
terri

Cambran (not verified)
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Sorry to hear

I have had 2 surgeries and have the same complaint. I am going back to doc to figure out a game plan.

I hope you cn get some releif...if you do let me know. Any advice is much appreciated.

serenity (not verified)
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are we sitting on the irritated sciatica nerve

you will be the first to know if I can somehow figure this out, I have to find some other alternative. I have sat on everything, hoping if I could just find that right spot, never happened. Boy, oh, boy do I identify with the switching back and forth from side to side. When going to the doctor's I almost jump out of the car while my husband is driving after 15 mins if I am lucky to hang in there that long. I look at folks sitting and am so jealous, wondering if they know what a gift it is to just plain ole' sit. Thanks for the comeback!

J.J.Grey
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I think

that it is your facet joints. I had MicroD back in Dec 07 and my doc told me ahead of time that the facet joints would cause pain after surgery. ask your doc but I am pretty darn sure thats what it is. Have you tried ice 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off? That has been a great relief to me.

rachel (not verified)
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sitting increases pressure

sitting increases pressure on the discs (it is one of the worst positions for discs). so, if the discs are causing pain either directly (lower back pain) or by irritating the lumbar nerve roots (leg pain, S/S) in the case of a prolapse sitting will increase your pain and or signs/symptoms (S/S) - numbness etc.

technically you are not sitting on your sciatic nerve but the increased disc pressure can put pressure on it, in your back.

moral of the story, aggrevation of your signs and symptoms with sitting is very common in lower lumbar disc related problems

hope this helps,

John
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Go on, you know you want to.

Hello Serenity,
The whole weight of your upper torso is being supported by your spine and to some extent like a big spring and none more so when you are in a car and feel the nuance of every bump as a consequence.

As with most CP sufferers sitting down has a time element and for me then laying down only brings some relief, the balance is between sitting standing, mobility and then laying down, obviously this has a great impact of how we are then imposed to function every day as we move from one position to another with indiscriminate irregularity and somewhat bemused observance. To the external observer it can look as if I am nervous, never sitting still and unable to find a comfortable position.

The preferable outcome was to learn sitting and extend this through practice by ten seconds or more over time, I did try but it never worked for me, I thought at one time it may have been learned behaviour and I examined in minute details the initial responses to feeling that need to move and reposition.

As with many I have RLS also which make sitting close to anyone more of an event for them and rather unnerving for us all, as I twitch through indiscriminate spasm at inopportune moments, and have been known to knock things off tables and steer clear of holding hot liquids on some occasions, it is never dull.

I can assess a chair’s suitability in a nano-second, height, back support and more importantly can I get up from it, sitting we could all write a book…. If we could sit still for long enough, a sense of humour helps, not much but it does.

Those words I dread, shall we sit down, no thanks I will stand here on one leg, look normal and lean on everything thanks, hey it’s moving.

John

serenity (not verified)
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I just love you folks, truly

Thanks so very much, Hug I was laughing and crying at the same time because I can so identify with you all. It is such a precious gift when you find out you are not alone. As I was reading your words I instantly felt a relief that I have some buddies that can identify with me. I am so shocked by all that has happened since my surgery, still in the grieving process so thank you dear friends, thank you!!!!!!!

Makin It (not verified)
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Makin It

I had the same type of surgery you did in November, 07. First, the grieving--I grieved from Nov. 8 '07 through all of March '08. I still have really depressed days. Sitting--oh, to sit w/o pain. I use a great deal of gel ice packs. I keep them in the freezer here at work so I can stay at work. And, I take my pain meds (Darvocet during the day, Vicodin at night) to help tolerate the pain. When we go visit someone they always want us to "sit and stay awhile" but I tell them, "I've been sitting all day--I'll just stand."

If anyone figures this out, please post it as we all need help. Ice, ice, ice is my only answer. Hang in there!

Makin It

serenity (not verified)
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I cannot tolerate ice or heat??????

When I would get desperate for the pain to leave I would think I have to find something, anything. I heard about ice, how marvelous it is for pain relief but everytime I used it on my back the pain increased. I would love to be able to stick a ice pak on my back, why am I so doggone different. Why doesn't it work on me?
Grieving is something they do not prepare you also for post surgery, the loss is tremendous. My heart aches for those who do not have folks like you to talk too. I will never ever take our conversations for granted, they are very healing and nuturing. Thank You! Hug

serenity (not verified)
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I cannot tolerate ice or heat??????

When I would get desperate for the pain to leave I would think I have to find something, anything. I heard about ice, how marvelous it is for pain relief but everytime I used it on my back the pain increased. I would love to be able to stick a ice pak on my back, why am I so doggone different. Why doesn't it work on me?
Grieving is something they do not prepare you also for post surgery, the loss is tremendous. My heart aches for those who do not have folks like you to talk too. I will never ever take our conversations for granted, they are very healing and nuturing. Thank You! Hug

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