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MacKenzie method?

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  • You sound EXACTLY like me - while I'm doing the PT I feel my symptoms subside, but by the time I'm in the car my back/thighs/legs hurt again..
    and I NEVER sleep. I toss all night - the bed looks like an eggbeater has been at it all night. I can't get comfortable. Even reading your description - arthritis in the spine, foraminal narrowing - nerve blocks... amazing how many of us there are out there!

    Rosa
  • I just wish there was a quick fix to our problem. I know I'm getting really scared thinking about the winter coming up and slipping on the ice. I live in Kansas and in January 07 I slipped and fell on the ice and tore my right knee menicus and had surgery April 07 to repair it and it still hurts. I think when I slipped I also twisted my back and landed on my butt hard which might have caused my back problems to get exaggerated.

    Keep me posted on your progress.

    Thanks for listening.

    Darby
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  • If and when I ever start to feel better, I'll be posting all over this site in every forum! Not sure what will do it (IF anything does it), PT, just time passing, or what. But I'll definitely keep you all posted.

    Thanks for all the support and info!! Rosa
  • I can relate. I have bone spurs and bad spine in 3 areas...old injuries, surgieries that I've aggravated with falls. Weather has turned bad up here in Pacific Northwest and I am really feeling it too! :(

    I try to stretch and do my own versions I call 'McKenzie Lights' as well as I can (I was taught them after surgery too) but they are just too hard on me.)

    For myself, I never had a lot of luck with PT...found they pushed too hard and hurt me...just had to find my own best way of stretching..that which feels good to me. Doorways and wells work. I also like the tennis balls and rubbing tight knots/ muscles on corners. :)

    Gentle hugs to all here.
  • OK mattsmom, now I'm picturing someone hanging in a well! Hey, if it works, I'll do it! But what do you mean about doorways and wells??
    Rosa
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  • I nave been doing McKenzie for 7 weeks and am coming along. But the first 4 or 5 weeks were a bit of a stand still. So much so, my surgeon thought that I was one of the few that reherniate the disc. I just had the MRI. I don't the results yet. I also was getting terrible migraines during those first 4 or 5 wks. I think the migraines slowed my healing, maybe because I did not want to move. My doctor said that migraines could be a side effect from narcatics (darvocet), So I stopped the darvocet and took ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory drug) and at that time I improved. I also have been icing (4 times a day) and walking alot. The PT wants me to do the McKenzie execise, where you arch your back, often, like when I get out of the car, after I sit, every few hours. I still can't bend, lift, twist, or sit for more than 15 minutes. So I am still working on getting well.
  • I nave been doing McKenzie for 7 weeks and am coming along. But the first 4 or 5 weeks were a bit of a stand still. So much so, my surgeon thought that I was one of the few that reherniate the disc. I just had the MRI. I don't the results yet. I also was getting terrible migraines during those first 4 or 5 wks. I think the migraines slowed my healing, maybe because I did not want to move. My doctor said that migraines could be a side effect from narcatics (darvocet), So I stopped the darvocet and took ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory drug) and at that time I improved. I also have been icing (4 times a day) and walking alot. The PT wants me to do the McKenzie execise, where you arch your back, often, like when I get out of the car, after I sit, every few hours. I still can't bend, lift, twist, or sit for more than 15 minutes. So I am still working on getting well.
  • :)rosa, hi! :H i don't see any mention of nerve pain medications. could they help with your leg pain? I take Lyrica and find it a big help in my sciatica pain. you might talk to your doctor about this! :-C good luck! Jenny :)
  • I meant WALLS... I do a lot of stretches in doorways and on the walls walking my hands up the walls and on the sides and reaching for the tops and up the sides of doorways and doing breathing slow breathing excercises when I do it. and very gentle bending only. Nothing we do should hurt; it should feel good. :)

    Hugs, Deb

    PS Lyrica helps my pain too, agree with Jenny and you might ask your doc about a trial with this. It is a bit pricey but worth it for me. Keeps me off heavy narcotics so far.
  • Walls makes a lot more sense (but I still love the image of hanging in a well to stretch out the spine :)

    I did take Lyrica for a few years before surgery - I quit when I left the house one day with a pot on a gas burner... It really affected my short term memory.

    I do have an Rx for Amitriptyline (spelling?) and will probably try it.

    Thanks guys for all the great input!!

    I also am feeling encouraged about PT from my husband - he reminded me that when he had "frozen shoulder" syndrome, it was 5 month of PT before he felt better, but it did finally work. Not McKenzie method, but whatever!

    Rosa
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