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Told Not To Bend???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi All
First let me tell you my back issues then I have a quick question.
I have severe DDD in lwr back, Have 2 very bad herniated discs L5 and S1 also newly diagnosed Osteo arthritis in same general area like aroung S1.
Saw Dr's for workup back in 07 and early 08 ending with Neurosurgeon saying lets not open a can of worms yet let the back settle down and see what happens.
About 3 months ago started to increase in pain and ability to do things. Finally saw Back Pain Specialist Doc on Friday. We plan to do Fluorscopic steroid injections bilateraly in L5 area soon as approved by Ins. He put me percocets for BT pain. Also take tramadol, flexeril for pain and fibro.
The Doc said we could look at other options if we could tame some of the leg pain such as surgery, treatments, and something for the arthritis?
Anyway after reading many posts and articles I am scared now because He said like 3 times to me NO Bending, Do Not Bend etc...
I had been told this in past as well.
Besides causing pain could it result in any other problems like nerve damage or something? Because I forgot a couple times this weekend and bent over. It's hard not to sometimes because things just need to be done and squatting can be a bit difficult or cumbersome.
Sorry it is long but had to explain myself so I could get advise on bending question or any other advise you may have on the matter I am facing.
Note I had a series of these shots in late 07 with some relief for awhile. Not bilateraly as I remember.
Thanks for reading my long note!


  • Bending at the waist will more than likely exacerbate your symptoms and possibly worsen your herniations...You already know to bend at the knees, you just have to be very conscious when you need to, to do it everytime! With acute pain, there's no way I could possibly bend at the waist, I'd probably fall over and die from the pain! As far as a healthy back practice, you have to do it for the rest of your life. Right now, I'm on a "no bending" restriction (as well as a few others) which makes it very hard to do nursing at the bedside, especially working with kids. This has pretty much restricted me to the charge nurse role at work for a while.

  • Have you thought about getting fitted for a back brace? I have many of your same issues. That is what I did and as soon as I put the brace on it was like sweet relief.

    It will stop you from bending or twisting. I went to an orthotics place in order to be fitted for mine. It has velcro straps in the front and both sides lace up so that you can pull it tight. Kind of looks like a corset.

    I hope that this helps and good luck.
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  • HI JJ
    No I had not thought of that but that may help me from accidently bending or even twisting wrong. Maybe it will also help with the pain.
    Thanks for the info
    Hope you are doing well!
  • I bet that it will help. If you can get in to see your GP sooner they can write the script. It was amazing relief as soon as I put it on. It really helps to make you not twist or bend. It is not as uncomfortable as you would think either.
  • Thanks Farm for the answer that makes sense. I will try to be careful. Notice it hurts if i twist as well. May look at that back brace already suggested.
    Hope U feel better soon
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