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SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 460
Okay...I've discovered two things this past week that bring me temporary relief in specific situations:

1. When I have to stand up to do dishes, cook, etc., standing on my tiptoes, intermittently, brings moments of relief! I guess it relieves pressure on the back, si joints.

2. Sitting on the potty is painful for many of us, especially if we are petite. I now sit at an angle, knees pointed out to 2 o'clock. This puts my weight on my thighs across the opening of the toilet, instead of having my behind sinking in the opening. 

Just a couple random tips that might shave a bit of pain off the day for some of us.

Share your quirky tips!

Take care,
Sara :) 


  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Hi Sara
    I do #2 too! Haha. I find it takes the pressure off my back.
  • SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 460

    Yep! Did it for the first time today. I thought, why on earth didn't I try this sooner??? It also puts the tp within easy reach, lol! That way I don't have to awkwardly turn to get it. 

    Also, if you are going #2, you can pull the trash bin around and prop your feet up on it. It helps me! Especially if things are running slow ;)

    Oh, the things we can talk about on here! So inappropriate anywhere else!

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  • SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 460
    Now I just need a little inspector gadget arm to reach around for me and wipe  :D
  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Haha! Inspector gadget! Brings back memories! One of the things I used when my sciatica was really bad was a TENS unit. Sends little massage-like electrical impulses to the areas where you put the patches. There were times I don't know what I would have done without it! They are inexpensive and I actually got mine free using an rx.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,139
    Having both shoulders replaced, this was a necessity:

    Bottom Buddy

    Available at almost any online arthritis product web site.
    Does exactly what you need it to.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • Hi Everyone
    That is one of the things I love about this Forum that you can talk about these things since any little thing that helps is priceless.
    It is at times so painful to go potty so I am going to try the feet elevated cause going does give  some relief.
    Bottom buddy going to check that one out too. I was thinking Ron it might be helpful to have a Forum called "helpful hints" but maybe that goes under one of the others. 
    I love my tens too especially for my upper/mid back and that muscle that travels up the  side of the spine gets all twisted up.
    Ok this is nuts maybe but I wear a elastic band on my wrist and flip it when the pain gets at its worse it does take my mind off of it a bit. Not into cruel stuff but we do whatever we can.
    Take care Sherri
  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Nothing is nuts when it comes to pain relief!
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