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#1 posted 08-14-2016 03:57 PM

Fellow back pain sufferers unite! Like the others in the surgical brigade, I recommend:

  • Go see a good back doctor. Follow the instructions religiously. This includes physical therapy and other core-strengthening stretches. Honest to Betsy, this stuff really helps.
  • If you have a paunch (like I do), lose weight. That bay window acts as a cantilever on your spine, putting it under tension and compression and bending it out of shape. This causes much pain on an already weakened spine.
  • Bare concrete is terrible for backs, hips, knees, and feet. Put down something resilient on the floor, whether it’s restaurant mats, square-grid rubber tiling, or plywood flooring.
  • Learn to lift differently. This may be part of your physical therapy, but you will need to learn how to lift differently, and may even need to use helper devices (or actual helpers).

There’s no reason to let back pain stop you from doing what you enjoy. Let us know how things turn out.

-- Reasoning will never make a Man correct an ill Opinion, which by Reasoning he never acquired. --Jonathan Swift (1721)

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