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Doctor insights on: Ab Exercises For People With Lower Back Problems

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What are some effective ab exercises that don't hurt your lower back?

What are some effective ab exercises that don't hurt your lower back?

Plank ab exercises: Typically, ab exercises require you to contract your abdominal region, causing flexion of your lower back. To avoid this, try plank abdominal exercises. The image shows the basic starting position, then variations are added by lifting your arms or legs individually to increase the intensity. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how should I deal with a lower back problem?

I'm wondering how should I deal with a lower back problem?

Several ways if back: You must be proactive in terms of lifestyle changes including: weight control, regular exercising ; not smoking. Make sure to have adequate sleep ; good vitamin d/calcium intake. Most people remain functional without spine surgery for back pain. You may need additional treatment that may include physical rherapy, medication as well as possible pain management techniques. Back support can help. ...Read more

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I have really bad lower back problems, what would be a good pain killer?

I have really bad lower back problems, what would be a good pain killer?

Avoid narcotics: Stay away from narcotic medications. Nsaids, pt, and home exercise programs can work very well. Avoid at all cost taking any "pain medications" for non-acute pathologies. ...Read more

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I have a lower back problem and was wondering if a lazy boy recliner would make it any worse?

I have a lower back problem and was wondering if a lazy boy recliner would make it any worse?

Try before you buy: It depends on what is causing your back pain. Different back pain responds to different treatment. You need to "test drive' a friend's lazy boy and see if it helps or hurts. You might also consider trying out an inversion table to see if that helps. In other cases, trampolines are the ticket. ...Read more

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My husband is having lower back problems. He says it feels like he got air. He's walking with a hunched back in pain. What can we do.

My husband is having lower back problems. He says it feels like he got air. He's walking with a hunched back in pain. What can we do.

Low back pain: Acute low back pain is often due to lumbosacral strain but other causes include ruptured disc, kidney stone, aneurysm of abdominal aorta or more serious vertebral injury. Try applying cold applications for 1-2 days and then heat. Nsaids like Advil or Aleve (naproxen) can help. Go to the emergency room if pain is excruciating or there is inability to ambulate without very severe difficulty. ...Read more

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There is such thing your nerves are crowling all over your body. I have a lower back problem. Not severe. Pain time to time. Should I be concern?

There is such thing your nerves are crowling all over your body. I have a lower back problem. Not severe. Pain time to time. Should I be concern?

Rls: Formication....Rarely pathological. Reported in those with vitamin deficiencies or overdoses...If leg predominant may be restless legs. Sometimes acutely associated with marine toxin ingestion.... ...Read more

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Any suggestions for traveling with lower back problems? I'm taking a long flight this weekend. I know pack light, rolling bags, stay active. Others?

Any suggestions for traveling with lower back problems? I'm taking a long flight this weekend. I know pack light, rolling bags, stay active. Others?

Back pain: Try to get up in the plane every 30-45 mins and stretch... Squat down and hug your knees to stretch the back, and do not forget hamstrings... Maybe take some tylenol (acetaminophen) es or Ibuprofen if you can tolerate them prior to boarding even... Darn those small seats! Best of luck! ...Read more

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Extreme lower back problems! What is the best treatment for this?

Several ways: You must be proactive in terms of lifestyle changes including: weight control, regular exercising & not smoking. Make sure to have adequate sleep & good vitamin d/calcium intake. Most people remain functional without spine surgery for back pain. You may need additional treatment that may include physical rherapy, medication as well as possible pain management techniques. Back support can help. ...Read more

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How can I soothe lower back problems?

How can I soothe lower back problems?

Several ways: You must be proactive in terms of lifestyle changes including: weight control, regular exercising & not smoking. Make sure to have adequate sleep & good vitamin d/calcium intake. Most people remain functional without spine surgery for back pain. You may need additional treatment that may include physical rherapy, medication as well as possible pain management techniques. Back support can help. ...Read more

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I have major lower back problems and my one side is hurting really bad.? Why is that?

Could be due to a --: Number of causes, which can only be diagnosed with a detailed history ; examination with investigations, like labs, xrays, mri's as advised by your spinal surgeon.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How is it possible for me to lose weight while I'm having lower back problem's and can't walk very well/ in pain?

Options: Exercise to help with the back may be the first step, and gentle steps using water therapy can help. Obviously try to focus on a healthy diet including anti-inflammatory type foods which might also help. Starting to feel healthier overall might be the best first step. Work with a good trainer or pt to guide possible exercises for all. ...Read more

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I have lower back problems for 3 years now sports massages seems to be working temporarily, also I feel sharp pains coming from my nerves?

And that treatment: Will remain temporary. You need to be proactive in terms of regular exercise routine with flexibility, cardio and core strength workouts along with lifestyle modification including weight control and avoiding smoking. If symptoms persist in spite of this, see a spine specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm young and I'm having a lot of back problems. My lower back always hurts the most. I crack my back all the time I don't know if it's making it worse.

Young: At 19 it would be unusual for you to have a serious spinal condition, but it is worth getting checked out. I personally to not believe that "cracking" your back makes a hill of beans in your pain. The cracking is simply the forming of a nitrogen atmosphere within your facet joint capsule. Google facet joint. ...Read more

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What kind of bath water helps with anxiety/lower back problems?

What kind of bath water helps with anxiety/lower back problems?

Warm water: Warmth can help. It will aid in your ability to relax. The real issue is why do you have anxiety and why do you have back pain. This needs to be evaluated in order to help you the most. ...Read more

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Tight hamstrings/lower back problems. Any advice/suggestions on how to deal with this?

Tight hamstrings/lower back problems. Any advice/suggestions on how to deal with this?

Depends: First, you need a regular exercise routine. You can try core stabilization exercises like pilates & yoga along with other flexibility routines & cariovascular conditioning as well as proper weight & avoidance of smoking. Good sleep habits on a good mattress helps & maintaining good bone density. If pain persists, get checked. ...Read more

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Can sleeping on the stomach cause lower back problems?

Can sleeping on the stomach cause lower back problems?

No: That would be highly unlikely, especially in a 22 year old. There are several much more common causes of back pain. See a rheumatologist and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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After suffering a lower back problem last week, for the last 4 days my neck has been stiff and have been getting double vision?

After suffering a lower back problem last week, for the last 4 days my neck has been stiff and have been getting double vision?

Can't put on here: Back posture is important for neck posture and neck problems. So both back in the neck go together. Where we have a question is why do you have double vision that something that I cannot clarify. I cannot fit with the rest of this, and this is that mean you discuss with your physician ...Read more

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How serious is a spinal verbre commpressed frauture when I don't have osteoporosis have other serious lower back problems and extreme pain 80% of the?

How serious is a spinal verbre commpressed frauture when I don't have osteoporosis have other serious lower back problems and extreme pain 80% of the?

It's serious: You need to see a spinal s surgeon to discuss kyphoplasties. You need to discuss your fracture and how it got there. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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I'm sufferinf from serious back problem, from the last 10 months, by lifting a very heavy patient. The ares of my pain is middle and lower back, and hips.

See your doctor: Back pain that persists for more than four weeks should be investigated with your doctor taking a history, performing a physical exam and ordering tests if appropriate. After you are seen by your doctor, you will most start treatment with medications and physical therapy. When there is pain from pinched nerves going down the legs, injections are often utilized. ...Read more

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I've had lower back problems for at least 3 yrs with shots if pain down my leg every so often. The more active I am the more it acts up. What does this?

I've had lower back problems for at least 3 yrs with shots if pain down my leg every so often. The more active I am the more it acts up. What does this?

Nerve impingment: Sounds like you are pinching nerve as it exits between bones in spine causing pain that travels down your leg (sciatica).
Common causes are foraminal stenosis (unlikely for your age), herniated disc (more likely for your age and activity level), and spondylolisthesis. These may or may not need treatment. Because it is persistent and possibly interfering with lifestyle should see doc. ...Read more

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If I have lower back problems, is it good to elevate my feet and head slightly at night in bed. My bed can do this.

If I have lower back problems, is it good to elevate my feet and head slightly at night in bed. My bed can do this.

Not necessarily: You need an accurate diagnosis as to the reason for your back pain. Back pain can be inflammatory or non inflammatory issues. Back pain can be related to joint, muscles, tendons, Bruce's, neurologic lesions etc. You need clarification of your diagnosis ...Read more

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Can memory foam beds create added pain to necks, lower back problems or mild lumbar scoliosis?

Yes & no: Scoliosis is not painful so a mattresses don't make a difference. For back & neck pain it is hit & miss. No one mattress fits all. ...Read more

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Why do memory foam beds create added pain to necks, lower back problems or mild lumbar scoliosis?

Why do memory foam beds create added pain to necks, lower back problems or mild lumbar scoliosis?

Sleep on Side: Hard to say why. Beds are so specific for each person, I would suggest trying another bed if possible. Alternatively, side sleeping puts the least pressure on the spine, especially with pillows between legs. If this is still uncomfortable consider sleeping in your back with 2-3 pillows under your legs to raise them, so back stays flat on the bed. ...Read more