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Bed rest on back for 2 months. Trying to sit up but the dizziness makes it hard. How long do I need to sit up until the dizziness will pass?

Bed rest on back for 2 months. Trying to sit up but the dizziness makes it hard. How long do I need to sit up until the dizziness will pass?

Take it slowly: It varies with everyone but you could sit up in bed for a few minutes then swing your legs to the side of the bed for a few minutes and then stand up holding onto something for a few minutes before you do anything else. ...Read more

Strict Bed Rest (Definition)

For some women, the doctor recommends total or partial bed rest during their pregnancy. They may be at high risk for preterm labor or other complications, requiring them to reduce their activity level, stay away from stressful situations, and keep the baby inside as long as possible. If your health care provider orders a dose of bed rest for you - whether it's for one day or for the duration of your pregnancy - you might try these coping strategies to help accept the restrictions ...Read more


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Just getting off bed rest from back injury super excited to be walking but I have to do it w/eyes closed or looking up cause if not I get lightheaded?

Just getting off bed rest from back injury super excited to be walking but I have to do it w/eyes closed or looking up cause if not I get lightheaded?

Deconditioning: Go slow - your vasculature and autonomic system have likely grown accustomed to you being in a recumbent position. This feeling should go away with time and exercise. Alternatively, sedative pain medications could contribute to this feeling. ...Read more

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I am 32/m. I'm having lower back pain with nerve pain in my left leg. After taking bed rest the back pain has reduced but the nerve pain is till there?

I am 32/m. I'm having lower back pain with nerve pain in my left leg. After taking bed rest the back pain has reduced but the nerve pain is till there?

Probably sciatica: It is probably a sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back that causes pain to run down the leg. Some cases do respond to rest, others need more aggressive treatment before they get better. I would encourage you to be seen at some point if it does not get better. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Slight fracture to T11 w/slight pain on right side after 2 weeks of bed rest. Going back to desk job. What can I expect for recovery&pain? Restrictions?

Slight fracture to T11 w/slight pain on right side after 2 weeks of bed rest. Going back to desk job. What can I expect for recovery&pain? Restrictions?

Good recovery: The T11 vertebra is somewhat supported by the ribs above and below. If there is a minimal compression then the healing should be fairly quick. The most important thing is to use good posture as you sit - use the muscles to support your back rather than slouching and putting pressure directly on the spine. You also want to take frequent breaks to stand and stretch. ...Read more

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7 weeks pregnant been on bed rest go back to work tuesday scared to go beacuse everytime I start to do something ill see brown when I wipe ok go or no?

7 weeks pregnant been on bed rest go back to work tuesday scared to go beacuse everytime I start to do something ill see brown when I wipe ok go or no?

U need an OB: Us at 7 weeks should be able to see a fetus with a htbeat at normal rate and can see if you have a blood clot by the placenta or not, I would do that before allowing u to go back to work, if u have a large blood clot called a retro-placental hematoma, I would not allow u to go back until it is documented it is decreasing in size which would be shown by a repeat us 10-14 days later. ...Read more

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Been on bed rest on my back for 2 months. Will my blood pressure be lower than normal when I sit up now? My normal BP before bed was 118/80.

Been on bed rest on my back for 2 months. Will my blood pressure be lower than normal when I sit up now? My normal BP before bed was 118/80.

Bed rest: Yes. If you truly have been supine for that long, I may take your body a while to get used to being upright again and your BP could be low initially. ...Read more

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2 months of bed rest laying on back. Now when I sit up on bed, dizzy headed. Even with my head propped up with pillows still dizzy. This normal?!

2 months of bed rest laying on back. Now when I sit up on bed, dizzy headed. Even with my head propped up with pillows still dizzy. This normal?!

YES: This is called orthostasis- a temporary drop in BP when going from a supine (laying face up) to an upright position- may be due to prolonged bedrest. ...Read more

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Was on bed rest in my back for 2 months. When I sit up in bed I'm really dizzy headed but if I tilt my head back and look @ ceiling it goes away. Why?

Was on bed rest in my back for 2 months. When I sit up in bed I'm really dizzy headed but if I tilt my head back and look @ ceiling it goes away. Why?

Go slow: It's called orthostatic hypotension. There is no routine on how to recover. Just gradually try to sit up. When the dizziness gets to you, lower back to a level that is tolerable or look at something solid and unmoving (ceiling). Baroreceptors in your vessels regulate your BP and they have gotten "lazy" with bed rest. Just go slow and increase your sitting up time. Takes time. ...Read more

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I've been on bed rest on my back for 2 months. When I sit up on bed I feel dizzy in the head until lay down. Do I have inner ear disease?

Unlikely: You are experiencing the blood pressure affects of prolonged bed rest making your blood vessels not contract as quickly as necessary to keep your blood pressure in your brain sufficient to keep you from being dizzy when you first try and get up. ...Read more

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I have always been physically active. I got sick and was on bed rest for about 5 months not doing much activity. How long before im back in shape?

I have always been physically active. I got sick and was on bed rest for about 5 months not doing much activity. How long before im back in shape?

It depends: Glad you are feeling better and ready to regain your health! Start with walking for 20 minutes daily. After two weeks, if you are doing well, then look into an app like gorilla for a tailored fitness program for you! Talk to your doctor about any contraindications. ...Read more

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Is bed rest the best thing for back pain?

Not really: For acute back pain, bed rest can help. I do not recommend more than 24-36 hour of bedrest, since prolonged bedrest has its own complications (blood clot, pnuemonia, sores, bone mass loss, etc.). After a short course of bedrest, progressive increases in daily ambulation is recommended. A doctor visit may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Can laying flat on my back on months bed rest without any activity cause dizziness when sitting up?

Can laying flat on my back on months bed rest without any activity cause dizziness when sitting up?

Possibly: Long term bed rest can lead to loss of muscle mass. In the legs, muscles function to squeeze blood from veins to the heart. If there is lack of utilization, it would take few seconds for the blood pressure to normalize and the dizziness to dissipate. If dizziness lasts longer, get further evaluate. Common cause includes dehydration as well. ...Read more

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Been on bed rest since June flat on back. No getting up. Should I start with exercises laying down first for few weeks then walking?

Been on bed rest since June flat on back. No getting up. Should I start with exercises laying down first for few weeks then walking?

Low intensity.: You don't necessarily need to start exercising in bed, but you should start really slow. Walking. Light weights. Preferably under the supervision of a physical therapist, especially in the beginning. ...Read more

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Been on bed rest for 2 months on back. I've been sitting up for a a few seconds cause the floaty head is awful. Closing my eyes helps it subside. Why?

Been on bed rest for 2 months on back. I've been sitting up for a a few seconds cause the floaty head is awful. Closing my eyes helps it subside. Why?

Floaty head? (Please: Explain further? Is your head feeling full, dizzy, lightheadedness. What happens when you sit up, and stand up? Bed rest for 2 months is a long time to be unable to function with your eyes closed to bring relief. What does your doctor say? This needs to be worked up further by your PCP. See an integrative medicine doctor to address dietary issues related to sinusitis, allergies, and anxiety. ...Read more

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I had a throastic MRI in june but my uppe back has not improved only worse. When I bend forward I feel it and it cracks. Usually releaved by bed rest.?

I had a throastic MRI in june but my uppe back has not improved only worse. When I bend forward I feel it and it cracks. Usually releaved by bed rest.?

Therapy: If your MRI was negative, then you might want to consider physical therapy and possibly a steroid injection. Talk to your physician. If the studies are negative, you should try to return to normal activity and stay active. ...Read more

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Can constant bed rest cause a sore upper back?

Can constant bed rest cause a sore upper back?

Bed sore: Yes, constant pressure even by lying in bed can result in a pressure ulcer in the upper back especially if it is in an area of bony prominence. ...Read more

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Prolonged bed rest. Now feel weird to stand-walk. Exhausted. No interest in things. How can I get back to normal life?

Complex approach: There seems to be a few issues going on. You will need to build up both physical and emotional stamina. Physical therapy or rehab should help you with the physical component, psychological support, depression treatment should parallel physical recovery for long term and sustained success. ...Read more

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Been on bed rest for over a month on back. Sitting up is hard with constant dizzy head. How long should I sit up each day? Hard to do with dizzy head

Go slow: You've been flat on your back for over a month. The condition is called orthostatic hypotension. There is no routine on how to recover. Just gradually try to sit up. When the dizziness gets to you, lower back to a level that is tolerable. Wait awhile and try again. Don't force yourself. Easy does it. I went through it myself once. I passed right out the first time I sat up. It takes time. ...Read more

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I had a L4-S1 Fusion 11 weeks ago, want to have kids after my surgeon approves. What should I do now to prepare my back to carry? I don't want bed rest!

I had a L4-S1 Fusion 11 weeks ago, want to have kids after my surgeon approves. What should I do now to prepare my back to carry? I don't want bed rest!

Pilates: You need to invest time in core-stregnthening exercises. This will make your back stronger and protect it from injury. A good pilates program involves core strengthening.
The physical therapy you do after surgery is very important! The surgery will not be effective if you don't get it to heal properly. Ask your PTist to give you list of exercises you can do at home to help. ...Read more

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Just recovered from being really sick. Had long bed rest. Now I get wore out so fast and legs and lower back hurt after being active. What can I do?

Deconditioning: If you had a long best rest for your illness, you are probably quite de-conditioned. You will need to "train" yourself to get back to normal.
Exercise and good nutrition are the ticket out.
Be patient with yourself. ...Read more

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I'm having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping I tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest

I'm having neck and low back pain what do I do my pain meds are not helping I tried heating pads my pain meds relaxing bed rest

Reevaluation: You may need to be reevaluated to discuss options for treating the cause of your pain rather than "just" taking pain medications, using a heating pad and resting. Based upon the specific diagnosis of the cause of your pain, there may be more powerful treatment options available. ...Read more

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If someone has laid on their back or side for a month on bed rest, would it be normal for them to feel dizzy headed laying on stomach?

If someone has laid on their back or side for a month on bed rest, would it be normal for them to feel dizzy headed laying on stomach?

Yes: Not uncommon. The physiology is somewhat complex involving the inner ear and upper cervical musculature. There is a constant stream of information arriving in the brain stem and cerebellar nuclei that depends on muscle spindle receptors in the neck muscles as well as information from both balance organs in the inner ear. Information from the visual system is also used to process information. ...Read more

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On bed rest for 2 months on back. And now I'm working on recovering by sitting up. My head feels heavy dizzy could my blood pressure be too low?

On bed rest for 2 months on back. And now I'm working on recovering by sitting up. My head feels heavy dizzy could my blood pressure be too low?

Go slow: It's called orthostatic hypotension. There is no routine on how to recover. Just gradually try to sit up. When the dizziness gets to you, lower back to a level that is tolerable or look at something solid and unmoving (ceiling). Baroreceptors in your vessels regulate your BP and they have gotten "lazy" with bed rest. Just go slow and increase your sitting up time. Takes time. ...Read more

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I m having severe back pain doctor told 15 days bed rest as I m housewife it is not possible I have lot of housework. Nothing happenes know if NT take?

I m having severe back pain doctor told 15 days bed rest as I m housewife it is not possible I have lot of housework. Nothing happenes know if NT take?

Curious: Are you sure they recommended 2 weeks of bed rest? Consider visiting a rehab doctor, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, a spine surgeon... Not sure that any of them would have recommended such a long period to be in bed. Is there anything more that precludes you from being active? ...Read more

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I m sufring from spine fractures. One at L2 nd another at b 12? I have been adviced treatment on conservative lines with 3 weeks bed rest. Kidly guide

I m sufring from spine fractures. One at L2 nd another at b 12? I have been adviced treatment on conservative lines with 3 weeks bed rest. Kidly guide

Take it easy: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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