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What is the recommended mattress topper for someone with back problems/sciatica?

What is the recommended mattress topper for someone with back problems/sciatica?

Hard to Say: Everybody is different regarding there needs in sleep. I would test out a few before committing to one. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more


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Can u have sciatica back problems without pain?

Can u have sciatica back problems without pain?

Sure: Numbness and tingling are not pain. Also weakness is not pain. Sciatica is a term that defines a pain syndrome starting from the spine, however sometimes people only have the above symptoms without the pain. You should probably get evaluated to make sure its not significant. ...Read more

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How can you get over sciatica back problems?

How can you get over sciatica back problems?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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Can jumping rope cause more lower back problems if you already have sciatica, or is it safe to jump rope? I don't want to make things worse.

Can jumping rope cause more lower back problems if you already have sciatica, or is it safe to jump rope? I don't want to make things worse.

Jumping: Can either irritate the issue or you may get lucky and it doesn't. try it out if to hurts more, then stop. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy 12/5 woke to low back pain today has gotten worse but I also have history of back problems bulging and herniated disks l3-s1 coincidence?

Colonoscopy 12/5 woke to low back pain today has gotten worse but I also have history of back problems bulging and herniated disks l3-s1 coincidence?

Most likely it is: A coincidence given your history although one should look for any signs of fever, chills, sweats or general malaise or not feeling well along with any pain more than usual especially with spasm that does not improve with rest. There is a remote possibility that an infection can occur in a disc via the circulation when one has had a procedure in a region with known bacteria like the gut or mouth. ...Read more

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Do memory foam mattresses cause forward head posture. I got one 6 months ago and I'm starting to have back problems. I don't know if its the mattress.

Do memory foam mattresses cause forward head posture. I got one 6 months ago and I'm starting to have back problems. I don't know if its the mattress.

Maybe: I am not aware of any medical studies showing that memory foam mattresses cause forward head posture or back pain. In fact, there are few studies showing a link between mattresses and back pain, although a 2003 study showed that a majority of patients did better on a medium firm mattress. ...Read more

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I already have back problems from tumbling but my old mattress isn't helping the matter either. What can I do if we can't afford a new mattress?

I already have back problems from tumbling but my old mattress isn't helping the matter either. What can I do if we can't afford a new mattress?

Exercise: One of the most effective solutions for anyone with back pain/problems is to strengthen the muscles of the torso with exercises that target flexibility and strength building in the muscles of the abdomen, upper back, and lower back. Just be sure to have your doctor make sure there are not any more serious issues before you begin a new exercise regimen. ...Read more

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Is Pilates exercise good for back problems?

Is Pilates exercise good for back problems?

Back issue: Any exercise program which is consistent, emphasizes core strenghening and stretching is valuable for healing most situations which involve the back. One key aspect
Is to start slowly and increase incrementally If one stops for awhile then you adjust accordingly by decreasing time and intensity of your program. ...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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Can memory foam beds make lumbar back problems worse?

No although certain: Body positions and inadequate sleep can affect your back symptoms. In general a mattress should be comfortable and moderately firm or supportive. ...Read more

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Why do memory foam beds make lumbar back problems worse?

Why do memory foam beds make lumbar back problems worse?

It could be one of: Several reasons. You could be a stomach sleeper which is generally not a good position for someone with a back problem. The memory foam may not allow to easily change positions during your sleep. The memory foam may not offer enough firmness for your back to be supported. ...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

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I am 36 with severe lower back problems. I never feel good never have energy or want to do anything and I have no sex drive. What's wrong what can I do?

I am 36 with severe lower back problems. I never feel good never have energy or want to do anything and I have no sex drive. What's wrong what can I do?

Decreased libido: Women's sex drive is more linked to the emotional state than man's. .... If you feel like you are not loved, respected, like you are not able to communicate with your partner... Libido is the first to go... Stress and exhaustion also play a big role. Stop and truly communicate with one another... Check out marraigetoday. Com. Pain can also be a real mood killer try acupuncture/ accupressure.. ...Read more

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Severe lower back problems which affect walking at times. Could sitting at the computer for long periods of time be the cause? This pain started about 4 weeks ago. I am 73 years old and am in good health as far as I kno. Was diagnosed with deteriating

Severe lower back problems which affect walking at times. Could sitting at the computer for long periods of time be the cause? This pain started about 4 weeks ago. I am 73 years old and am in good health as far as I kno. Was diagnosed with deteriating

I: I don't think the computer is the main problem. You should be mindful of a good posture while sitting on the computer. Having problems walking could be indicative of a condition called spinal stenosis. Based on your age other possibilities include metastatic carcinoma to the spine. You need additional evaluation with x-rays and an mri. Have this evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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After a trip&fall, need PT for knees&hands. Each PT session, PT tells me to do a bridge (bend knees, tighten abdomen, &squeeze butts up&down20X).Have chronic lower back problem. This exer. Hurts my back. Shld I stop doing it? PT says it's good for back/hips.

After a trip&fall, need PT for knees&hands. Each PT session, PT tells me to do a bridge (bend knees, tighten abdomen, &squeeze butts up&down20X).Have chronic lower back problem. This exer. Hurts my back. Shld I stop doing it? PT says it's good for back/hips.

I believe most: Experts advise against doing any exercise that hurts. This goes against the long-held dictum, "No pain, no gain." This has largely been determined to be unhelpful. You might check with your treating physician, or simply tell the physical therapist that you prefer not to do anything that aggravates pain. If she/he insists, ask to see another therapist. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Is centralisation of back pain from sciatica good?

Generally Yes: It suggests that sciatica is resolving. However if it continues you still may want to see a pain/spine specialist for more relief. ...Read more

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Will using a board under a mattress help with low back pain?

Possibly: Placing a plywood board under a mattress can help with low back pain, especially if the current mattress is old, too soft or sagging. If, however, the mattress is firm or relatively new, the board will probably do very little in terms of helping with back pain. ...Read more

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I've be have problems with my back which I believe is stress related as I have been under day to day emotional stress for the last 9 months. Is there any small exercises I can do? I believe it might me a sciatica problem. Many thanks

I've be have problems with my back which I believe is stress related as I have been under day to day emotional stress for the last 9 months. Is there any small exercises I can do? I believe it might me a sciatica problem. Many thanks

Core strengthening: Exercises that strengthen the core can be helpful in maintaining integrity and reduce stress on the spine. Typically disc herniations will resolve on their own as soon as 3-6 weeks or as late as 6-9 months. Just depends on how you take care of yourself, exercise, anti-inflammatories, tylenol (acetaminophen) and if you need to lose weight that will help immensely. ...Read more

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I have intense pain in the back side of my right leg, just above back of my knee when sitting or driving. Its a very localized area and does not radiate. I am in good shape, jog, walk alot. Might I have pulled something? Read up on sciatica, doesn't s

I have intense pain in the back side of my right leg, just above back of my knee when sitting or driving. Its a very localized area and does not radiate. I am in good shape, jog, walk alot. Might I have pulled something? Read up on sciatica, doesn't s

Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. If this doesn't resolve it or touch doesn't hurt, consider this being sciatica and get spine evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm 24 male. I have sciatica nerve problem to my left leg, if I move my leg, I feelsomthg is moving at my left lower back. Is it serious prob? Why is this?

I'm 24 male. I have sciatica nerve problem to my left leg, if I move my leg, I feelsomthg is moving at my left lower back. Is it serious prob? Why is this?

See a Spine Expert: If conservative care and stretching doesn't help, seek advice from a spine specialist. You may need stronger anti inflammatory medication or possibly an epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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My 4y/o has cp- physical issues only. He complains of leg, hip, &low back pain. What type of mattress would be best for him?

Memory or Select: I'm a spine specialist in sycamore but don't specifically treat patients with cp. I don't see why a young child with CP should have different mattress needs than the rest of us. I usually recommend cooled memory foam mattresses because they tend to be firm, but also allow a bit of contouring. A select number may be better for him so he can adjust the firmness a bit. ...Read more

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I am sure it is sciatica but I just want to make sure. I have been having lowr back, right leg, and a sharp groin problem. Is this Sciatic?

I am sure it is sciatica but I just want to make sure. I have been having lowr back, right leg, and a sharp groin problem. Is this Sciatic?

Consistent: Your symptoms are consistent with lumbar radiculopathy, where the discs in your lower back push on the nerves that go to your legs. Sciatica is a type of lumbar radiculopathy that affects the sciatic nerve causing posterior leg pain. ...Read more

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What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?

What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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When doing pelvic floor exercises I sometimes get sharp pain in back or sciatica pain running down leg? I have no spine problems.

When doing pelvic floor exercises I sometimes get sharp pain in back or sciatica pain running down leg? I have no spine problems.

Sciatic nerve: The sciatic nerve comes out of an area of the pelvic floor muscles. If you are contracting these muscles or if they are inflamed / irritated the sciatic nerve can be irritated. Stretching and chiropractic would be helpful. Also, there are Physical Therapists specifically trained to improve pelvic floor tone. ...Read more

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Would sacrolilitis or SI joint dysfuncation cause sciatica? Or is Piriformis syndrome more likely, Had MRI of spine and no disk problems found.

Would sacrolilitis or SI joint dysfuncation cause sciatica? Or is Piriformis syndrome more likely, Had MRI of spine and no disk problems found.

Yes: An abnormality of the SI joint such as an inflammatory condition, for example can cause a "sciatica". This is because the L5 nerve, which forms part of the sciatic nerve, runs right over the SI joint. Piriformis syndrome is another example of a condition that is not spine related but can cause sciatica. A detailed exam can usually destinguish the cause. ...Read more

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Reasearched and think have sciatica problem. Other than operation what is the best solution? Pain in lumbar (real bad) buttocks, and legs sometimes.

Reasearched and think have sciatica problem. Other than operation what is the best solution? Pain in lumbar (real bad) buttocks, and legs sometimes.

Back & Leg Pain: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more