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Can a soft mattress make my spinal stenosis worse?

Can a soft mattress make my  spinal stenosis worse?

No: No, however, lying on your stomach may increase the arch or sway or lordosis of your lower back that could aggravate your symptoms and if thereis advanced stenosis, lying flat on your back may also do the same. Most people sleep in a fetal position on either side for relief like bending over for relief opening up the stenosis. ...Read more

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Can sex make disc herniation worse?

Can sex make disc herniation worse?

Sometimes: Any activity that increases intra-abdominal pressure (tightening of the stomach muscles) will increase the pressure on the disc and thus pinch a nerve harder. This can be uncomfortable until the symptoms of the herniated disc resolve. ...Read more

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Can memory foam beds make lumbar back problems worse?

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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Can food and lifestyle choice make my herniated disc worse?

Can food and lifestyle choice make my herniated disc worse?

Yes: Food only affects a herniated disc if it's contributing to obesity. Lifestyle, like leading a sedentary lifestyle, or overdoing activity when your body isn't ready for it, can contribute. It is important to stretch, exercise, strengthen the paraspinous muscles, and keep your weight at a healthy level. ...Read more

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Severe back pain made worse by deep breath, movement, and daily activity. Not made better with rest, ice, heat, or tylenol (acetaminophen).

Severe back pain made worse by deep breath, movement, and daily activity. Not made better with rest, ice, heat, or tylenol (acetaminophen).

Many reasons: At you age group, back pain can be due to many causes (disc disease, muscle spasms, tendon damage, kidney/ovary pain, etc). Please see you doctor for a full exam to better aid in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pain in back, neck, shoulder and getting worse. Neck, sacrum, lumbar xrayed, sacrum, lumbar MRI show aging but nothing more.Help, what should dr look for?

Pain in back, neck, shoulder and getting worse. Neck, sacrum, lumbar xrayed, sacrum, lumbar MRI show aging but nothing more.Help, what should dr look for?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. You physician will know what to look for after taking history, physical examination and may be some imaging studies. ...Read more

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Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

No: Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation. Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensitivity such that the cold is perceived as painful. It might be difficult for the person with herniated disc pain to differentiate that pain from the hypersensitivity associated with the cold because temperature and pain are transmitted on same nerves. ...Read more

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Better to lie prone or supine with low back disc pain?

Better to lie prone or supine with low back disc pain?

Everyone different: In general i encourage people to mix rest, sleep and injury specific exercise, and the sleep phase should be done in the most comfortable position possible to maximize rest and recovery. ...Read more

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Can mjnimal spondylitic changes at l3-4 on lumbar xray make legs feel weak?

Can mjnimal spondylitic changes at l3-4 on lumbar xray make legs feel weak?

Possibly yes, depe -: Nds on any associated disc herniation or nerve involvement while the spondylitic lesion might me minimal. Need to go ; see a spine surgeon who can evaluate/dx/treat you. Good luck. ...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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After spine surgery(microdiscectomy),what is best to sit down on a flat hard or soft surface?same for sleeping?

After spine surgery(microdiscectomy),what is best to sit down on a flat hard or soft surface?same for sleeping?

You're the chairman: Sitting in a chair puts the most pressure on your discs. Standing and lying flat, less.So if you must sit, get up frequently and stand.Another thing you can try at home is the lying chair (my invention):lie on your back next to a couch and put your legs up on the couch,then relax. Sort of like sitting in a chair that's been tipped backwards. When sitting, use a cushion behind your back for support ...Read more

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Does putting hot water make foot swelling worse or better?

Does putting hot water make foot swelling worse or better?

Generally worse...: Heat opens up capillaries and other blood vessels which allows more blood to enter the area. This can make swelling worse. www.orthodoc.aaos.org/footankle. ...Read more

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