Fibro and bad posture sleeping habits

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vestabula
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   Posted 11/15/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
maybe the 8th time is a charm??
 
I have scoliosis, cyphosis, spinal stenosis, 2 disc compressions and an anomoly they picked up on a scan that shows the bottom two vertabrae in my back never developed completely.  As a kid, all I heard was 'stand up straight'.  I would love to.  Soon, I will be kissing my knees from a standing position.  I have been given a devise by a chiro that criss crossed around my neck and back designed to force my muscles to reconfigure.  While wearing it, I looked like the Hunch Back of Notre Dame, plus it rubbed my skin raw.  Then a Harrison Rod was suggested.  I don't think so, after seeing a video of the surgery and this poor woman's recovery.  Being allergic to morphine, demoral and most narcotic pain killers I don't intend to spend the next five years screaming.
 
I sleep in the fetal position.  When I wake up there are two  pancake sized red marks on my inner knees and of course they are numb.  The pillow I put between them is on the floor.  I can't sleep on my back or stomach as my back tingles immediately.
 
I don't just sit with my legs crossed, I snake them around each other.  Last week my hairdresser told me to unravel my legs or I would look like Billy Idol.   My left leg is actually 'fatter' than my right from this horrible habit.
 
While standing at the sink, or are in any prolonged upright position, I clench my butt cheeks, hike my shoulders into my neck and ball my toes up into the end of my shoes.  No wonder my feet tingle.
 
I have scattered post it notes all over the house...'stand up straight, uncross your legs, unclench that fat butt of yours'.  I have asked my husband to tell me when he sees me doing these things.  After twenty years, he is just used to my posture.
 
At 62 years old, not 61, I have got to get a grip on this.  Fibro is bad enough without me doing things I can prevent.  Any suggestions, tapes...shock treatment...something??
 
donna

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   Posted 11/15/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I remember seeing somewhere that fibromites do tend to round their shoulders and bend forward, which shortens the muscles of the upper back and shoulders, causing headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain. I know my posture has become horrible, but it's getting better with pilates, as I am more aware of my body position now.

But since you already have all these reminders... The only other thing I can suggest is maybe PT, where they can show you exercises designed to strenghten the back and core muscles? Did your chiro mention this to you already? I woudl not want to go the surgery route either!
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vestabula
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   Posted 11/15/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Mamanan...No one every suggested PT for me.  First of all, I don't have any health insurance as we lost coverage when we moved from VA to NY.  The only explanation I got for my 'standing posture' was that I have Meniere's Disease which affects balance and maybe I do these things with my feet, shoulders and back to compensate.  Makes sense but I don't know if that's it.  Believe me, if I ever win the lottery a PT is the first place I will go.

 

 


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   Posted 11/15/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Here is a link to pilates and posture. Scroll down just a bit to the alignment exercise. I hope this can help you! Hopefully some other who have been to PT will come aroudn soon with some more tips for you. Then again, I don't have the back issues that you do, I can't imagine all the extra difficulties this might present for you!
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   Posted 11/15/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed when my fibro is bad, my shoulders are up around my ears. I have to constantly remember to push them down and straighten my back out. So I do think that it effects our posture.

Good thread,

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vestabula
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   Posted 11/15/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

thanks for your suggestions.  I just talked to friend who has a Pilates cd she says I can borrow.  I'll try it!

donna

 

donnaeil
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   Posted 11/15/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna,

I would like to suggest pool exercises. If you cannot walk into the pool, they have a special chair that places you in the water (brrr).

I am glad that you are not wearing a contraption that would inflict pain. It sounds brutal.


The arthritis foundation offers classes on all types of exercise, aquatic, tai chi and at home ones. Go to their web site. They have cd's and information about where you can take the class. Many pools offer scholarships which make it easier to attend.

After trying all three options, I think water exercise is the best for me. It helps loosen stiff muscles and easily improves my range of motion.

take care, donnaeil

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   Posted 11/15/2008 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna,
I am doing biofeedback to help me with bad habits of how I hold my body.

Yoga helps too.
Sue

vestabula
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   Posted 11/16/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys, for your helpful and sensible suggestions.  I am sitting here at the computer right now with my shoulders back and my legs uncrossed.  It's torture and my back tingles but I know I have to make a conscious effort to undo the damage.
 
By the way, I forgot to mention in my initital post that I tried 'Rolfing'.  When I lived in VA Beach, which is probably the New Age Center of the World, Rolfing is quite common along with other alternative body manipulation techniques.  All I can say is "HOLY CRAP"!  She dug, then twisted her elbows into my muscles for over an hour(supposedly to stretch the fascia and break up lactic acid crystals) and I swear I saw Elvis.  I was supposed to have ten of these treatments and I lasted through three.  She takes naked pictures of you before the treatment, then after each treatment so you can see the difference in your height, posture etc. The only difference I could see was the horror on my face.  I looked like the Crypt Keeper.
 
I wouldn't suggest this to anyone with fibro, as alluring as I have made it sound.
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