Back spasm & Heel pain

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   Posted 12/26/2008 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
My lower back muscles are spasming, making it virtually impossible to be pain free or comfortable. i have also noticed a fairly dramatic increase in my foot/heel pain and i dont know how to make it go away, or improve. im a high school teacher, so im on holidays, its not like my feet are getting used a whole lot at the moment, has anyone found relief from soaking them in epsom salts or similar?
any input would be sooo appreciated. im writing from bed with my laptop as my back is just out of control..
I also have glandular fever at the moment- not feeling so festive! just feeling sore and yuk.
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   Posted 12/26/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe worth investing in one of those foot baths that bubble up.  I suffer upper back muscle spasm that increases as the day passes and makes it near imposible to sit, but of course I have no choice. I seem to always feel yuk just once I wish it would totally be free of it. mad mad
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   Posted 12/26/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you aren't feeling well Mazfire. Wed. I was having horrible muscle spasms on my left side where I hurt a rib. I found my TENS unit helped with the spasms. I have had spasms in my lower back after pulling all the muscles so I sympathize with you. I wasn't in a festive mood yesterday either.
I'm not on my feet like you are so I can't help you there. I would think getting the most comfy shoes you can find would help.
Get better.
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   Posted 12/26/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mazfire,
I also suffer tremendously from back spasms and foot/heel/ankle pain.  For my back, I can't do much for it.  I have what's called Sacroiliits which is inflammation of the sacroiliiac joint (big bone across the top of my butt cheeks).  I get spasms there, and all the way up my spine. I had a very bad bout of spasms last night in bed actually.  I just breathe through them and curse at the same time, LOL. shakehead
For my feet, I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and metatarsalgia in the right.  Both conditions are very common in Fibro. My orthopedist suggested I get custom orthotics.  So I had my feet casted last week and I'll get these orthotics in the new year.  I sure hope they work. I've had terrible pain for a year now in my feet.  I'm a wedding/portrait photographer, so I'm on my feet for 12 hours a day sometimes.  I understand your pain and frustration.  I also do stretching exercises. If you google "stretching exercises for plantar fasciitis", you'll probably come up with some good hits. Like Marlee suggested, good foot wear is important.  I have to buy what's called "semi-rigid rocker bottom" footwear.  Shoes with limited flexibility. New Balance is the brand my doc suggested.
I hope this helps!
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   Posted 12/26/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I would get musle spasms at night in my one leg. My rehab dr recommended taking magnesium in the evening, at least 500mg. It helps me quite a bit. If I wake up with a spasm I'll take 250mg more and that seems to take care of it. Maybe you could ask your dr about taking it at times throughout the day. Also try to not hold your breath during a spasm. that just makes it worse. I have also had problems with plantar fasciitis. My rehab dr has worked on it, stretching it and using ultrasound a cold laser treatments. He preferred not to go the orthotics route because he feels it doesn't solve the underlying problem. It has helped alot. sorry you are feeling so bad right now but remember there is help out there for you. Just keep looking. Lisa

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   Posted 12/26/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
You might try some stretching of the muscles, if at all possible.  Using ice on the back may help.  Also, there is a right and wrong way of getting in and out of bed and in and out of a car.  I had lower back pain for years and once I learned this technique, I rarely have lower back pain.  This is what I do. 
First of all, I do not sleep flat on my back because it makes my back hurt more.  I don't sleep on my stomach either.  I sleep on my sides with my legs in a semi-sitting position.  This helps keep the mucsles stretched.  I have a pillow wedged behind my back.  This way, I can partially be on my back but have support.  That helps me.  I also get out of bed using a cane.  I roll on my side, draw my legs up in a sitting position so the legs are actually hanging over the floor, and then I push off with the cane.  Gravity will bring your legs down and you will be pulled to a sitting position without using your back muscles.
When getting in and out of a car, sit on the seat with your feet on the pavement.  Then, either using the seat or the steering wheel, swivel your feet into the car while keeping your back straight.  I buy cars with leather seats because they are slippery.  But, when I rent a car and get cloth seats I had to come up with another idea...and I did!  I get a garbage bag and a towel.  I lay the garbage bag on the seat and the towel over it.  Then I do the above.  The garbage bag and towel let  your rear end swivel like you were on a lazy susan!  LOL  Just reverse the above to get out of the car.
Don't use your back muscles when you are lifting things up.  Use your legs instead.  By doing the above things, my back rarely hurts me now.
Now, I also had plantar faciitis and I started wearing Birkenstock shoes and now I have no more heel pain either.  It took about a month to really get used to the shoes because they make you carry yourself in the proper way.  Orthotics do that too.  Anyway, now I can walk for miles with no foot pain. 
I hope these suggestions will help you.

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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have any hip problems you might want to be careful about sleeping with your knees bent because it can cause your hip flexors to shorten. That in turn can cause hip pain and further back pain. The straighter and more neutral the alignment the better according to my dr's opinion. (Sorry to disagree with you Sherrine. Glad your way helps you though) Lisa
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