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redrose77
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   Posted 1/9/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for back pain. I have seen my chiropractor and it didn't help. I take muscle relaxers regularly and they aren't helping. I don't like taking pain pills. I just need some relief. It is my lower and middle back and I have no idea why it is hurting so bad these last few days I haven't changed my activities.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence


okie
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   Posted 1/9/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi redrose, I'm sorry about your back. I have a lot of back problems too. I think part of it is because my lungs are an issue. Have you had any breathing problems? I use a heating pad sometimes too. Have you had a bone scan done lately? Steroids are so bad on our bones. I know how hard it is to have back problems like that. It's hard to even stand at the kitchen sink for more then a couple of minutes. Maybe you could try a new muscle relaxer? Sometimes our body gets used to something and it doesn't work as well as it used to. Epson salts and a nice soak in the tub is not going to hurt anything either. I hope someone can give  you some good ideas.

hugs

carol



systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma,sleep apnea,Megaloblastic anemia
what ever that is.
 
 


MJLD
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   Posted 1/9/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I had major back issues after really high doses of steroids over an extended period of time. It damaged my spine. As Okie said, steroids are so hard on the bones. Have you ever had a dexa scan to make sure your bones aren't thinning?

Wish I had some solutions. I figure you've tried the moist heat/ice thing. Judy

PattyLatty
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   Posted 1/10/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Redrose, My hubby has a lot of back pain, caused both from a broken back when he was in the 9th grade, and from a car wreck when he was in his 40's. He has taught me some of the excercises he does for his back when my sciatica flares up from nerves pressing on my lower back, and they help. I really should do some of these every day. I have no idea if these would help your back, nor do I know what's wrong with your back, but I doubt if it would hurt you to try some of these, and in fact it may help.

www.mayfieldclinic.com/PE-EXER.HTM

Hope it helps and hope your back gets better.

Pat
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lyrica, tri-est, cymbalta, acifex


redrose77
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   Posted 1/10/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I ended up at the ER because we were worried I might have broken another vertebra. It turns out it was a really bad muscle spasm and they gave me a muscle relaxer that was stronger than what I usually take and it worked wonders. I cannot believe a muscle spasm can be so painful but apparently they can.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence


okie
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   Posted 1/10/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   

That's great! I'm glad you got to feeling better. I was wondering about  a stronger muscle relaxer. Sometimes they help my back but because they react badly to my lungs I can't take them. I feel the releif but the next day my chest is always tight so I would have to be real real bad to do it.

Hopefully the dr will get you on the stronger meds.

hugs

carol



systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma,sleep apnea,Megaloblastic anemia
what ever that is.
 
 


PattyLatty
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   Posted 1/10/2010 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Redrose, my hubby has a muscle spasm in his back from his accident and doing his exercises on a regular basis helps it. He'll agree with you that it's horribly painful. I hope you get some relief with the use of the muscle relaxer
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lyrica, tri-est, cymbalta, acifex


Ginny
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   Posted 1/10/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Redrose,

I'm glad it isn't another broken vertebrae! I get muscle spasms a lot in my back. High, low, middle, wherever! They are extremely painful. All I can do is just try and breath through it till passes. For the inflammation in my lower back I use Diclofenac cream. It's 10% cortisone cream that you have to get a prescription for, but it's really good. Works very well.

Hope you get some relief soon,
Ginny

MJLD
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   Posted 1/11/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankful you're getting some relief! God Bless you, Judy
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