Back Pain Remedies?

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   Posted 10/15/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I am new in here, and y'all are Veterans at this I wanted to see what home remedies and such you have for back pain. even with the Neurostimulator, methadone, Percocet, and Zanaflex, I still have pain. I'm just wondering what all of you use to combat low back pain. I willing to bet I've tried most, as I have been at this for 7 years, but it's sure worth a shot. Thanks a bunch y'all.

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   Posted 10/16/2009 4:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jeffro the list on this could get pretty extensive lol. But here is a few things; taking up a hobby within your restrictions to divert your mind from the pain, hot tub soaks in apple cider vinegar or Epson salts very good for muscular pain, if heat helps, make moist heat packs in the microwave, moist heat is better than dry, stay as active as possible, laying around doing nothing destroys muscles, strength and overall stamina, meditation, relaxation cd's or tapes, learn how to accept you will never be totally pain free again, set small goals for yourself and be kind to your body. Lets see what the others have to say.

By the way, I would like to say welcome to Healing Well, hope you will continue to hang out with us here at the forum.
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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Susie mentioned hot packs, I like my moist heating pad...but it probably works the same as the hot packs...
Sometimes Ice helps and at night aspercream helps, especially when my husband rubs it in......
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   Posted 10/16/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I find ice helps me more than heat. Weird huh? I use Capsaicin cream. It BURNS at first, but that heat feels good. Although all of the relief is on the surface. Sometimes it feels like my bones actually hurt.

Undiagnosed low back pain after getting T-boned in a rental car. Onset: 03 Oct 2002, L4-L5 Fusion (No help) Neurostimulator Inplant Medtronic. scripts for Pain, Severe Gerd, Sleep, HBP, Super High Triglycerides, and Major Depressive Disorder secondary to chronic pain. Also 6-8 Vivarin a day just to stay awake from all the drug drowsiness, and all my caffeinated candy...Yummy!

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   Posted 10/16/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I've tried all those same things -- shots, meds, massage, SCS, blah, blah, blah...

I just got a home traction unit for my low back. Honestly, I love it. It's even better than going to the napropath (and I really liked going to see her, but she was out-of-network so it was a very rare treat). I can actually wake up in the morning & not want to curl up and die from the pain and stiffness.

I don't want to say that I am 100% -- not even close -- but honestly, this has made the biggest difference of anything I've done in a while. The SCS is implanted at C2 & it does help, but apparently if I want another lead going to my low back, I need a second battery. I'm sure you can understand why I'm opposed to that. So I'm starting the traction & just love it. Worst part is trying to fit in the time to do it. I'm thinking about getting a rug for my living room so I can do it while watching TV. :)

I sure hope you can find something that helps as much as this is helping me. I know how very frustrating it can be to keep trying one thing after another to no avail. Hang in there.

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