Posted 3/28/2021 9:33 AM (GMT -6)
Hi Goldengirl43, did you injure your back, lift something wrong or a gradual onset? Besides chiropractic care what else have you tried? Sorry for so many questions, lol. There are quite a few things you can try that are OTC. Something I still use is the pain patches that contain Lidacaine, these help me a lot. I switch between Salon Pas & Tiger Balm patches. Another one I use is Voltaren topical gel, that is now available OTC. It takes a week or so to be able to tell the difference. It is specific for arthritis pain. Alternate using moist heat & cold packs too. Have you tried any of the OTC NSAIDS? Light stretches can help too. In the summer I get in the pool, the water helps relax the muscles. TENS Units are another helpful tool. These can be bought online or OTC.
I have gone through various mattresses over the years. I cannot sleep on one that is soft, pillow tops are out for me. We curently have a mattress called Bliss, it is firm but it's not like sleeping on concrete either. By far this has been the best mattress for me. It's about time to get a new one & the only place I have found it is on Amazon. It's made in NC & I cannot find a retailer here in Texas that sells them. We are not all the same though when it comes to mattresses. Always keep in mind the age of your mattress. My furniture is on the firm side. I have a chair & ottoman that I usually sit on in the living room.
Look at your shoes too. I wear sneakers 99% of the time. The past few years I have been wearing Sketchers go walker's. I have to have a shoe with good support, either a good walking shoe or even a running shoe. I keep 2 pair on hand so that I can switch them out & not wear the same one over & over. I've probably tried every brand out there & end up switching because they will stop making the one style that I liked so well, lol.
Another thing to try is sleeping on your side with a pillow tucked between your knees, this helps take the pressure off of the back. It does take some getting use to. They say not to sleep on your stomach, this was easy for me since I was never a stomach sleeper.
If I can think of more tips I will pop on & post some more. Take care.