Extreme back spasms?

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   Posted 11/11/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
The past month I have been having really bad back pain and back spasms.  It starts when I am exercising (keep in mind all I can do is light stretching and short walks).  Once it starts it hurts for days and is really really bad (like when I would lift something really really too heavy and strain my back- back in the day when I lifted heavy things!).  Anyone who has anything for me I would really appreciate it!
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   Posted 11/11/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Trish, I'm having that right now.  For me, it's a combination of things.  I've, of course, overdone.  But, even when I did too much my back didn't hurt that much.  BUT, we have had a storm system going through here and I feel like I have been lifting weights.  I'm walking with a cane in the morning until my ibuprofen kicks in.  I also have a back massager that I put in a chair and let it massage my back.  Its' gentle and I can adjust the intensity. 
Just baby your back, don't lift and stick with gentle stretches.  There are some good ones in Fibro 101 that won't hurt that area.  If you bend for anything, put your hands on your legs and push yourself up so you aren't straining those muscles.
Lastly, I used to have really bad back pains until I learned how to get in and out of a car properly and in and out of bed properly.  Here is what I do now.
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 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.  I hope these suggestions will help you, too!

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   Posted 11/11/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever used Tiger Balm? I bought mine at CVS and it works great for muscle aches in my back. You'll just have to get someone to rub it in. It heats up and really gets those muscles relaxed. Just take it easy and take Sherrine's advice! I'm going to start using it too! LOL

Have you talked to your doctor about muscle relaxers? I've heard Flexeril is a good one, though I'm not taking it currently.

Hope you feel better soon!

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Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

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   Posted 11/11/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Lots of good advice from the others,

Also maybe hot shower or epsom salt baths.  Whirlpool would be great but who has one of those.

I take flexeril for my daily muscle spasms 10mg 3x a day.  I also take my tramadol at the same time.

Take care and hope u find relief soon!

Rhonda :-)

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   Posted 11/11/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
My suggestion is to take supplemental magnesium which can be easily purchased at a reasonable cost. I used to have very bad leg spasms at night and my chiropractor recommended that I take 500mg of magnesium about 2 hours before bedtime. It really helped. I will take more if needed and during the day. Just be aware that it can cause diarrhea but is a very useful supplement for muscle problems. Many people here take a combo of magnesium and malic acid. Lisa
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   Posted 11/11/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Trish, Backs spasms really are a real pain! I have experianced too many. Do you know
what the cause is? They can be caused by strain and inflamation, spinal stenosis, arthritis,
or degenerative disc disease. If it is an ongoing thing, definately get it checked out by your
doctor. You might have scar tissue building up in your back from a previous injury.

I have been to chiropractors, PT numerous times and ended up with having back surgery
due to degenerative disc disease. A MRI will rule out spinal stenosis or DDD. Nsaids will
help with inflamation and Flexeril is great. Hope you can find pain relief soon!


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