Originally Posted by Spyder
What type of back problem did/do you have, if you don't mind me asking? Sciatica? Degenerative Disc(s)?
Just wondering what type of issue you have and what type of stretching is helping. I'm not even 30 yet and I've been dealing with 3 bulging discs, 1 herniated disc and a severely pinched sciatic nerve for almost 5 years now. No injections, stretching, exercises or PT have helped. It's basically a matter of dealing with it until I'm at the point of considering surgery. Sometimes the pain from walking/standing is so harsh that it causes pain sweats lol, my forehead will just literally bead up and the pain is gruesome. At that point, I have to kneel down and pretend that I'm tying my shoe so that I can "reset the pain" for another few minutes until it again feels like someone someone is twisting a Phillips Screwdriver into my hip a few minutes later. This is especially aggravating when I can't quite keep up with my 2 year old boy.
To begin with, I have a twisted and curved spine. Also have Lumbosacral disc degeneration. Which means I have almost no space between a couple of disc's, and have bone spurs around them which creates inflammation/pain.
The stretches I do are very basic, and not over done. I stand up, legs slightly apart, and bend at the waist to my side, i.e. left arm up over my head, and bend to the right, hold for about 6-7 seconds, then do the other side, I do these about 4 times per day.
Twist's. just as in if you were making a golf swing only standing straight up, I turn to the side as far as I can, and hold for 7 to 10 seconds, I do 5 of these on each side 4 times per day.
Sit down on the floor, legs pointed out at about 45 degrees and just bend over at the waist with arms out stretched touching the floor in front of you, go easy on these at first, I do 3 of these holding each one as long as I can for 5 reps.
These may or may not help you. What I would suggest is through friends or associates to find a good back specialist and consult them.
I know exactly the pain your talking about. At one point in the mid 80's, they put me in traction for 3 days, I could not walk, and was off work for almost a month. I wish I could offer more info/help, but I can't, I truly hope you find the answer to your problem, as I've had my bad back for about 50 yrs, and wouldn't wish the pain on my worst enemy.
Re: doctors, If you don't find the right doctor at first, keep searching, it took me a long time to find one that was able to help.
oh, and the meds I'm taking now is Prednisone, which is an anti-infammatory. At this time, I'm not taking any pain meds, so that good.
Good Luck, and hang in there.