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#1 Sam

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 08:44 AM

I have back pain and it is constant. I notice that latley I can't sit for long periods of time and I have to go lay down to make it feel better but it really doesn't feel better. I did go see my chiro last Thursday. It helped some. I need to see him again. Sam
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 08:54 AM

Well I was wondering how do you relieve your back pain?? I take a bath and soak for awhile, I use a heating pad and have my husband rub it for a bit. I noticed lately that my back hurts when I sit to long. So I have to get up and lay down for a bit to releive the pain. I also take a pain med but it doen't even touch it. I did see my chiro last Thursday and need to see him this week too I think. Well I was just wondering. Sam
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:32 AM

Hi Sam ....... Is it back pain from muscle spasms? You can get a TENS unit that send stimuli through the muscles to stop the spasms. If you go to a PT/chirop they should be able to get you one through insurance. My son also goes to sleep each night laying on a heating pad because of back pain. I did not know it could be related to the scleroderma. I just assumed it was weak muscles.
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:51 AM

Hi Sam,

There are so many different reasons for back pain, and I wondered if you've ever had any x-rays, CT scan, or an MRI. My chiropractor was the one that discovered that part of the cause of my back pain was OA--this was in 1985--and it's a tricky balance of movement, rest, heat, and meds to keep the pain at bay. I was also born with small spinal abnormalities which worsened everything, so that's the rest of the problem. There's part of the pain that won't be touched by any of the "stronger" meds, and just an OTC anti-inflammatory quite often helps considerably more, and you can ask your general practitioner for more suggestions. If you've never had your back thoroughly examined, please do! I'm sorry you have to endure this since it can be more than maddening, and hope that some relief comes soon.

Best wishes to you,
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 11:23 AM

Hey Sam,

Sorry to hear about your back pain. It's a daily issue with me. It's been hard to decide if it's connected to my disease or a "mechanical back" as my rheumatologist calls it. I find that the more active I am the better. Sitting is the worst! Start walking as much as you can and make sure it's not on too much of an incline. Also massage, acupuncture and chiropractic therapy really helps me. Also having a good bed is important.

Hope you get relief soon.
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 01:28 PM

Hey Sweet, hello! I do walk everyday but not alot of walking due to it hurts my lower back and left hip. I know it's from the OA that is bothering my back, plus I slouch and that doesn't help any either. I was just wondering what people do when there back hurts . Sam
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 01:29 PM

I have been having problems with my lower back and my neck. I was out too long on Sunday and I thought my back was going to break. I don't know why it hurts.
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 02:15 PM

Well keep us posted Sam, I sure hope you can get some relief. I'm sure you'll get some great advice here. :)
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:57 PM

Hello, I was diagnosed with systemic SCL nearly two years ago, but sufferred with back and neck pain for nearly nine years. Along with this pain where all the little signs of scleroderma, indigestion and raynauds etc.

My rheumatologist doesn't really focus much on the back or neck pain. I have been seeing a chiro for years which has helped. I finnaly had a lower back X-ray last year and it showed degenerative disc and facet disease in four spots, in other words arthritis. It's funny how the chiro didn't pick it up.

So with that diagnoses I now know what activities to avoid, ie running (ouch) crouching, walking on uneven surfaces and some yoga poses.

As it has been explained to me, Sclero affects the connective tissues, and these tissues such as ligaments and tendons hold our spine together. So weaknesses in these tissues means problems in our spine. It makes sense to me.

Sitting is impossible for long periods, but on some days so is walking. I am slowly learning what movements I can and can't do, but we gotta move.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 04:21 AM

Yes I had my back and hips x ray. I have OA in both and in my back I also have some scoliosis. I only can take certian meds because of the Ulcerative colitis. So I am limited. But thanks everyone.

I didn't realize I had two messages go through, I thought one went away into space.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 04:24 AM

Thanks everyone that replied. Yes hopefully the pain will subside soon. I'm calling the chiro again to day to see if I can get in. Take care, Sam
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Posted 17 January 2007 - 06:33 AM

Thankyou, for bringing this up Sam. I have been having back pain my self over the past few months. With so many of you having the same problem , in a strange way , it actually gives me some relief. It's very difficult for me to decide when I need to go in to see one of my doctors.

Thanks again , Katherine

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 05:18 AM

Katherine when in doubt go. Sam
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