I’ve had back pain since my twenties. Back then I thought I could do anything. And I certainly tried to.
But often I ended up injured. At 30 I had back surgery to take out pieces of disk in my lower back that had broken apart. Back then they didn’t offer the option of physical therapy to me.
Six months later I found myself in the same position with horrible back pain plus sciatica. I decided not to have surgery again.
So I’ve had physical therapy at times as I got older, but these days with Covid I don’t want to go that route if I don’t have to.
Yesterday afternoon I received this massage mat that I’d ordered from Amazon. I slept on it last night in my recliner. It helped a lot. It also provides heat.
Readers here have given me lots of advice I’ve been heeding, such as various postures and stretches on the floor.
I still use a cold pack, which helps quite a lot. And I also use heat and switch back and forth between them.
Here is my ice pack. It is large and covers most of my back. It is 21 by 14 inches. It had great reviews. I always shop Amazon via the reviews.
Shiatsu Back Massager:
This Snailax shiatsu back massager with heat should be arriving in the next few days. I’ve sat on similar ones in stores, but always thought they were too high in price, as in $150 to $200.
I found it on Amazon for $99 with a $20 coupon. So I got it for $79.
You can use it in your chair. And for those working at home, you can use it in your office chair as well.
I also ordered a back brace. There may be one somewhere in this apartment, but I don’t feel good enough to go looking for it.
Here is the heating pad I use. I had another one for over 20 years, but it was wearing out. This one is thick and feels wonderful. It is 12 by 24 inches.
I also use Biofreeze as an instant coolant. Usually first thing in the morning when my back feels tight and stiff.
Biofreeze is a roll-on product and penetrates quickly for fast pain relief.
Rolling Carts To Move Heavy Items:
This is more of a preventive measure.
I finally broke down and ordered a cart. Many of you have encouraged me to order it. But I guess I kept thinking: I don’t need a granny cart yet!
Well, obviously I do. I have to take my trash down to the end of the four-plex to the dumpster. When I’ve cleaned out Ivy’s litter box, the big plastic bag is quite heavy. Maybe now I can use the cart when it arrives.
Not to mention groceries from my car to my apartment door. I live in a one-level, but even though it’s probably not more than 15 to 20 feet to my door, I’m sure this will help.
Last week I carried 4-5 bags at a time, and that’s probably what helped contribute to this bad bout I’m currently experiencing.
I don’t like actual pain pills like Hydrocodone. But sometimes I use Turmeric supplements.
Recent studies have found that turmeric, a flavorful spice popular in India, may help relieve joint pain.
Here are a few exercises for sciatica and lower back pain I found online.
Comment if you have other ideas for back pain. I’m open to all, because back pain and sciatica can be truly excruciating and it certainly limits your normal activities.