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    Baby got back...pain.

    I've struggled with lower back pain for years, and I'm getting a bit fed up with it. I wake up every morning feeling pretty stiff but usually loosen up to some degree within the first couple of hours. But I'm frequently uncomfortable. Always shifting and stretching things out. About every eight months or so, I find that I get completely locked up.

    Most of the issues seem to be concentrated in my lower back and hips just to the right side of my spine. When things are bad (like they've been the last four days), I'll find an hour massage (still havenít done so with this episode yet) somewhere which makes a huge difference and reset me for a while. This makes me think that it's all muscular/alignment related and not a disk that's giving me problems. It could be nerve related with a pinch or sciatica, but Iím donít know enough about this stuff to pin point a particular diagnosis.

    Like I said, I'm usually functional during any given day but feel that I'm on the cusp of debilitation. A basketball game, or helping someone move away from putting myself out of commission. If possible, I'd love to gain back some quality of life. Here are what I think my possible culprits are:

    Age: Iím 40. Things seem to have gotten worse over time.

    Height: Iím 6í6Ē Maybe relevant, probably not.

    Weight: Iíve put on about 20 lbs over the last 10 years of being married/having kids. Having said that, it only puts me at 205, but the weight is all belly weight and even though Iím not worried about the weight itself, Iíd like to get it off my stomach and either get rid of it or put it somewhere else as muscle.

    Bed: Given that mornings are where I feel it the most, I can only assume that my mattress isnít doing me any favors. Weíve had our current mattress for about 4 years now. We bought it when my wife was pregnant with #3. Itís one of those sleep number beds and I figured it would be good since our preferences are polar opposite. I like firm, she likes soft. I was hoping for a miracle cure, but havenít really seen any difference. I play with my numbers every once in a while to see if it makes a difference, but havenít managed to find the unicorn sweet spot.

    Sleep style: I tend to sleep on my right side in a semi fetal position. Is there a ďbest way to sleep to avoid back painĒ position?
    Lack of activity: Iíve never been a ďgym guyĒ but when I was younger, my field assignments were definitely more strenuous. I havenít been running/cycling for years and my overall fitness level has probably dropped considerably. Now that my youngest is nearing two and doesnít require the constant tending to, Iím feeling that I can start getting a little selfish and take some time during the week work on increasing my activity, but the thought of bending over on a bike or trying to run in my current condition, makes my lumbar ache.

    Any recommendations? Several years ago, I got sucked into a chiropractor black hole for several months. It would only help for a few days (much less effective than massage therapy) and there was never any discussion about ďwhat to doĒ outside of making more appointments. I know that Iím not a flexible person and that stretching would be beneficial, I guess I just need a little hand holding for this to show me what really works and whatís just rolling around on the floor. Iíve heard that Yoga can be a game changer for guys like me. I guess Iíd be open to it, but only if I could look that pathetic on the privacy of my own home. At least during the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-Ute View Post
    I've struggled with lower back pain for years, and I'm getting a bit fed up with it. I wake up every morning feeling pretty stiff but usually loosen up to some degree within the first couple of hours. But I'm frequently uncomfortable. Always shifting and stretching things out. About every eight months or so, I find that I get completely locked up.

    Most of the issues seem to be concentrated in my lower back and hips just to the right side of my spine. When things are bad (like they've been the last four days), I'll find an hour massage (still haven’t done so with this episode yet) somewhere which makes a huge difference and reset me for a while. This makes me think that it's all muscular/alignment related and not a disk that's giving me problems. It could be nerve related with a pinch or sciatica, but I’m don’t know enough about this stuff to pin point a particular diagnosis.

    Like I said, I'm usually functional during any given day but feel that I'm on the cusp of debilitation. A basketball game, or helping someone move away from putting myself out of commission. If possible, I'd love to gain back some quality of life. Here are what I think my possible culprits are:

    Age: I’m 40. Things seem to have gotten worse over time.

    Height: I’m 6’6” Maybe relevant, probably not.

    Weight: I’ve put on about 20 lbs over the last 10 years of being married/having kids. Having said that, it only puts me at 205, but the weight is all belly weight and even though I’m not worried about the weight itself, I’d like to get it off my stomach and either get rid of it or put it somewhere else as muscle.

    Bed: Given that mornings are where I feel it the most, I can only assume that my mattress isn’t doing me any favors. We’ve had our current mattress for about 4 years now. We bought it when my wife was pregnant with #3. It’s one of those sleep number beds and I figured it would be good since our preferences are polar opposite. I like firm, she likes soft. I was hoping for a miracle cure, but haven’t really seen any difference. I play with my numbers every once in a while to see if it makes a difference, but haven’t managed to find the unicorn sweet spot.

    Sleep style: I tend to sleep on my right side in a semi fetal position. Is there a “best way to sleep to avoid back pain” position?
    Lack of activity: I’ve never been a “gym guy” but when I was younger, my field assignments were definitely more strenuous. I haven’t been running/cycling for years and my overall fitness level has probably dropped considerably. Now that my youngest is nearing two and doesn’t require the constant tending to, I’m feeling that I can start getting a little selfish and take some time during the week work on increasing my activity, but the thought of bending over on a bike or trying to run in my current condition, makes my lumbar ache.

    Any recommendations? Several years ago, I got sucked into a chiropractor black hole for several months. It would only help for a few days (much less effective than massage therapy) and there was never any discussion about “what to do” outside of making more appointments. I know that I’m not a flexible person and that stretching would be beneficial, I guess I just need a little hand holding for this to show me what really works and what’s just rolling around on the floor. I’ve heard that Yoga can be a game changer for guys like me. I guess I’d be open to it, but only if I could look that pathetic on the privacy of my own home. At least during the beginning.
    I'm fighting something that sounds similar, although maybe not as advanced. I can do most activities in moderation without getting laid out for a day, but strenuous activities like a long hike or run will put me down for a day or two. I can always feel it lurking there. I try to use an inversion table and stretching to keep it from flaring up.

    Swimming can be a great exercise for those with back problems. It usually won't exacerbate problems, and may even help as the core back muscles strengthen. Lots of barriers to entry, including cost and convenience. But don't let lack of experience be a deterrent. I took it up a couple of years back for the first time and it's a quick learning curve.

    Walking is is low impact and can be better at losing fat than high intensity exercises.

    Yoga is good, as it focuses on core strength and posture. There are yoga dvd's or YouTube videos out there. P90x had a YogaX end as part of its program you could possibly find cheap. Other core exercises can be helpful as well, as long as you focus on form and posture. Planks, leg lifts, etc.

    Good luck. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or cure. The thing that has helped me most is to try and stay active and be consistent at stretching. When I slack off, I notice it gets worse.
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    I am a fan of inversion tables for those who can tolerate them. It does a good job of stretching muscles that we don't/can't stretch with conventional methods like the psoas
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    while bending over to tie my shoes yesterday I threw out my back. Thankfully I have a a zynex machine at least it can divert the pain for a little bit
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