I just washed my sheets and realized another tip that I do without even thinking now. When I tuck the sheets in, I turn around backwards. It's much easier to tuck under a heavy mattress when you turn backwards, bend at the knees and keep your back straight, and tuck with a hand at each of your sides. If you're standing right at the mattress, you won't even have to reach back at all.
Making a good hospital corner is hard to get used to, but even if you just do the rest and tuck frontwards only for the corners, it'll be easier on your back.
I don't dread sheet washing day anymore!
Yes, that is a great idea. I usually bend at the knees and find that it makes making beds and other chores requiring bending much less stressful on the back. Thank you, Lori
"When I go grocery shopping, I make sure to put the cold things in one section in my trunk so that I only have to get them out immediately, and the other things can sit there either until I need them, feel like it, ....!"
I wanted to add this about the COLD ITEMS...have all items that must be refrigerated/frozen put into DOUBLED PAPER BAGS about halfway up--you will want to fold the top down good!! Paper bags are excellent for insulating...your frozen things stay frozen and your other items will remain cold for a couple of hours, especially in hot weather. Tried and True method!!
Yes, another good idea is to carry a large cooler in the trunk of your car in case you have no help or are just too exhausted to carry in the things once you get home and are tired from the grocery store's hard floors. Lori
Hi: I just thought I would tell you about a topical analgesic that I really like that I've used for about 40 years ( I'm old) I still like BioFreeze, but I think this other gel works better and last longer. It's a horse linament, so you have to buy it at a tack store (horse store). It's called BigelOil or Gel and works really well. It also comes in a spray but I haven't tried that yet. Growing up my mother used this on my legs when I had those bad charlie horses from growing pains, and I've continued to use it. It's mostly menthol based, so it does smell strong, but the relief in pain is worth the small problem of smell. If you like the smell of menthol then it won't bother you.
Try it if you want, it last's much longer than the OTC sprays and gels that you get at the drug/grocery stores. If it works for horses it should work real well on us ROFL. It gives a very pleasant cool feeling that temporarily numbs the area you apply it to. I forgot to mention that it actually reduces swelling as well which really surprised me, since the others usually don't do that. I've been using it on nerve, bone, and muscle pain from my back and on my joints for RA. Good Luck...
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And yet there is another called China Gel that is worth it's weight it gold! A little goes a long way! I use it for headaches as well messaging it to the sore trigger points on my head and it's non greasy but it does have THAT scent!. I did have a question, Dietpepper had told me that there is a stickie for Pre Op and Post Op, obviously found the Post Op but can't find the Pre Op!
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How to 'water' your dog...I have two Vizsla's and they each have a dual bowl caddy on the floor...however...they drink alot of water! It's very hard for me to bend over and pick up the water bowls so...I fill up the coffee pot with water from the tap and pour from a standing position...takes a while to get your aim correct but it's a heck of alot easier than bending over 8 times a day to pick up the bowls! Good thing I don't drink coffee all that much anymore!
Secondly, luckily my husband vaccums most of the time but I highly recommend investing in an Oreck Vaccum Cleaner. They are a little pricey but only weigh a few pounds and anytime you have to service it they can actually fix it really cheaply (I've got a new brush, cord, etc. and never spent more than about $30). My parents first had one and then I got their hand-me-down years ago...let me tell you...it's worth it's weight in dirt! My Mom can even use it in her wheelchair it is so light!
Laundry is alot easier with a front load washer on the pedastles - I can just reach in and transfer - no bending!
Lastly, I thank God I have toes like a monkey! It's taken some practice but I can pretty much pick up anything with my toes...pills that fall off the counter...paper...dryer sheets...hey...it's not that great of a talent but at least it keeps me from bending over!
Hi all - try getting a freestanding toilet paper holder. You can place it where-ever so that there's no reaching or twisting, which we must all avoid at all times! Plus they're cute & easy to change rolls.
Tuck a lightweight nylon jacket around your drivers' seat. That way you can sit back down into the the seat & then smoothly swivel into driving position - less drag on your pants & torque on your back.
Sleep in silky jammies - you can do the same thing getting in and out of bed as with the drivers' seat. Further, you can move around more easily as you shift in bed, so you may be less likely to a.) hurt yourself, and b.) wake up while shifting (translation: better rest!).
Get a recliner!!! Couches and fixed chairs don't let you find a personalized resting position. You want one that tilts back at varying degrees both on the back and the foot rest.
I trained my dog to sit still on the deck while I stand in front of him, at a lower level on the pavement when I'm putting on his leash & collar to walk him. The sit and stay command does it!
I duct taped a flat throw pillow to the low part of my desk chair for good lumbar support.
Were good walking shoes - always. Bare feet and weird heels and flip flops are bad news for us back sufferers.
I am so happy to find this post and also this forum. this was the first thing that came up when I did a search for back pain forums. I use a long armed retriever as I call it to pick up things, especially stuff out of the dryer.
My computer is stacked so I can reach it standing up.
I have a kitchen timer so I don't stand or sit beyond a certain amount of time though I have a very hard time adhering to it.
I am so lonely with this problem. Hopefully there is a post for the loneliness that comes from chronic pain and not being able to go out much.
Wheels are helpful. I have recently purchased a little utility cart which has three wire drawers with a wooden top. I can gather up out-of-place things from around the house and wheel them where they need to go. Or, if I'm working on a project, I can use it to take the "stuff" where I want to work on it. I also purchased a two-wheeled dolly which is very light-weight and is capable of carrying up to 150 lbs. I can use a bungie cord to secure whatever to it and wheel heavier stuff quite easily.
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I now keep a little rolling luggage rack in my car with a small empty box on it. It's tiny and light and fits nicely right behind the driver's seat. Whenever I have things I need to transport, like packages to the post office, I put them in the car one at a time, so it's not a heavy load, then when I get where I need to be, I take out the luggage rack with its empty box, put the stuff in it one thing at a time, and then once I'm in the place, unload one item at a time. No more carrying a load! Takes a lot longer, but I don't hurt myself! (I guess we get MORE exercise sometimes, just because it takes so long to do things!) This would work well in the house, too, but I love your idea of the rolling cart with drawers!
Just thought of something else I've got. No idea what to call it, but it's made of durable plastic, collapses to about 18"x18" square and 2" wide. Two wheels and a handle with a decent length to it. Golly, can you possibly visualize what I'm talking about? <g> Comes in handy when I've been to the store and nobody's home to help. No idea where I got it. I run across things sometimes when I'm just wandering about.
Hi everyone Happy New Year to you all. I am a newbe to this forum and have been reading many of your wonderful ideas.
I have had two back surgeries and have been left with nerve root impingement. My left foot has very little feeling in it and also my left leg on the one side, i am in continual pain and take many different meds. I am always looking for ways to make life easier for me to get around. I have a wonderful husband that helps me alot and thinks up great ideas. One of them i would like to share with you today. In our laundry room I could no longer bend over to sort the laundry, my husband observed this, the room is small so no room for tables,stools on floor. Across from the washing machine he made a custom cupboard as high as I could reach and as deep as was possible, he put a drawer in the bottom for storage and a door on the top that pulls forward and each side is supported with a chain, when door is down you can take out what ever color wash you want to do. The door is then closed and kept closed by two good magnets, the top of the cupboard has been cut open to an oval shape, so i can throw dirty laundry in. The room is on the main floor, I do not think this would work for a large family, we only have one of our sons still living at home. I do a wash every other day, it works out well. Many people have seen this cupboard and have commented about it's usefulness for disabled people. Also I am tall and have awful trouble getting up from low seats. My husband once again turned our couch upside down and screwed 2by4s (for solid support)around the base of the couch, drilling holes for the longer legs that we purchased to make the couch higher. I am not a light person and the extensions that one can purchase in a medical supply shop are defiantly not for heavier people, done it, been there nearly ended up on the floor lol. I hope some of you find this info. useful, I am in my mid 50s and I never thought I would be afraid of falling down, tripping which i have done several times and thinking ahead of every move I do before I do it so i do not hurt myself. But hey i can still drive my car and visit my friends. God Be with you all.
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Thanks for the information, Emily. I have been left without too much information as to what I can and can't do. I was wondering why my back was so painful after cleaning. I had no idea vacuuming was a no-no.
I have been feeling pretty helpless and useless. I have decided I must be proactive and will now do the exercises I have found posted religiously. Have you found any help with Chiropractors or Medical Doctors? I just don't know where to go or who to believe. I am just beginning my journey, so I would appreciate any help you can give!
Hi, I am also new to this site I had a 2 level infusion & a decompression done by a discectomy. My pain is worse now than it was before, I am also feeling very frusterated cause going from a wife, mother, & friend that did everything for everyone else to not being able to do much at all. tried to go back to work as a cook and that didn't last long. I am unable to stand to sit for long periods at a time! am also on a lot of meds that make me fell fuzzy and have no memory at all! Just want to konw how long recovery takes it has been 4 months and I stay at the same level that i at before but am more disfunctionable. when i drive can't step on the brake to fast without massive pain or cough or sneeze for that matter!! Things could be worse I guess!
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lay on your stomach with a pillow under chest -- can't hurt ya -- see if you feel better. I usually watch tv this way (okay, I am always in this position since my physical therapist wants me in that position at all times) so my spine is in extension. Whatever you do, don't sit on the couch or overstuffed furniture. Get a lordosis pillow. Try not to sit at all if you can. It's not easy, it may take a long time, but maybe one of these days, I'll wake up and feel like I did when I was normal and I hope you all feel that way!
Hey there, i ran across this threa and thought it was great! Did anyone have any more ideas on the laundri and being downstairs? My hubby is supposed to move it all upstairs soon, but in the meantime he is working and now my son starts tommorrow i have four other children but it's hard to get them to follow through on thier chores especiallywhen dads gone and even when they do it's not right but i give them and A for effort, but like if i tell them socks need to be done they will like throw five mismatch pair in a some other clothes and call it good. Yes hubby does some as well but he also works all day and or you forget cause your too busy doing the rest and until theres nothing clean and thats easy with a house of seven. I am thinking if this works i can keep all the dirty laundry upstairs and sort it and have them take a load down as it is. Does this sound workable? I don't know what else to do! It's also a struggle with my one son who is BP to get the dishes done on his day even if theres a reward ect. but some days i cannot stand long enough to them for him nd i'm pretty happy with that as long as hes going to school and staying out of trouble. Yes i know i could get a dishwasher and actually have one but i don't even know if it works because i got it on pickup from the neighbor and it's not hooked up and trying to get my hubby motivated on that end is a chore itself! Any suggestion please let me know!