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    Old 03-18-2019, 07:33 AM   #1
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    Curious about back problem

    I am a 52 year old woman, 5'3, 145#. My back has hurt since I was a teenager, mostly on the lower left side, about 6 inches above my hipbone in the back. It hurts if I have to stand for any kind of extended period of time where I'm not moving (like in a line). It also hurts if I have to sit in any sort of reclining position at all. I can lie on my stomach or my side or I can sit exactly upright so that my body weight is balanced over my hipbones, but I can't recline at all or the back starts to ache. This seems to be the opposite of what many back pain sufferers experience, so I was curious if anyone else had this type of back issue and if you knew what was causing it. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with my spine, my spine never hurts - it's always a muscular ache off to that left side. It can be pretty severe. Advil helps but does not erase the pain completely.

    (going to the doctor not an option, cannot afford, understand this is not medical advice but just curious if someone else can't sit in a reclining position and what might be causing that - and yes, I am trying to lose weight, but I've been as low as 110# and it did not change/improve the back issue so I do not believe it is weight related)

     
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    Old 03-18-2019, 06:35 PM   #2
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    Re: Curious about back problem

    Welcome to the board. I wonder if you have ever had your feet evaluated for a pronation or something similar. Our posture is based on the foundation of how we stand, with the feet being the first building block of structural alignment and posture. The ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and head are the remaining blocks that all sit atop the feet.

    Iím wondering if something is a bit off that is throwing off or preventing you from having good structural alignment...which results in some compensation in muscles and soft tissue in the hip back and spine areas.

    Following is a simple exercise you can do that should provide some relief when this pain starts acting up. It helps to realign the spine and gives the discs a chance to unload.

    Lie flat on your back on a firm surface (like a carpeted floor). Bend knees and place feet flat on floor. Place arms close to sides with palms facing up to the ceiling. Be sure your body is in a straight line and that the pelvis is in neutral position. Now relax. Breathe deeply from the belly so you can see the belly rise and fall. Maintain this slow, deep, relaxing breathing for 2 to 5 minutes.

    For this to be most effective you should do this every day, twice a day if you have time...I do it after first getting up and again before going to bed at night. I also do it whenever my lower back begins to feel tired or achy.

     
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    Old 03-18-2019, 06:56 PM   #3
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    Re: Curious about back problem

    [QUOTE=teteri66;5493054]Welcome to the board. I wonder if you have ever had your feet evaluated for a pronation or something similar. Our posture is based on the foundation of how we stand, with the feet being the first building block of structural alignment and posture. The ankles, knees, hips, shoulders and head are the remaining blocks that all sit atop the feet.[/QUOTE]

    That was incredibly helpful because I know for a fact that I have flat feet and I overpronate, but it has literally never occurred to me that this could cause a back issue.

    Seriously, thank you! That really gives me something to work with! I will try the exercise as well.

     
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    Old 03-21-2019, 08:47 AM   #4
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    Re: Curious about back problem

    Sorry, I just noticed your response. Oh that is exciting that you already know you have foot issues! Now you must proceed with care in making a sound selection of who to help with the corrections! I can tell you from experience that there is a huge variance in how orthotics are fitted, in part depending on what type of ďprofessionalĒ you choose. I would suggest you find someone with a tie in to sports medicine - Iíve found podiatrists can border on being potentially dangerous to oneís overall well-being, as can the orthotics one sees on the Internet, etc.

    Very briefly, when one over pronates, it throws alignment off beginning with the ankle joints and progressing on up the legs...to knees, hips, etc. When this occurs over the years, it can actually change the structural alignment of the spine, can affect the sacroiliac joints, etc. I realized in my 50s that I had spent most of my life standing with most of my weight on my left leg (with it edout to the side). I probably would have developed lumbar issues anyway...but it didnít help! I have had four lumbar surgeries and am fused from L3 to S1.
    And, I wear orthotics!

     
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