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AlexCaro

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Posted: 09/09/20 10:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, everyone!

I love to travel and spend time somewhere outside the city. Unfortunately, the past years have been a disaster for me because I can't spend a night without my bad. I used to work as a carpenter, got a back injury, and now suffer from lower back pain. It's very hard to spend more than 6-7 hours in the car. I even tried using a massage seat covers, but it didn't help. My therapist advised me to buy a good pillow that I can use in the car during a trip. Maybe you have the same problem and can suggest any tips to make a car trip easier to 'survive'?

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Posted: 09/10/20 04:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take shorter trips to cut down on seat time.

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Posted: 09/10/20 04:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

me too ,we stop every two hours strech and walk . helps

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Now I do not know enough about your back problems to make a strong suggestion but I do know about mine... I've had a couple of falls in the 16 foot range (you hit the ground at about 20 MPH when you fall that far) one causing a break to two vertebra (L1 and 2) and have had increasing back pain for 30-40 years that I'm sure of (The falls were closer to 45 years ago)

Now Traction (I thought) would help.. I know back belts weight belts and such helped. but I felt Traction would do better.

There are two Traction systems I choose one.

One is the "inversion" devices like the Teeter Hangups.. Big Bulky and ONLY traction

The one I choose is the Dr. Ho Belt.. This is a compresson belt with air bladders YOu pump it up and it provides both compression support AND traction.

Works fairly well... Not 100% cured but I'm way more comfortable now

Will this help you... I do not know, since as I said I don't know the cause of your back pain.


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Posted: 09/10/20 06:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I suffered from back pain for 46 years, having been diagnosed at age 20. My doctor told me surgery was my only option, but wait till back surgery was more refined. So at age 66, I found a wonderful surgeon. Had my surgery and for the first time in my adult life, I'm out of pain. I ended up with 3 fusions, 2 rods, 6 screws, and 2 cages. I feel none of that and haven't had a pain pill since my surgery 3 years ago.

If surgery isn't an option and you certainly don't want to take pain killers and drive, I suggest as others have, to drive fewer hours, stop often to walk around a bit. Also, and I do this now, wear a back brace. I don't wear it for pain, but it keeps me upright and prevents slouching which contributes to pain and discomfort. I actually have two that I use. I had one I purchased years ago and then my surgeon's PT gave me one.

If you want a surgery opinion, I used a doctor in Indianapolis. He was wonderful and I knew people who had had surgeries done by him. I see you are in Chicago, so that's not far. If you are interested, PM me. My sister is waiting on an appointment for him as we speak. She is looking at surgery and her grandson is as well. He is a neurologist and neurosurgeon. Don't go to those spine doctors who advertise on TV.

I had an inversion table, a home gym, had tried shots, pills, PT, massage, acupuncture, etc. You name it, I tried it. When I saw the doctor, he said. . . surgery is the only cure. He was right. I was hesitant about going under the knife due to all the horror stories, but I was to the point where walking was difficult and impossible at times, I limped badly, and had hip problems due to the limping. So glad I had the surgery.

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Take some napoxen before your drive. Back pain is not fun. Keep the drives shorter also. You have to keep trying stuff untill you find something that helps you. Unfortunately, everyones problums are diffrent as are the cures. Good luck.


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Perhaps it's obvious, but different cars have differently shaped seats. It may be worth your time to go to various car dealers and see if you can convince them to let you spend a few hours in the seat of various makes and models; perhaps you'll find one that's less aggravating.

Maybe also try travel by train? Chicago is about as ideal of a jumping off place for a train trip as anywhere in the US, what with it being a key Amatrak hub. Trains allow you to get up and move around much more freely than cars, planes, or RVs.





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Posted: 09/10/20 08:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been taking CBD drops sublingually since February and haven't needed any pain pills or even advil, etc. since then. Might work for you.

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My wife uses a tapered seat cushion.

My advice: I started having some back pain along with leg pain in my right leg. Then my hip. Had trouble sleeping, driving, sitting. Thinking I was due for a hip replacement I went to a well known hip Dr. After exam, xrays, and MRI the consistent conclusion from all was no, hip was fine. BUT problem was spinal stynosis (sp?) in my lower back. He did not recomend surgery but insisted on physical therapy. I went to the same physical therapist I had for my rotator cuff therapy. She looked at the data, showed me where the problem was, explained what caused it, and what therapy could do. her first excerise I started on started the road to recovery. Did therapy twice/wk for a few months and the pain is basically gone. I get occasional "twinges" but as long as I do some excercises each week and pay attention to what the therapist said, I'm back to normal.

So, my advice get a checkup from a orthopedist and see what they have to say.


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Get to a neurosurgeon. Have MRI. Then discuss your condition and treatment options. You don't have to do anything that you don't want to do after that. Pain pills are not the answer.

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