First, is anyone else having a hard time *not* buying the People magazine with Angelina, the twins, and some dude on the cover? I almost had to gnaw my own hand off to keep it from throwing the mag. into my cart. I promised myself not to buy crap like that unless going on a plane…but…it’s…so….hard…to….ignore…
And now for the meat of my post. How to deal with lower back pain that then radiates down into your legs and up into your middle back/neck. I have this happen in a moderate amount every time AF shows up, but this month I’m going on 2 weeks of pretty significant pain. For whatever reason, I’m not alone in this, as Denise and Julie have been dealing with it too. From Denise’s blog I learned about Arnica for back pain, so I’m off to go find some. It can’t hurt, because I’m already feeling like my back is in the firey flames of Dante’s Inferno already.
I have found success with a few stretching yoga exercises that I will share in hopes it will help someone else out there. Feel free to leave a comment with whatever suggestions you have for back pain that I haven’t mentioned so I can try those things out, too.
*I had hoped to post videos right on the page, but they all are unembedable (is that a word?). They refuse to be embedded. It makes for a boring post, but whatevs. The links are all virus free and come with my recommendation for putting a damper on lower back pain.
Threading The Needle is amazing. The lady in the video keeps saying ‘this stretch is miraculous’ and I totally agree. I do this morning, noon, and night and whenever I can feel my back tightening up.
Modified Alligator Pose is also amazing for loosening up my back and stretching it out when it gets to the point of spasms. Just go slowly!
Yoga Spinal Massage is what I do when I get up in the morning and go to bed at night. It calms my back down and it’s hard to stop because it feels. so. good! I also take my legs and move them around in opposite directions (one goes clockwise, the other counter clockwise) for a while. Just do this alone, or hubby will interpret it as a mating signal. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Here’s a link to another video and some good info on sciatica pain. These stretches are also on my repetoire when my back gets messed up. I’ve found that my pain starts in my sciatica nerve, and if left untreated it moves upwards into my neck and then my middle back. I alternate every 2 hours between advil and tylenol when it gets really bad, like now, and also sleep with a pillow between my legs like I did when pregnant.
I keep reading that I should see a doctor if the pain is just as bad at night as it is in the day or keeps you up at night. Is this true? Does anyone have back pain that just *goes away* at night? Because mine is a 24/7 kind of thing, but I really really don’t want to see a doctor at this point. A chiropractor, maybe, but we just blew through a buttload of money fixing our sprinklers/taking the kids to the pediatrician/driving around with $4 gas prices. I just don’t have the funds at this point. So, I’m existing on tylenol/advil, stretches, and oodles of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
I haven’t tried the Jesus Pain Handkerchief yet, but it seems to work miracles (pardon the expression)…