Lower back pain

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Pedz
Pedz Member Posts: 41
edited 17. Jun 2015, 10:27 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi all just a quicky i have beern experiencing a lot of discomfort in the lower back area, when standing or sitting for any length of time, cant decide if this is linked to the RA that has taken residence in the rest of my joints other than hips and spine, just wondering if anyone has similar lower back isues
And if its just normal back ache,? Yes i said "normal" ha ha nothing normal anymore is there folks
Thanks in advance
Pete.....
before you can live a part of your life has to die, most people will never experience this.....guess i have a gift.....

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  • dibdab
    dibdab Member Posts: 1,498
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I guess lots of us get back pain from time to time, I know I do, and like you I've wondered whether it's part of RA or just one of those things. I do think that when we change our stance or gait to favour bits that hurt it can knock on into other parts of the body and cause pain there.

    Deb
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Yup, been there, done that and still have it. In my case I think it's arthritis-related due to the issues with my toes, ankles, knees, hips and sacro-iliac joints: no matter how I sit, stand or lie something's uncomfortable! You may find a lumbar support cushion helpful, or a hottie to ease tense muscles. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Pedz
    Pedz Member Posts: 41
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thanks folks
    Just one of those things I guess, living the dream right now Meds seem to be working wonders, hope it's lasts as walking without putting your toes on the ground requires something of a tenique, and now walking more or less normally, that said 12 hr shifts here at work are a bit of a challenge, finally allowed back to work after 5 weeks off company doctors totally over reacting but go through fit to return medical however I am under scrutiny from my employer, here is a question " is a progressive degenerative disease " covered under the equalities act 2010 ?
    Finally I like the sound of that hottie soothing my tense muscles............lady's form an orderly que :-)
    before you can live a part of your life has to die, most people will never experience this.....guess i have a gift.....
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Cheeky boy! :lol: I like your sense of humour, Pedz, it appeals to my inner schoolboy (which is odd 'cos I is a gurl).

    I am very pleased that the meth is doing what it should, in my mind I am certain that this is part of the secret to gaining a good outcome: efficient diagnosis, start the meds ASAP and less harm should be done. Keep up the good work! DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Pedz wrote:
    I like the sound of that hottie soothing my tense muscles............lady's form an orderly que :-)

    OK. I'm in :wink:
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • Jaclyncollin
    Jaclyncollin Bots Posts: 36
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I am no exception; I do get back pain time to time; I blame it to my knees. My rheumatologist explained to me about referred pain caused by the fact that I was not walking well because of inflammation in my feet and knees. If nothing related to inflammation, you should ask for physio; it may help to strengthen any abdominal (back supporting) muscles.
  • Pedz
    Pedz Member Posts: 41
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi yes I know what you mean and I have a meeting with nurse in 2 weeks so I will mention it then, it's good to talk about the stuff that affects all of us on here our nearest and dearest sometimes just don't get it.... At all!... I think so far I'm lucky to have good movement in most of my body also strength training helps me feel better about myself, and that's a big thing in my opinion, keeping it together on the inside helps me on the outside.
    Love the fact that we have this site to talk things over, and get information, and all manner of hints and tips, I have found myself, as ,I guess most of you guys have, having conversations that until recently wouldn't have even crossed my mind, so here we are the incurable, fact, I think perspective is called for: quote my dear sister Diane when she was diagnosed as terminally ill, "sh** happens".

    Oh and the que haven't really developed as I'd hoped so looks like the job is yours :-)
    before you can live a part of your life has to die, most people will never experience this.....guess i have a gift.....
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
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    Pedz, my rheum insists that RA in the spine and sacroiliac joints is not that common. I saw a specialist spinal orthopaedic surgeon who disagreed and said that RA can mostly certainly affect the spine. It's a sneaky beast. :( Even when my inflammation is under control, I am prone to terrible back ache. Physio advised that, when you're in pain generally, you often don't hold your core muscles properly, might tense your back and slouch. This is certainly true of me and I try to do exercises to improve my core strength; pelvic floor exercises and all that jazz! I once had a fabulous deep tissue massage on my back. For the following 48 hours, I felt like I'd be hit by a bus but once that passed (!) it was blissful relief. At £60 a pop, it wasn't cheap though!
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    I have developed the start of OA in my lower back. I have a hotties gel pad which you can strap round the waist which helps and at my last orths review I was referred to physio. I'm trying to focus on posture and make sure I sit in supportive chairs etc.
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,655
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    It IS good to talk on here as our nearest and dearest don't always want to hear our latest aches and pains do they?

    :roll:

    Your sister Diane get it about right ;)

    Love

    Toni x
  • Pedz
    Pedz Member Posts: 41
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hey sorry for late reply kinda busy few days
    I feel sometimes it's best to keep the minor stuff to my self rather then spending our "us time" droning on about aches and pains, shrimp does a fab job of supporting me and has a way of cheering me without even trying, our relationship is great we have similar interest and enjoy our time together however RA has become an unwelcome visitor in our life and for a while all we talked about and worried about... we are getting through this now and back to our old ways doing the things we did before, ok with some limitations but I consider these to be minimal, I think what I'm saying is we have done the accepting the situation, and moved forward, now a hospital appointment is just a shaded square on the calendar, life is different yes, but I am living and enjoying every day with my lush little shrimp, can't help but think that with out her, things would not be as upbeat. That said this is an excellent platform to voice our woes to fellow suffers, and I think helps to normalise things at home.
    And yes Diane got it spot on, the toughest bravest girl in the world, love her to bits
    before you can live a part of your life has to die, most people will never experience this.....guess i have a gift.....
  • dibdab
    dibdab Member Posts: 1,498
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    She sounds like a star............to be treasured! Glad that you're both working your way through to some kind of new normality, life's for living not regretting........just working out what we can and can't manage, and what we'll tolerate in order to do stuff that really matters to us.

    Take care.

    Deb xx
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Hello again, Pedz, how are things now? DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • theresak
    theresak Member Posts: 1,998
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    Hi Pedz, I admire your attitude, and your sister must be an absolute marvel!

    Hope things are improving for you.
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
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    Hello Pedz..I do hope there has been some improvement in that back...mine is not behaving at the min, and the only thing that helps is pregabalin and heat...and yes it is good to talk about things something I am not good at.. :roll:
    Love
    Barbara