Having lower back ache travelling to hip and legs. Took acupuncture. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats
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I am having lower back ache
for which I have taken accupuncture about 3 months back
it was good then but it repeated when I stopped that
this was there since 5 years
does the pain travel to your legs or hips?
it starts from back the higher
or any muscle weakness?
it's the IT employees pain usually
the cause is sitting for long hours
but I try to give more movements and stretches
it relieves but returns :)
earlier doctors told it was muscle being tightened
Did they say it was sciatica?
they suggested the stretches
does that bring relief
to some extent
there are a few things that we need to do here
I dont see it vanishing completely
plz go ahead
that you need to sleep on a firm mattress
the pillow should be below your knees
if you're lying down straight
and if you're lying down on your side, it should be between your knees
secondly, after 30-40 minutes
get up from your desk and take a walk
third, use a pillow below your lower back
fourth, do the stretches regularly
next, dont pick up heavy weights
and dont bend forward
also, see a physiotherapist for muscle strengthening exercises
maintaining a proper posture is very important
is there any medicines on top of all these?
your back should be straight
You can take a course of gabapentin
in some cases it produces relief
is it a pain killer?
but you would need to speak with your orthopedic surgeon about this
a pain killer wouldnt work here
as the nerves are getting compressed
that pain is different from the normal pain we have
so what does gabapentin does?
its actually an anti-convulsant
it has a role in neuropathic pain
which is what you have
also, which stretches are you doing
This is one helpful stretch
1)lying down completely straight on plane, and legs up
2) lying down completely and bend toward right and left
i will follow that too
check this link I sent you
it helps a lot
is there anything else I can help you with?
your answers are really appreciated
are there any more concerns that I can address
thank you doctor
thanks for consulting me
have a great day ahead
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