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Having lower back ache travelling to hip and legs. Took acupuncture. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jun-2013
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Doctor:how are you?
User:good evening
User:ya good thank u
User:I am having lower back ache
Doctor:since when
User:for which I have taken accupuncture about 3 months back
User:it was good then but it repeated when I stopped that
User:this was there since 5 years
Doctor:does the pain travel to your legs or hips?
Doctor:any kind of tingling or pins and needles you feel?
User:it starts from back the higher
Doctor:or any muscle weakness?
User:it's the IT employees pain usually
User:the cause is sitting for long hours
User:but I try to give more movements and stretches
User:it relieves but returns :)
Doctor:has a Xray or MRI been done?
User:earlier doctors told it was muscle being tightened
Doctor:Did they say it was sciatica?
User:they suggested the stretches
Doctor:does that bring relief
User:to some extent
Doctor:there are a few things that we need to do here
User:I dont see it vanishing completely
Doctor:first is
User:plz go ahead
Doctor:that you need to sleep on a firm mattress
Doctor:the pillow should be below your knees
Doctor:if you're lying down straight
Doctor:and if you're lying down on your side, it should be between your knees
Doctor:secondly, after 30-40 minutes
Doctor:get up from your desk and take a walk
Doctor:third, use a pillow below your lower back
Doctor:fourth, do the stretches regularly
Doctor:next, dont pick up heavy weights
Doctor:and dont bend forward
Doctor:also, see a physiotherapist for muscle strengthening exercises
Doctor:maintaining a proper posture is very important
User:is there any medicines on top of all these?
Doctor:your back should be straight
Doctor:You can take a course of gabapentin
Doctor:in some cases it produces relief
User:is it a pain killer?
Doctor:but you would need to speak with your orthopedic surgeon about this
Doctor:a pain killer wouldnt work here
Doctor:as the nerves are getting compressed
Doctor:that pain is different from the normal pain we have
User:so what does gabapentin does?
Doctor:its actually an anti-convulsant
Doctor:it has a role in neuropathic pain
Doctor:which is what you have
Doctor:also, which stretches are you doing
Doctor:This is one helpful stretch
User:1)lying down completely straight on plane, and legs up
User:2) lying down completely and bend toward right and left
User:i will follow that too
Doctor:check this link I sent you
Doctor:it helps a lot
User:thanks doctor
Doctor:is there anything else I can help you with?
User:your answers are really appreciated
Doctor:are there any more concerns that I can address
User:thank you doctor
Doctor:thanks for consulting me
Doctor:have a great day ahead
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