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Lower back pain, poor sleeping posture, diet and exercises - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   i have a small problem...
Doctor :   please proceed with your query
User :   i get a pain...low back...every day i wake up in the morning
Doctor :   ok
User :   i dont know if it is the sleeping position or the bed or it is something else...
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender
User :   35 and male
User :   the pain goes off through the day...
User :   this is happening from psat 4 to 5 days...
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know if you smoke or consume alcohol
User :   yes...i smoke regurlarly and alcohol once a week
Doctor :   may i know your height and weight
User :   5.8 and 63...kind of approx...
Doctor :   ok
User :   sorry..73 kgs
Doctor :   do you travel by 2 wheeler to work ?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
User :   i travel by the office bus
Doctor :   may i know the nature of your work ?
User :   am a software designer
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   for how long do you work
Doctor :   and does it include long hours in front of the pc?
User :   work for almost 7 hrs and include long hours in front of the PC
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   can u elaborate the pain ?
User :   it's just above the waist/hip...
Doctor :   ok
User :   it usually there for an hour or the morning...
User :   or after a sleep...
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you have pain in your leg?
User :   then there is not much
User : pain in leg
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   let me explain it to you
Doctor :   back pain is common with the work lifestyle you have
Doctor :   nearly every one in 5 patients complain of it
Doctor :   but, you need to be very careful so that it does not aggravate
Doctor :   here are a few suggestions for you
Doctor :   are you there
User :   yes
User :   i was listening...reading :)
Doctor :   ok
User :   but i was wonderin why this happens in the morning...any reason?
Doctor :   thanks
Doctor :   i wil continue and then you may ask me questions , is it fine ?
User :   yes...
User :   sorry to interupt...
Doctor :   no worries
Doctor :   1. life style modifications is a must
Doctor :   smoking and alcohol aggravate the back pain and makes the bones suffer, it can lead to worsening of the condition
Doctor :   so cut down as much as possible
User :   ok
Doctor :   2. daily physical activity is compulsory
Doctor :   be it morning walk or evening exercises , or yoga or gym any form of activity
User :   ok
Doctor :   this is very helpful in relaxing your back
Doctor :   there are specific exercises
Doctor :   which you can learn
User :   ok...
Doctor :   10 mins of them daily will put you away from pain
Doctor :   like stretching and similar exercises
Doctor :   never lift heavy weight
User :   ok....
Doctor :   be very cautious at home or anywhere before doing it
Doctor :   also , make sure you are as comfortable as possible when you sit at work
User :   ok
Doctor :   also may i know what mattress do you use ?
Doctor :   is it soft or hard ?
User :   the soft ones..
Doctor :   you must avoid soft ones
User :   it used to be hard a month back...i changed it...
Doctor :   for back pain ideal would be semi soft or hard cotton beds
Doctor :   so hard beds are always advised
Doctor :   folow tis is possible
User :   ok...i had issues with the hard shifted to soft ones
Doctor :   take frequent breaks when at work
Doctor :   this will relax the muscles
Doctor :   most of the back pain due to weight gain
User :   ok
Doctor :   so dialy activity and keeping fit helps
User :   ok
Doctor :   i would also want to suggest you ona good diet
User :   yes please...
Doctor :   include good amount of health food
Doctor :   like green vegetables , fruits they help
Doctor :   avoid fat food and junk
User :   ok
Doctor :   also have food rich in ragi
User :   yes....that's my breakfast...everyday...ragi balls
Doctor :   that is rich in calcium
Doctor :   good for the bones
Doctor :   so contiue the same
User :   ok
Doctor :   follow these measures
Doctor :   and if the pain is more you may take a pain killer
User :   ok...
Doctor :   Tab Dolo 500 MG
Doctor :   one tab half hour after meals
User :   ok
Doctor :   and consult an orthopedician
User :   sure....
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   did i answer all your questions ?
User :   yes...thanks a lot....
Doctor :   pleasure here
Doctor :   bye for now
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