Armchairs in General

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I haven't been on this back sufferers forum before, but I have had back problems for a good few years now since stupidly lifting a garden planter!  This ranges from a few good days, to severe backache after walking for a short while, to really severe pain episodes where I cannot move without agony - fortunately these are rare now.  In the mornings I am like a question mark shape and gradually straighten up as the day goes on.  It is the absolute worst on rising in the mornings and after getting up from the armchair at bedtime.  I have had some physio without any lasting result and visited a specialist some months ago because I now have creeping numbness in my upper legs.  He wanted to do an MRI but unfortunately my pacemaker doesn't allow this - so I feel it is up to me to get the best I can out of the situation.

Beds and armchairs play a large part in back easing and I just wondered whether anyone has purchased any of these products (which are horrendously expensive for the most part) and whether there really is any relief to be gained from these generally.

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    I don't know what things your thinking of trying. It maybe that the moderator got rid of that part of your post but I will tell you that in most cases things you buy are just not worth the money you spend on them. Since you get up in the morning with such pain it might be worth looking into a new mattress if your mattress is getting some age to it. It is also not uncommon to have stiffness and soreness after having sat for awhile. I also wonder if you have pain anywhere other than your lower back that you haven't mentioned. Such as your hips, arm, shoulder and neck. The reason I'm asking is because there is a disease called poly Malaysia rheumatica that can cause lower back pain and you are the stiffest and sorest in the morning and after having sat for a while. But if the pain is in those areas I mentioned previously and if it is bilateral. Also PMR pain is not controlled with the typical pain meds on the market either OTC or prescription. The only way to control PMR pain is with steroids in particular prednisone. I would recommend you look up PMR and see if it fits your condition and if it does then go to see your doctor. If not then of course you have a typical lower back problem. At that point I would recommend you see a good pain management doctor who. A pain management doctor can do a variety of things to help with the pain such as injections into the epidural or spinal cord stimulator. One thing I forgot to mention is a TENS unit. Have you tried that yet? That is definitely something you should try on your back. Those are very helpful with back pain for most people. I hope that I've been some help to you. I've been a back pain suffer for 13 years so I know what it feels like.

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      Many thanks for your reply.  Unfortunately the TENS use would not be wise with my pacemaker and I am 100 percent reliant on this now, so avoid any applied electrical stimuli!  So that is why I was looking into maybe the chair and bed relief, as a cousin visiting this week said he got a lot of relief from a lumbar recliner type chair.  Actually I was looking at the Stressless range which at least doesn't look too granny.

      My mattress is medium firm and seven years old with a memory foam topper.  It feels comfortable, although now I get pains from my hip to my foot at night on my right hand side and can only sleep on the left.  Strangely I feel no leg pain during the day at all, only about a couple of hours into the night.  I know the specialist was a bit concerned about the creeping numbness and told me to come back if it worsened - he thought it might all be due to trapped femoral nerves.  All I know is it dated from the fateful planter lift....

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    Are you assuming that you can't use a TENS unit or have you asked your doctor about it?

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      Definitely out for some pacemakers as it interferes with the pacing.  If I had known that some pacemakers were MRI unfriendly and withTENS also, then I would have requested a different one, but too late now - at least for the next ten years until replacement......
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