Over this past year, I’ve struggled with lower back pain. I noticed when I get out of the car or stand up from sitting position, that I have to give my lower back time to adjust before standing straight up. Then I begin walking in a way to stabilize/isolate the lumbar region which is similar to a “duck walk” waddling back and forth for a few steps. What is happening to me and why???
Lower back pain. I’m sure it’s in part, one of the outcomes from our move back in August. About a year ago, I remember moving a heavy computer desk. It was part of the de-cluttering phase to get our home ready to sell. The desk was closer to the door initially which made the room look smaller. Therefore, I took out the table on the other side of the desk and moved it back closer to corner of the room which made room look larger.
As I lifted up on the desk, something happened in my back. I felt the sharp pain and then tingling. Never had that before. For the days, weeks and months following, my back was a major issue.
To get through the move with all the lifting and bending, I purchased a back brace.
It helped some but was terribly annoying because each time I straightened up, had to readjust my pants and such.
It’s now become such an issue that I am forced to take action. I looked online and found that it’s probably a bulging disc or discs. I’m seeing my doc this week and will talk to him about it but also going to correct some things myself.
Use lumbar supportive cushion in desk chair, sofa and car seat.
I’m sitting in my desk chair now with a pillow behind my lower back and feet planted square of the ground. This is helping immensely. When I get up out of the chair, I turn it to the side, brace the arms of the chair and life up to standing position. There’s no pain.
Do exercises that force the lower back to arch in correct position.
I found this graphic below which is a great outline of the exercises that help reduce lower back pain.
Work on posture with stomach tucked especially while walking/running.
Also, I notice my back hurts while lying in bed. Check out the helpful images below of how to position pillows to help with such.
This is my plan. I let myself get so out of shape over last 2 or 3 years, that things like this are popping up now.
Hoping to get back to better health soon and with it, a stronger back for better support.