Please can anybody suggest some back and neck exercises that have worked.

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  • #46696

    Marticulous
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    So so fed up with osteoarthritis. I’ve lost count of the tablets, remedies, exercises that I’ve tried. I can honestly say nothing has helped that much so far. The jury is still out on the strong CBD Oil I’m trying at the moment.

    #46697

    lc
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    Hi Martin, I’m afraid it’s one of those things that there is no quick fix. and like me it’s a case of acceptance that this is how you are and use the best that’s available to you. in a combination of tablets and exercises, and what I have learnt from CBT and mindfulness to gain that acceptance of this is how i am in a kind and non judgmental way and be as positive as you can in enjoying life and it’s little pleasures, regardless of constant pain and ever decreasing mobility over the years, I found it’s about living in the moment now,as best you can, not the past or future and stop trying to chase that miracle cure,as of yet there isn’t one, and beating myself up over it all.the only thing I try is new ways of trying to make me more comfortable that works for me. as you know we are all different and what methods work for one does not mean it works for you it’s all trial and error to what combination of meds ect work for you best. hope the cbd oil works for you,keep positive and keep moving/exercising as best you can as this helps. take care and best wishes. Lee

    #46698

    Marticulous
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    Thanks Lee. Just one of them days where it becomes psychologically overwhelming. I keep trying mindfulness and I can’t get my head round and even worse is that I keep falling asleep.

    Regards

    Martin

    #46699

    lc
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    Hi Martin, there is no wrong in falling asleep while doing meditation, maybe if you haven’t already, try reading the post for where i was explaining to Helen on this site as she done a mindfulness course and wrote blogs about it which is worth a read too, this might put you in a better picture of what mindfulness is about try typing in breathworks for health course in mindfulness in the search forums box and click search . I think it may help you get your head round things about mindfulness. take care and best wishes. Lee

    #46700

    Marticulous
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    Thanks very much Lee. I will do that.

    #46701

    lc
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    Hi martin, your welcome, nice to hear from you again,take care and best wishes. Lee

    #46702

    Marticulous
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    You to Lee. I was doing well on Pregabalin and Amitriptyline but had to change to Gabapentin due to side effects. Gabapentin isn’t working as well as Pregabalin was. Cant win lol.

    #46703

    AnnieD
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    Hello Martin Marticulous – has your posture been reviewed – does your body tilt forward?
    As I had neck & buttock issues following a car accident, and I always thought they were linked, and only 4 years later when I saw an amazing physio who specialised in vertigo as by that point I’d gotten that too, did he tell me a lot of problems were also due my posture – and that I looked like dracula about to go in for the kill, and that he thought I might have osteoarthritis – as this is apparently a common issue, and I didn’t other than regular degeneration, as I used to limp a lot – it finally got diagnosed as pelvic nerve damage.
    However he said you need to focus on core strengthening muscles for your back/pelvis to improve your posture, so I sit on this cushion on my chair (a cheat’s way to exercise as you don’t feel it doing anything, and it’s the equivalent of sitting on an exercise ball), and it’s transformed my posture, and neck/buttock pain levels.
    I’m not on any medication as I can’t tolerate the side effects anymore, so completely understand how you feel…
    I hope you find something that helps you sooner rather than later…
    take care & best wishes AnnieD

    #46705

    Marticulous
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    Hi Annie,

    I did see an osteopath a while back before I was diagnosed. He said my pelvic was out of alignment and he corrected it. My posture at work is good now as I have a 15 minute reminder all day which has definitely helped my posture as I’m sat correctly most of the time now and I can maintain it easily whereas I could not at first. Maybe I should see a senior physio with more experience. Thank you for your reply. Had a bad day today and took some Dihydrocodeine as I needed a break. It does the trick and I only take it periodically.

    #46708

    lc
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    Hi Martin, I cannot take pregabalin or gabapentin, have adverse reactions to it all and only take amitriptyline for nerve pain and use my Tens and meditation/relaxation. Dihydrocodeine, 2 every 4hrs at a time gives me a break to, get a bit spaced on them but like you say only take them when I’ve had enough of dealing with pain. As Annie says keeping a good posture and core strengthening and gentle stretching is a must, to keep you going, try swimming as I do, helps alot as there is no weight bearing and you can get more of your muscle groups working and stretching as you swim. just take your time, no race. also pacing yourself to how you are that day as like me each day is different. also when out for long periods i tend to wear a back brace and pelvic binder which helps to keep going, but dont wear it all the time as it can weaken your muscles also use a wheelchair so i can keep going most of the day, rather than struggling on my crutches. Take care care and best wishes, Lee

    #46709

    lc
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    Hi Martin, you need to find a mixture of things that works for you that can help and aid you to keep going and deal with bad times

    #46710

    Marticulous
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    Thanks Lee. It is frustrating. I think something is working then something happens to confuse the issue. I had 5 of the best days I’ve had while I was taking CBD Oil. Then had a massage which I didn’t realize was a deep tissue one. I stuck with it but now it’s upset my back again and feel like I am back to square one. I will take your comments Onboard. Thank you 🙏

    #46711

    lc
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    Hi Martin, yes it is frustrating and can test you at times. sounds like the cbd oil is working for you somewhat, I had one of those deep tissue massages once but I explained to her what was wrong with me, and she went a lot more gentler on lower back below my scars and concentrated more on upper back and shoulders as i use crutches a lot.felt really good coming out of there for a while and when i got home fell asleep LOL. as it was a deep tissue one you had they might of aggravated you a bit.I think you need to be careful when you have massages done and explain your case to them so they don’t do something that makes you worse. hope it settles within a couple of days, take care and best wishes, Lee

    #46712

    Marticulous
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    Yea I should have mentioned it AND checked what type of massage she was going to do. Lesson painfully learnt lol. Hope the oil works. It was working well in 2 drops 3 times a day. I’ve upoed it to three and now I’m in pain again so once I’ve done 3 drops for a week I’ll go back to 2 if I’m still in pain and see how it goes. All the best to you 👍

    #46714

    Christine
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    Pilates? It sounds as if you would need one to one sessions, and that could be expensive. Also, you’d need someone experienced.

    Last year I had a hot stone massage that made me feel awful for days, yet I’d had loads of massage previously. It made me feel ill. You do have to be careful with massage.

    Christine

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