My Husband Has Severe Backpain, Due To His Heavy Lifting At His Job. We Dont Have The Money To Go To The Doc. He Has Tried Alot Of Over The Counter Meds, Nothing Works. Any Advice Would Be Helpful.

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My Husband Has Severe Backpain, Due To His Heavy Lifting At His Job. We Dont Have The Money To Go To The Doc. He Has Tried Alot Of Over The Counter Meds, Nothing Works. Any Advice Would Be Helpful.

My husband has severe back pain due to heavy lifting. He was at work a few weeks ago and said her heard his back pop. It dropped him to his knees, it hurt so bad. We can't afford to get him treated right away, and we don't have a family doctor, so if anyone knows anything that might help in the meantime we'd appreciate it. He is also beginning to have problems going to the bathroom because of the pain. We'd be so grateful for any advice!

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Back Attack! I know the feeling and that is no fun at all. It is not too late to start some First Aid for Back Pain. Heavy lifting and bending over need to be avoided. The spinal discs need a break from all that high pressure. Taking the pressure of the disc is very important and highly successful using Zero Gravity Chairs. My favorite low cost one are even found in some outdoor and hardware stores, similar to the La Fuma Chair in design. Spending a $100 on a chair is probably worth more than spending money to see a doctor is some cases.

Some hospitals and PT offices offer Back Classes for the general public which are a great way to at least learn a few tricks without breaking the bank. And even though it's counter-intuitive, if he can walk around it is best to get him moving. The body doesn't like to be too still, and walking as naturally as possible (around the block, up and street, anything) will help keep his muscles loose and his back healing.

Keep the bowels moving easily with lots of water, fiber and maybe a stool softner because constipation will add to the pain problem.

Just take one day at a time because back injuries do heal on their own, naturally.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

Answered by Christina Lasich, MD