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    I have never openly spoke about my #BackPain to anyone other than my doctors but I was advised to seek support. I’m not sure what support means but I only have myself, my husband and my 7 year old daughter and as supportive as they are I’m still really struggling to get out of bed each morning because of my lower back pain. I feel so guilty as a parent when my child wants to do things but my pain is restricting me from even cracking a smile in the morning. How do I overcome this?? If it was as easy as just get out of bed (like I’ve been told my whole life) I would’ve done it by now :(

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    Hi, my name is solveigh. I'm here because of high pressure and extreme back pain after a lumper puncture for one year.


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    8 tips to manage an IBS flare-up


    1. Avoid high-FODMAP foods

    It's difficult to know what foods to eat with an IBS flare up, with foods that are high in ‘FODMAPS’ (small carbohydrate molecules that cause bacteria in the gut to release gas) often triggering IBS symptoms. A diet low in FODMAPs reduces symptoms of IBS in most people.

    To calm an IBS flare-up, avoid high-FODMAP foods such as:

    -Fructans (a fructose molecule that stores carbohydrates): such as garlic, onion, wheat, rye, and broccoli

    -Oligosaccharides (a type of carbohydrate): such as chickpeas, lentils, tofu, and beans

    -Lactose and dairy: Such as cow’s milk, yogurt, and ice-cream

    -Fructose (fruit sugar): such as apples, mangoes, watermelon, and honey

    -Polyols (naturally occurring sugar alcohols): such as nectarines, peaches, plums, cauliflower, and mushrooms

    2. Try gut-directed hypnotherapy

    You might not have heard of hypnotherapy as a treatment for health conditions, but it’s been proven to help IBS symptoms and can even treat other conditions such as chronic pain or smoking addiction. In hypnotherapy, you are gently brought into a relaxed and focused state, where you then use visualizations and suggestions to improve your gut-brain connection. It's one of the best natural remedies for IBS flare ups and requires no drugs or diets to see results.

    A recent study showed that gut-directed hypnotherapy is equally effective as the low-FODMAP diet in reducing IBS symptoms—which is good news for people wanting to improve their symptoms without overhauling their diet and lifestyle. Gut-directed hypnotherapy has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of IBS in over 50% of people. You can try gut-directed hypnotherapy by visiting a gut-directed hypnotherapist or using a mobile app like Nerva (based on this recent study).

    3. Reduce stress

    Stress can worsen symptoms of a flare-up because of the gut-brain connection (literally a chemical connection between your gut and brain). This is why relaxation techniques that work for the mind can also help calm the gut. Two common ways to reduce stress and episodes of IBS are:

    -Mindfulness meditation: Meditation can calm the mind and the gut. In several studies, meditation was shown to lower gut symptoms of pain and bloating. Researchers believe this is due to reducing pain signals that can cause a flare-up of IBS symptoms.

    -Yoga: Yoga is a mind and body practice that combines breathing with movement. In adolescents, it has been shown to reduce symptoms of IBS and anxiety.

    4. Try peppermint oil

    Peppermint oil is a herbal supplement that has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. It has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of IBS and is well supported by evidence from clinical studies. Peppermint oil is a great natural remedy for an IBS flare-up.

    The active ingredient in peppermint oil is menthol, which has a cooling effect. Menthol dulls pain receptors and relaxes the muscles of the colon. Peppermint oil can help reduce pain, bloating, and constipation and has even been shown to be more effective than antispasmodics in relieving overall symptoms of IBS.

    5. Reduce caffeine intake

    Coffee and other sources of caffeine may worsen symptoms of IBS during a flare-up. Even without IBS, caffeine is known to have a laxative effect on the body with diarrhea being a common side-effect of overconsumption. One study showed coffee-drinkers were 50% more likely to develop IBS than those who did not drink coffee.

    It’s best to avoid caffeine during a flare-up. Try cutting out all forms of caffeine—this means teas, soft drinks, coffee, and chocolate—and watch for any changes in your symptoms.

    6. Heat therapy

    Heat therapy is a traditional home remedy for pain and offers a gentler approach than taking medications when your stomach is already upset.

    Heat therapy works by reducing blood flow to relax the muscles of the abdomen. It has been shown to relieve certain kinds of back pain more effectively than ibuprofen and is a good choice for treating pain in IBS.

    7. Exercise

    Increasing your levels of exercise may provide relief from an IBS episode. Exercise helps relieve your symptoms as it can stimulate normal contractions of the intestines while also reducing stress.

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    Chronic pain 😬😬😬

    Every time I move I get a flare up.
    Every step I take is a set back. Laying down feel good but at the moment it’s not I’m visiting family and I love it I’m an aunt again it’s the best feeling but be in pain is makes things harder and annoying.. I’ll never know when it will end.. #ChronicPain #BackPain #Pain #ChronicFatigue

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    Hi, my name is Robertar. I'm here because
    I have had chronic lower back pain and referred nerve pain in my left abdomen . I was told it was chronic and I had to learn to manage it!! I am struggling at times to live with this constant pain, any help is appreciating.

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    Digesting My New Ailment, Since They Plan on Staying Awhile

    So I guess this IS my first post on here... I am both ashamed & proud of that. I love writing. But, I never follow through. My issue before, was I spent too much time on other social media platforms- not that they are bad! But for me- they were. Scrolling on certain social media sites was hurting my self esteem, adding to my sense of FOMO, causing me to “hurt my own feelings”, & make me feel like I was racing against a ticking clock which I was feeling extremely behind on... (things like finding the career, the financial stability, goals of learning to drive etc., not as much beginning a family but I think my list is just so behind in my head that I can’t even think that far ahead, despite being 32 years old…) in other words, since about Thanksgiving 2022, I have taken a detox from a few websites. What my new goal is, is to be more active on here. A place where I feel more welcomed, less outcasted (not that anybody MEANT to outcast me), & less alone in my diseases/illnesses. I know it is not what makes me who I am, but it is a part of me & right now, being in my current status with some of my illnesses, it is a big part of my day to day life.

    I had to accept a new ailment into my life lately. Back pain. The kind many talk about & I always thought “well I have neck issues but I have never had debilitating lower back pain so I am lucky there…) though I never realized how obviously naive I was being to not remember that the spine connects (duh) & I will likely end up with lower back pain at some point given my scoliosis. This happened after my most recent job (since then I have taken time off but it looks like I may need to look into other work) where I was on my feet for upwards of 10 hours a day between breaks. Despite our professional dresscode, I even bought the crocs that look less “croc like” meant for all day standing… well a week into my new position (field sales), I was in significant back pain. Come New Years Eve, I was on the couch enjoying some wine & all of a sudden, I couldn’t get up. I felt *helpless*... Something I don’t usually feel despite a long list of lifelong problems. I was bedridden with ice, heat rotations & Biofreeze & SalonPas the next 3 days. When business opened back up, I went to get checked out. I was given a muscle relaxer & Prednisone oral short term. (Don’t you love that stuff…me too—sarcasm), but I am not out of the woods. It is still very hard to do mundane tasks. My mom got me a back stretcher on Amazon (basically a curved thing you lay on that actually feels good & does temporarily help) & I am looking up YouTube exercises. The pain is in my lower tailbone area & surrounding. About the entire width of my lower back. I had scans done & nothing outside of my usual scoliosis shape seems to be off. I used to be an avid regular of the chiropractor but going there now is a challenge finacially. Also that was more for my neck & regular pains. This pain is much worse & it scares me to mess with. Of course I am no expert. I do not know my next steps or what I need… I guess I do not know the point of my post. I hope to look back & say wow that was a bad time & it did pass. Chronic pain is no fun. I can’t take advil or aleve because of my Crohn’s/GERD. It makes me so nauseous. I thought the prednison would work better than this. Oh well… I hope everyone is having a good New Years.


    This week started rough

    Monday I saw GI to discuss options for treatment of the constipation caused by diastasis recti. He basically said that doctors only have to do the bare minimum for patients so they can function. Then after I told him I've been sick for 16 years, he compared me to an old classic hotrod. Said we need to put me on PEG, senna plus, and metamucil all at the same time. I've taken all those things separately over the last 7 years and had bad reactions to them. He said I have to keep tweaking the dose of peg as I go along day by day but to start with 3 scoops. So I got the meds (except for the metamucil) yesterday and took my first dose. This morning I woke up in horrible pain and threw up. But I went potty and my tummy feels better now. I ordered fiber gummies from Amazon. Metamucil is too expensive.
    Then on Tuesday I had PT. The pain meds wore off a half hour before my appointment. My therapist decided to do traction on my hips. That was very uncomfortable but didn't hurt at first... Until I got home, of course. I only have enough Percocet to take one per day till Friday so I had to wait till 8am Wednesday to take one. I was in agony for half a day.
    I've been waking up every 2 hours with horrible tummy and back pain all night. I also had bad nightmares about the children I lost custody of 12 years ago and woke up in tears. So I'm miserable right now. I also have been getting bad migraines for the last few weeks.

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    Same Song, Another verse, Rant , Pain Management Pills

    I am angry at my Doc's stating I did not tell her I was using more of my pain pills, I did tell her, I have it in writing too on patient portal on 12/9. I have also told her for the last 8 months at every appt that i have had that the 10mg dose of these pills does nothing any longer because I have been using them for 10 years(remarkable did not go up on dose sooner, all my efforts to minimize use), i have to go to 20mg with extra strength tylenol to get 1 hour of edge off and often follow up with another 10mg if pain is horrible and I have to accomplish something. So for her to scold me for one not telling her is ridiculous and I don't think its even a real dose change, its just not working , which of course its not after 10 years. How do I address this , let her know my frustration without again just being treated like a drug seeking addict. I am beside myself with the worst low back pain i have ever had, I have exhausted all other solutions, I do above and beyond what I can on a daily basis non-drug. How do I talk to these docs without groveling, keeping my self respect and dignity, advocating for myself and others in pain and also get my point across. Is that even possible if you are in my pain pill boat? I really do appreciate everyone listening to my "same song again pill rant". Have a blessed New Year!


    The Best New Year’s Resolutions for People in Pain

    The best New Year's resolutions are small and achievable rather than all or nothing. Learn more at #Pain #ChronicPain #NewYearsResolutions #Fibromyalgia #BackPain #Neuropathy #Arthritis


    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is Brian286. I'm here because I suffer from chronic lower back pain resulting from a ruptured/burst disc at (L5-S1). I've had surgery and been diagnosed with failed surgery syndrome. I'll need pain medication for the rest of my life according to my pain management doctor, who is releasing me from care due to fear of repercussions from the Federal Government Guidelines, even though I'm currently meeting their requirements? I fear no pain mgt doctor will take me, which would lead to the very gravest of results for me. Thank you.


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