I have fractures to lumbar spine 1&4, a bad crush fracture to the Thoracic 10 and 11, a wedge fracture in my shoulder blade area and Scoliosis plus Osteoporosis and Osteo Arthritis so l give in around 9pm and go to bed, but it takes ages to relax and get comfortable.
The psychological dept at the Persistent Pain Clinic at the Nambour Hospital suggested staying up later to around 10pm or later. I doze until around 2am when l go to the toilet and then I take 2 Panadol Osteo… read more
Be careful with a heating pad,,if by chance you do go to sleep it will blister your back. Then it takes a long time to heal . Very painful
Hi Judith. A Brisbane Neurosurgeon has a rehabilitation program termed Functional Movement Training for back pain (and also one for neck pain).
They do run the FMT program somewhere at the Sunshine Coast as well.
I've had back pain for near 9 years now and I can say that this program is completely different to any other physical therapy, or such, that I have tried before.
It focuses on whole body movements, rather than on isolated body parts which tends to be the focus of conventional physical therapy programs.
My pain is thoracic. I have 5 vertebrae (T7-T11) which are very unhappy. Yet, this program has greatly lowered my pain.
He (Dr Johnson) posts a lot of videos of patients progress on the Facebook page (Functional Movement Training Centre). The website for the training centre is fmtc.com.au.
It's definitely worth an enquiry. :)
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That is an excellent question. I had 21 years of dealing with this and I definitely had some tools.
I have an adjustable bed with a firm mattress. I can only sleep on my back. With the foot of the bed raised about 6-12" or in your case 15-30cm and the vibrator in the bed turned on, I read until I feel sleepy. Then I turn on a relaxation CD. While listening to that I can fall asleep. If I wake up during the night and can't get back to sleep, I listen to the CD again.
If I have had multiple nights with poor sleep, I use and edible marijuana because it makes me sleepy and once asleep, I'm apt to stay asleep.
I can't take any kind of sleeping, so I use the marijuana as a substitute.
Cold try soaking in Epsom salt in hot water at least 20 minutes sometime tubing rubbing alcohol will help with pain also CBD oil will help with pain the dosage will be entirely up to it starts at 60 ml and goes higher its not to get you high but works on pain until you find what dosage to take for you