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Lower Back Pain



On lithium that produces muscle weakness as a side effect. After several months of bending and stooping for my wife who has developed diabetes and needs help putting shoes on etc the backs gone. Any remedies?


Well-known member
Jul 19, 2010
middle earth
Only the obvious ones like bend your knees and not your back -i.e keep your back as straight as you can and let your knees do the work. I get a lot of lower back pain and that helps me.
Other than that......the hot /cold treatment works really well. Get a hot water bottle and hold it against your back for about 20 mins, then let your back cool down, then put some icecubes in a freezer bag and hold them against your back for about 20 mins, then let your back warm up to 'normal' temperature, and repeat hot and cold. Finish with a cold treatment. It gives your muscles a work out without you actually moving them.

Sitting on the floor with your legs slightly bent and leaning forward to touch your toes (or as far as you can go) is also good as it stretches the hamstrings and lower back muscles. Don't make jerky movements or you cold pull something - do it gently and hold the stretch for a few seconds before you sit up. Repeat as much as you like.
I also find lying on my back on the floor and getting my partner to hold my legs up straight and gently push them up towards me really helps. It's the equivalent of bending over to touch your toes, except you're lying on the floor and your legs are being pushed up to meet you rather than you bending over to meet them (if that makes sense).

Another exercise the physio suggested was to get on your hands and knees on the floor and then arch your back upwards and downwards - again, don't jerk it - to stretch the muscles.

Biofreeze gel also works quite well (but don't put it on straight before or after doing the hot/cold thing - leave it a few hours).

I found acupuncture to be really good, but i know it's not everyone's cup of tea.


Well-known member
Aug 17, 2012
The West Country
A hot water bottle tucked into the elastic of my skirt/jeans/knickers really does the trick - it helps keep the bottle in place and the heat provides some really good relief.

In the long run, it may be a good idea to see the doctors just to check that it's nothing seriously harmful and it is muscle strain.

Sorry to hear you're suffering with this - lower back pain is no fun. x


New member
Sep 30, 2014
Yes, get yourself down to the doctor for a check up and possible repheral to physio or a osteopath. Hot water bottle or the deep heat and ibuprofen patches.
If you need pain relief try simple ibuprofen tablets as good muscle relaxants.
Good luck