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  • sasquatch
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    I have the same thing from over lifting with my back when young and stupid.
    Concrete floors really do me in, so i avoid them as much as possible. At 70 years old now, i'm able to live with it, but it does get uncomfortable.

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  • boslab
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    Originally posted by bob_s View Post
    Sounds like a pinched nerve.. I thought it was arthritis when mine happened. Pain in upper back, shoulder, and numbness in left hand.

    Half dozen sessions at the physio, and regular stretching exercises on an inversion table keeps me walking.
    Did not like the pain in hand part of that, when i had my first heart attack they determined that i had suffered at least 2 before, the angiogram revealed that, so I'm up to about 4/5 in total, i thought it was a bad back too, thats where the pain was!
    Heavy lifting, heat etc, breathing metal fume and dust, stress, the usual culprits, smoking, ****e diet, overweight, just begging for it really.
    Get it checked please, and in any case the aspirin will do you the world of good as about 75 mg will thin your blood by half in 20 mins, i carry some with me, the guy across the road from me stumbled over a few months back, he wasn't well and asked if either me or the Wife could take him down the local ER.
    I asked what was wrong and he told me numbness in his face, jaw and back pain arm heavy, his speech was starting to sound slurred to, told the missis to get me a glass of water and i gave him about 500 mg of aspirin, and a plavix for good measure, the hospital is only 5 mins down the road so she took him, not advisable btw but ambulance station said 25 to 30 mins to arrive.
    Turned out he wasn't having a heart attack, it was a stroke, very minor, the doctors said i had done him the biggest favour he was ever going to get as he was quite fine in a few days, no lasting damage.
    Aspirin prevents bowel cancer too, must kill the bugs that cause it, my theory btw, I'm convinced viruses are at the root of cancer myself, mind you i think they may be at the root of many other diseases too, even mental illness, oh it runs in families, well they all live in the same house don't they?
    Just my theory but anyway rule out really bad things, it may be you have a disk problem or nerve trapped or something, all bloody painful so i sympathise i suffer back trouble myself, down side was they kept giving me stronger pain meds till i was like Greg House, hopeless addict to codeine, not nice
    Take care
    Mark,

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  • bob_s
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    Sounds like a pinched nerve.. I thought it was arthritis when mine happened. Pain in upper back, shoulder, and numbness in left hand.

    Half dozen sessions at the physio, and regular stretching exercises on an inversion table keeps me walking.

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  • Tony
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    Originally posted by Black Forest View Post
    Tony you are getting old!
    It started with the hair loss.
    Then, out of the blue, I couldn't communicate with anyone 10 years younger than I.
    All I would hear is complete gibberish.

    Now this?!

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  • Glug
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    I get it between the shoulder blades when I am hunched over a machine for long periods of time. It's sort of a stabby pain that can radiate up into the shoulders and neck. The actual spot that it radiates from is very tiny.

    Massaging that spot helps a lot, but it is difficult to do yourself. I'll sometimes lean back on a tennis ball, against a chair back. They also make them on sticks, so you can more easily position it on The Spot.

    Maybe you could suggest your wife attend massage therapy school?

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  • goose
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    I'd go see a masseuse before I'd see a doctor.

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  • Black Forest
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    Originally posted by Tony View Post
    laughed out loud at this one. so true. I think the statistics say that general practitioners usually
    tune out after ~15 seconds. So hit them hard and hit them fast.. kind of like a good google search,
    just the important key works.

    Also your machines might be too low. I picked my grinder up about 4" from the floor and it makes a
    world of difference. Am considering doing the same with the lathe.

    I get it in the lower back.. not so much pain.. but when I spend more than an hour hunched over
    a machine I find myself hunched all day long.. like can't straighten out again. I really feel it when
    I lay down at the end of the day.
    Tony you are getting old! You better get your daughter trained up soon.

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  • Tony
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    Originally posted by Old Hat View Post
    ... he'll have decided on a thing
    before you're done with your first sentance. ...
    laughed out loud at this one. so true. I think the statistics say that general practitioners usually
    tune out after ~15 seconds. So hit them hard and hit them fast.. kind of like a good google search,
    just the important key works.

    Also your machines might be too low. I picked my grinder up about 4" from the floor and it makes a
    world of difference. Am considering doing the same with the lathe.

    I get it in the lower back.. not so much pain.. but when I spend more than an hour hunched over
    a machine I find myself hunched all day long.. like can't straighten out again. I really feel it when
    I lay down at the end of the day.

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  • Old Hat
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    +1 on see-ing the Doc, but you may have to do a good job with details,
    and if he's a poor listener (as many doctors are) he'll have decided on a thing
    before you're done with your first sentance.

    You gotta know your Doc.

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  • darryl
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    Have not done much lathe work lately, but yesterday and the night before I spent about 3-4 hours in front of it. I have the rubber mat, and it helps, but I did get a backache. I was thinking that maybe the lathe is too low- I'll have to consider raising it.

    Also I caught myself stressing- not wanting to make a mistake. I had to consciously make myself relax several times. For some reason I do tend to hold my mouth funny when doing the actual machining. I learned that here- thanks guys

    I started going through the mental routine- does it help? No? Stop doing that. Tensing my back muscles- does it help? No? Stop doing that too- . I went for a walk, then came back to it.

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  • tyrone shewlaces
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    Early on I was taught, because I complained about back pain while working a lathe, to simply rest my foot up on the chip tray or something rather than make my back take the brunt of the effort. It helps TONS.

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  • GKman
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    Thanks for all the replies, sounds like I have numerous peers (hiatal hernia, acid reflux, heart, stooped posture, 81mg asprin). Have had excellent results with specific exercises to target LOWER back and knee problem and over the counter meds work on both too but not finding anything (online anyway) for upper back. Think I'll bite the bullet and see my doc, vacation in England in 30 days, sure want to feel good for it. Thanks again and keep those cards and letters coming in folks.

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  • Paul Alciatore
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    Originally posted by GKman View Post
    Backache between my shoulderblades. ...<snip>...

    Any ideas from you doctors of machinery?
    Try talking to a doctor of medicine. I would suggest as soon as possible.

    And take an aspirin (low dose or full size) a day until then, just in case.

    SERIOUSLY!!!

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  • wierdscience
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    Originally posted by boslab View Post
    Start taking low dose asprin, that pain might not be your back at all, go see your doctor, you may be suffering with angina or some ticker related problem, not saying you have but its worth a check, having collected heart attacks myself the back pain was present before
    Mark
    x's 2 a heart problem can present itself as a backache.Could also be a hiatal hernia or even acid reflux.

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  • PixMan
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    I had a very similar pain from riding my Triumph Sprint RS "sport tourer" for years, in a leaning forward position. It got better when other riders told me to look up with my eyes rather than bending my neck. It's gone now that I switched to a sitting upright Triumph Tiger 800 "adventure bike."

    How much do you (GKman) bend your neck while running your machines? Consider putting them up on risers of 4 to 6 inches (100-150mm) if at all possible. I have my lathe, a Victor 1640, sitting on 2" (50mm) risers and do get a little bit of the same pain when working on it for more than a couple of hours at a time without a long break.

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