Are you suffering from agonizing back pain, and can’t believe the way it has affected your life? You could still be confined to bed, or if you are lucky enough to have recovered, you are more than likely feeling the after-effects of the unbearable pain.

It’s easy for others to flippantly comment when talking to you or about you, to use such statements as “he/she has got a bad back”. But unless they’ve been there, they have no idea of the pain, frustration, and sense of helplessness that you are experiencing.

The good news is that you are in the right place to receive advice and help because as a fellow sufferer I know exactly what you are going through.

Causes Of Back Pain

There are so many things that can go wrong with your body. Someone once said to me that if we hear an unusual noise in our car, we take it to the garage to get it sorted. The problem with most people is that if we start to get pains in our body we shirk it off and think it’s just one of those things, and do nothing about it.  But of course, our bodies haven’t been to the garage, and eventually, something has to give.

The list of activities leading to back pain is inexhaustible, but the most common are:

Sporting Injuries





Muscle Strains


Bad Posture


Car Accidents

And I’m sure from your personal experiences you can add to that list!

But Why Is Your Pain So Bad?

No matter how you managed to do it, your main concern must be to ask yourself, “what have I done for the agony to be this bad?”.

The answers to that can be plentiful, but the first course of action must always be to seek medical advice. Hopefully, the diagnosis won’t be too serious, but better safe than sorry.

Sometimes after a few days of rest, you can slowly return to normal, but you should remain aware that you have a weakness that could flare up any time in the future. This varies between days, weeks, months, and years. However, the agony is something you will never forget and you should prepare yourself with suitable products to give you relief for when it returns.

Let me repeat, always get medical advice in the first instance. Your problem could be quite simple, and even if it is, you should always be prepared for another attack.

Can’t get out of bed?

If your injury is more serious, you could well need further investigation, including scans. Very often, the pain is so intense that you find you cannot even get out of bed. This condition is not unusual, but it is very upsetting for the patient and family.

Very often, the most common thing that causes such pain is called a herniated or slipped disc (which is sometimes referred to as a prolapsed disc). This means that the disc has either degenerated or has been pushed to one side so that it protrudes and pushes against nerve tissue. The resulting pain is one that is almost indescribable and affects your movement, even your ability to use the bathroom, and can cause numbness down your legs. With rest and an ice pack applied to the affected area, you may well find that movement returns within 24 to 48 hours. If this doesn’t happen, consult a doctor.

Another quite common cause is sciatica. The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back, through your hips, down your legs to your feet. When a disc protrudes and touches or pushes on the nerve you will either feel a burning or a sharp pain that will literally take your breath away. Numbness down one or both legs will likely be a side effect too.


There are many other causes of back pain, and it is not my wish to try to diagnose what you may or may not have – that is not within my remit.

But what I can tell you is that you will never forget your unbearable pain experience and the side effects of having “a bad back”. I can almost guarantee that you will have a weakness in the affected area for the rest of your days.

So what can you do?

Well, I can only advise you about what actions I took. They worked for me and should do the same for you. The first thing you must do before undertaking even the simplest task is to stop and think. If you are going to lift something, then use your legs to support you and take the strain. If you are going to play with the children or grandchildren, think about not twisting your body as you chase them. If you are gardening, think of how you are going to bend when tending to the flowers, vegetables, borders, etc. Whatever you want to do, you must think.

All of which is easy to say. But in reality, we all fall into bad habits and there will be days when you suddenly do something simple that doubles you up. And my words will ring in your ears when you realize you didn’t think.

But there are plenty of products on the market that you can use to help relieve the outcome of those forgetful moments. Personally, I found, and continue to find lower back belts to be invaluable. I would never dream of doing anything strenuous without wearing one. Whether it be gardening, decorating, lifting, or going for a long walk (in fact, almost any exercise you can think of) I cannot recommend these aids enough.

Another great idea to relieve the pain is to keep a reusable ice pack in the freezer. That way, it will always be ready for you in your moment of need!

You will be aware that even the simplest tasks like getting dressed can be very stressful, As for putting on socks, forget it. That is unless you use a sock aid, which takes some getting used to but is invaluable once you have mastered it.

And something I found to be really useful was to use a lumbar support pillow which can be transported between your car and your favorite chair at home. These encourage you to sit in the correct position and yet again, make you think about your posture.

In fact, the list of aids and products is almost endless. I have touched on what I found to be the best things for me, and I suggest you should browse the internet to discover just what is available.

And Finally

So before purchasing, know what you want and narrow your choice down to what suits you. Take into consideration your weight, your body shape, and your general state of health.

And most of all, when you finally make that purchase, start to enjoy life!

I have searched many sites, all of which claim to have the correct solution for you, but they are of course somewhat biased. Personally, I’m a great believer in the power of  Amazon which allows you to browse a wide selection of manufacturers and goods so that you can make choices to suit you and your budget:

But more importantly, if you are serious about relieving your back pain (and by the fact that you are reading this post, I assume you are) you cannot afford to ignore this advice. I’ve been there, suffered the pain that you are experiencing, and found ways to live a near-normal life. But it takes willpower and back aids to get you there. Click here for an easier life:









  1. Actually, I also suffered from pack pain a while ago. The reason for that is the mattress on my bed. After that I took treatments. Also changed the mattress on my bed. Then it mostly settled down. Even today it still happens in some cases. Especially when working in the garden and playing sports. Thank you very much for your recommendation. I will try it. Keep posting like this.

    • Yes, I agree about mattresses and I am currently researching that very subject. A post will follow soon. Regards,



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