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Dowager's Hump

Postby Zia2014 » Sat May 23, 2015 3:57 pm

Probably because of my terrible posture, I have suddenly (as in the last week) developed a rather big bulge in my back, not far down from my neck. It's not hard or soft really, and it makes me look like a humpback!

Does anyone else have this and what can I do about it? I am going to get a neck support thing, like they wear on planes. I have already seen two physios but as soon as I get home I forget how my posture should be when on the sofa, which is where I spend most of my time. I have adjusted my sleeping pillow, got a long one for behind my back/neck on the sofa, got a posture thing that I wear on my back to take my shoulders back - but I have nothing to tell me where my head should be,.

I look hideous with this lump and it's causing me even more pain, so I end up holding my head forward which is making it worse!

This is the final straw. I am having a complete meltdown and got some ADs yesterday because I am just having bad news after bad news at the moment.
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Re: Bulge in back?

Postby carolad » Sat May 23, 2015 9:29 pm

Sorry to hear you are having a hard time Zia :-(

The Alexender Technique is great for improving your posture - might bad worth trying x
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Re: Bulge in back?

Postby bandj » Sun May 24, 2015 4:03 pm

You could try a horseshoe shaped neck pillow, I have one for the car and find it helps.

I hope you find something that helps soon.
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Re: Bulge in back?

Postby Zia2014 » Sun May 24, 2015 10:13 pm

Thanks both. Carol, been doing similar but hasn't prevented this. Bandj where is yours from and does it hold your posture in the right way?
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Re: Bulge in back?

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Re: Bulge in back?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon May 25, 2015 10:16 am

When I was working, we had a regular customer who was a qualified AT teacher/instructor. Whenever the banking hall was quiet and he came in, he would go thru a couple of things for us all to do whilst behind the counter to help release the tension we tended to experience, esp in the shoulder area.

There would be 5 or 6 of us all following his instructions, and whenever another customer came in, not only would they wait for us to finish, they'd join in as well. I'm not sue if they were AT or just a more general technique, but it did help, esp after lugging several thousand ££££s of coin around.


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Re: Bulge in back?

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Re: Bulge in back?

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Re: Bulge in back?

Postby bandj » Mon May 25, 2015 4:30 pm

Hi Zia,

I've seen the pillows in the health care sections of supermarkets especially at this time of year. I think hubby bought mine from Wilkinsons. You could try large Boots or thd internet. Mine wasn't at all expensive. You can get some blow up pillows that allow you to adjust it for comfort.
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Re: Bulge in back?

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Re: Bulge in back?

Postby bandj » Tue May 26, 2015 3:01 pm

Hi Zia,

although I do not have a bulge in my back, I do have back problems following a car accident and injuries whilst nursing. I go to a guy who does deep tissue massage and I find that helps. However, I would suggest you go to your doctor about it. It may be something, it may be nothing to worry about but if you don't go you won't know.
I hope your back gets better soon .
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Re: Bulge in back?

Postby Zia2014 » Tue May 26, 2015 4:09 pm

Thanks bandj. I'm going to see the doc next week.
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Re: Dowager's Hump

Postby Zia2014 » Wed May 27, 2015 5:24 pm

So, I've found out the name of this thing. It's such an unflattering name! It looks like I could slightly improve it with the correct posture, but at least I know I haven't got something more serious.

I of course googled and inevitably thought I had cancer in bed last night - that was fun! Lesson - don't google, kids. :nono:
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Re: Dowager's Hump

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Re: Dowager's Hump

Postby Zia2014 » Thu May 28, 2015 5:11 pm

Yep, am guessing my poor posture has had a lot to do with it as it appeared so suddenly, along with massive vertigo probs. I am interested in the AT, I just can't get my head around relaxing because I am tense/in pain all the time now! And if I do 'relax', I settle into a bad position.

But like I said, I can't afford it anyway :)

That's a good point about hips, I'm sure I do this. It's just that unless someone is there telling me, I can't do it on my own!
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