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Tegretol (Carbamazepine)

Other names: Epitol, Carbatrol
I am a 26-year-old journalist and work as a copywriter for a local publication. I have always had a strong back, but lately, when I get up out of my chair, my back is very sore and stiff. What am I doing wrong?
It is possible that at least part of your back pain may be caused by excessive stress and strain on the back while you are sitting at work. The position of sitting in a chair and leaning forward causes higher pressures on the lower spine than sitting straight or standing. Because of this, sitting at a computer terminal for long periods can result in back pain and stiffness.
Using moist heat (a warm shower works very well) and back exercises can relieve the soreness and stiffness. The exercises will make the back muscles more flexible and stronger, which will help prevent future pain and stiffness.
At work, it would help if you could stand up and stretch or walk for a few minutes about every hour. If this is not possible, try stretching while sitting.
Try to use a chair that is comfortable, with arms that can fit under the desktop or counter, a firm back support, and proper height – your feet should be comfortably flat on the floor. Adjusting the height of your work to a comfortable level that does not require you to lean forward can help avoid fatigue.
I am a 72-year-old grandmother with arthritis in my back. I take a non-cortisone anti-inflammatory drug each day, but my friend said she only uses ice for treatment. Should I be doing this as well?
Remember that there are over 100 types of arthritis. You probably are mainly affected by osteoarthritis. In this most common type of arthritis, the cartilage wears or becomes less effective in cushioning the joints.
Ice can be used for back pain. Although most people feel better after applying moist heat, such as a warm shower, some feel more relief when they use an ice pack on the painful area for ten minutes or so. Some people get the best relief when they alternate moist heat with ice pack treatments. Ice may be especially helpful during severe attacks of pain. Choose the method that works best to give you the relief you need.
Also, don’t forget the exercises that strengthen the back and make it more flexible. A walking program would be helpful – just pick a short distance and walk it daily. Then, gradually lengthen the distance as you can without increased pain. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can walk longer distances. Just be sure no other medical problems would limit your walking or exercise.

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