Facebook Groups for People with Back Problems

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Facebok Groups for People with Back Problems

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While the best sources of health information are likely your doctor and high-quality websites (like those on About.com Health,) at times when you may feel the need for some camaraderie.  Perhaps your doctor doesn't have time to fully address your questions, or doesn't seem to care about the issues that come up while you live with pain, make decisions about treatments, and the like.

Facebook groups are teaming with people who are going through back issues, or who have successfully gone had them and want to now offer support to others.  These groups can be a good source of opinions and ideas, and of, course, empathy.

Keep in mind that, for the most part, the Facebook groups I'll talk about in the next pages are made up of non-medical people. So be sure to check with your doctor before taking action on the actual treatment advice you learn about there.

That said, you may find that Facebook back pain groups fill a void in your communications with your medical providers.  Why?  Because you'll be chatting with people who have been pretty much in the same place as you.  Slide on to learn about 3 good ones, and get the sign-up links.

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Sciatica and Back Awareness Forum

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The Sciatica and Back Awareness Forum on Facebook is a good place to report your symptoms, as well as offer up your  experience about sciatica related topics.  And of course, when you do, you'll likely get lots of feedback and opinions from others who deal with sciatica.

Here are a few representative samples of what you might find in this group:

On popular post asks group members if their sciatica acts up just before it rains.

Another, posted by a licensed health provider weighs in with his medical perspective, observing that people who post seem to him to think their symptoms are the root cause of their sciatica, and that if they get treatment (especially surgery) that will take care of the problem.  This poster reminds group members that, in reality, sciatica is a syndrome, in other words, a collection of symptoms.  He adds his opinion, that as a syndrome, sciatica treatment really should take a whole body approach.  

Unlike the other two groups reviewed in this article, the Sciatica, and Back Awareness Forum does not have any files on offer - just posts and replies by its very engaged  members.

Join here:  Sciatica Facebook group

Related:  5 Ways You May Be Triggering Your Sciatica

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Herniated Disc, Pinched Nerve, Bulging Disc... It just hurts...

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The Herniated Disc, Pinched Nerve, Bulging Disc... It just hurts... group on Facebook is another great place for support. Group members get right into discussing their surgeries, including problems, encounter during or after.  Mostly, they want to know if others have had the same situations; they sometimes solicit opinions on things like the use of inversion tables.

Herniated Disc, Pinched Nerve, Bulging Disc... It just hurts... has a few files for you to peruse, but not as many as the sacro-iliac joint dysfunction group I'll talk about next.  The files they do offer are a mix of personal exam findings people want to share, scientific journal articles and helpful brochures on dealing with back pain.

The group is lively and the people express care for one another.  Join here: Herniated disc group on Facebook.

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Sacro-iliac Joint Syndrome / SI Joint Dysfunction – SIJD

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In the Sacro-iliac Joint Syndrome / SI Joint Dysfunction – SIJD Facebook group, you can find: hundreds of documents ranging in topic from member stories to physical therapists' contributions.The guidance posted by health practitioners is on very specific topics, if you need details or evidence based information on a particular subject of interest to you, you may find it here.

Personal stories people share tend to be diaries after a surgery, for example, the IFuse procedure many people with SI joint pain consider.

Members in this group are polite and caring, but in my opinion, are more geared towards information than the other two mentioned in this article.

Sign up for this group here:  SI Joint Dysfunction Facebook Group

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