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I have had some pain in my back after having my epidural,

Eva, a sciatica pain sufferer, asked a question about pregnancy and her epidural. The question of back pain during and after pregnancy is very common. “Top Ten Cures for Sciatica and Back Pain” is a best seller that helps anybody get back pain relief fast. The book is a best seller in sports medicine, but its information is definitely valuable for pregnancy back pain as well, as Eva asked below:

Back pain after the epidural?

  • EVA asked 3 weeks ago
I have had some pain in my back after having my epidural, it starts right in the spot where it was placed, and sometimes when I bend over or pick things up it sends a burning or stinging sensation down my entire spine. It wasn’t bad at first, until I started working, now my back is hurting constantly I can barley even hold my daughter standing up it hurts so bad sometimes. I have talked to my doctor and he tells me don’t bend over, squat. Well is some situations it isn’t possible to squat. I try to stand straight, and sit straight it doesn’t help. Does anyone know what I can do to reduce my pain.

Best Answer Voter’s Choice

I saw a reader simply told you to exercise through the pain. I don’t think you got great advice, since you have pain even standing. It is never okay to exercise through pain, but especially when you have a new baby. Bending over and caring for a baby will ALREADY be a huge workout. So let me offer some better advice.

This is probably sciatica caused by your pregnancy and the epidural. That means a nerve is inflamed.

One thing that will help is a Mueller back brace. 40% of people report it immediately removes pain, and its about $20.00. Well, worth it. There are many options on this link: Braces

However, the Mueller is really good and inexpensive.


Perhaps Multi-Tasking is a failure mode and not a success mode.

So, I just had a thought that contradicts modern sociatal norms:

Is multi-tasking truly a valuable work skill? Or life skill?

Perhaps modern society’s fixation on being a ‘good multi-tasker’ is a bad idea. How many unfinished books do you have in your house? How many 1/2 done projects in your life? After a while multi-tasking just become a life filled with bits and pieces, like so much flotsam and jetsam from trying to ship too much, too fast and too unsafely.

We love to watch the Olympics because the athletes are the BEST at something – often just one solitary thing.

Maybe the idea of ‘multi-tasking’ should be rethought? Maybe it is a liability for happiness and success?

This and more solutions to resolving depression can be found in my best selling “Depression Symptoms Decoded“.

My Yahoo migration lost my book marks FIXED.

I migrated to the new My.Yahoo.Com portal, only to find that my BOOKMARKS were gone.

Panic!!!! You bet.

Some of these urls I only access once a month, and have lovely secure addresses with cryptic sounding URLs. These are critical bookmarks as they point to my administrative pages for dozens of blogs, wikis, and URLs that I access for business.

I checked the My Yahoo tech support and community and found a widespread mutiny about the bookmark issue. Lots of people had bookmarks well organized (like me) alphabetically, and were doing serious administrative work using that funny little app. This was no fun, but after a few minutes I found that fix myself. (And no, this fix, is not easily documented on Yahoo, so I hope you find this article useful.)

Anyway, after migration you will find a bunch of generic Yahoo bookmarks. These default bookmarks are “Quicklinks” and are NOT what you expect and need. Obviously, nobody cares because these are just generic catagories on Yahoo. They are not “My” links in the slightest:

This is the point that I panicked, and so will you; if you have a lot of carefully organized bookmarks. Calm down, and hit the dropdown next to the greyed out QuickLinks and then select “Uncatagorized”.

Here you should find all your familiar bookmarks.

I hope this helps a little with the migration.

Once you find your uncategorized bookmarks you can move them into “Quicklinks” so they show up all the time first thing.

If this was useful, I have ANOTHER great self-help on curing back pain. We all get hurt and my “Top 10 Cures for Sciatica and Back Pain” is a best selling book in sports medicine. It is a quick read and gives real back pain relief fast. Everybody hurts their back eventually, and this book really helps.

A New Year's resolution of NO depression for the world.

My self-help curing depression jumped way up in sales after the holidays… kinda sad. To help people get over the holiday blues, I just marked down my current edition to $3.99 to help my Kindle readers in this New Year. Link Here: http://www.amazon.com/Depression-Symptoms-Decoded-Vibrant-Recovery-ebook/dp/B007JX2UU4

**This book has mature content** This is NOT your typical dance around the darker side of depression book. It is brutally honest and bravely and savagely explorers the dangerous side of depression.

I see ebay book sellers are selling my discontinued edition for up to $60.00, but I would not recommend buying that edition. I don’t expect it to become a collectable just because I took it out of print, as I have the new edition on the market.

A Visit with Master Artist John Grimball

I recently attended the Gallery event of Master Painter, John Grimball at the Art Affair Gallery Lakeway. The gallery is so tres chic and beautiful as to merit a separate discussion, but for the moment I can’t get John’s canvases out of the eye of my mind.

As a writer, I need to step away from my little writing world and experience new art, new perspectives and inspiring events. The whole “all work and no play makes Steve a dull boy” preventative sanity check; which is cured by the muse of other artists. The mastery of other inspired hearts expands my mind and clears my soul. This is good for my writing. This is good for me.

So, I like to attend gallery opening events because the artist is most often present – and John did not disappoint. Amidst the fine wine, cheese and live music, I was able to spend some time with John exploring his works and getting a glimpse into his muse – again I was not disappointed.

Right away, I was stunned by the expansive canvas size and bold use of color in John’s paintings. His canvas real-estate, deliciously large, allows for an attention to detail that invites the eye to explore. Forgive the small size of the thumb-nails in my article as they fail to capture the power of Grimball’s often surrealistic work – much in the same way that a photograph fails to capture the solemn tranquility of a rich, deep forest.

John wandered over to visit with me as I studied a large canvas called “Paddock House”. John had an easy Southern charm about him, and a quick smile to compliment his nature. I immediately thought to myself that he was no tortured artist, but somebody with a deep eye for the world. Later I learned that my initial impression was both right and wrong. John was a true Southern gentleman, but he faced a dark and painful period in his life. This period explained why some of his canvases have a hint of “Freda” about them – a ghostly reminder that injuries leave a mark deep in the psyche of humanity.

However, even the canvases that explorer pain, have a surprising power of hope and rebirth about them in their bold bright colors. In fact, John’s work has a character that demands a bit of study. The sharp contrast of color and edgework is powerful – a chiaroscuro type of edging that make central images pop, but also pulls the entire art out of the canvas.

So accurate is John’s mastery of painting that a few works demanded I study them from side to side to see if the canvas was altered to be 3D. For example, the fan in his “Geisha” is so accurate that I foolishly spent time going from side to side to see if my eyes were playing tricks; and perhaps the canvas was raised. Even after my mind accepted the fact of Grimball’s mastery of light and shadow, I sheepishly looked one last time at the “Geisha” fan before I left the gallery that night!

A subtle and consistent theme in John’s work is the use of sky. Even his architectural work “Paddock House”, which at first glance has only a sliver of sky peeking out from the left corner, has more sky than I initial noticed at a casual glance. After a few minutes of study I realized that rolling clouds were reflected in the great windows of that work. Clouds were found even in the architecture of the buildings!

Sky and light are definitely John’s purview. “Patio Picker & Blues Cat” is one of the few works that seeming has no sky at all; however, after a careful survey I realized the subjects are awash in sunlight, and the chiaroscuro certainly paints a bright, clear sky. I felt the Texas roots of this artist shined through in this work. Texas is further evident in his series of bright cow-girls (all featuring bright bold reds and complementary blues in the smiling energy of his lively cowgirls. Ah, Texas! You’ve got to love this State.)

As we chatted about John’s international travels – his sales in Europe of so many canvases – to his subject matter of fine Italian history, I was enlighten and lifted by his gentle and intelligent nature.

The conversation circled back around to a series of paintings that I felt had a shade of “Freda” about them. John explained that he painted that series during a period when he faced life changing surgeries and doubts about his health –– even his survival. I was stunned because I found the works full of promise and hope.

Perhaps that is what John Grimball delivers best in his mastery of oil paint, light and color –– the power of hope.

Much success in life.

Stephen Paul West

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