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post #1 of 26
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Anyone here with Back problems?

heres my story:

My back has been hurting for about 3 weeks now...pretty much consistantly.
Its my lower back mostly, sometimes it feels like my muscles and sometimes it feels like its my spine. Somedays sitting helps other days sitting is what makes it hurt. I walk like i got a stick up my rearend and no massage, icy/hot patch or mattress change will help. Relief is only temporarly and now Im starting to get winded or short of breath from the pain. a few years ago i was told by a neurologist i have fibromyalga and needed to get more active and that would help some of my symptoms..havent been to the gym in a while due to health issues and now the back pain keeps me outta the gym.

Anyone ever had this or know what could be wrong?
I did strain it a little 3 weeks ago helping move a dishwasher but the symptoms are changing. and I really didnt "lift" anything
post #2 of 26
I had a friend who had sciatica because of a problem with her hip bones not aligning. It caused her all sorts of pain in the lower back. She ended up doing physical therapy, seeing a chiropractor, and taking a couple weeks disability.
post #3 of 26
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I had a friend who had sciatica because of a problem with her hip bones not aligning. It caused her all sorts of pain in the lower back. She ended up doing physical therapy, seeing a chiropractor, and taking a couple weeks disability.
ya know what..i just might take your advice...
I think my work would be flexable with that and my mom nags me to see a spine doctor. (chiropractor as everyone else calls em)

My sister has hip problems and has a whole butt load of problems..i might be in the same boat, i just never thought that would bother my back so much.
post #4 of 26
I have back problems since I'm over weight.
DH put his back out and going to the Chiro was the only way he got his fixed.
I hope yours gets better SOON!!! Sending healing vibes your way.
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by EricaNicole View Post
ya know what..i just might take your advice...
I think my work would be flexable with that and my mom nags me to see a spine doctor. (chiropractor as everyone else calls em)

My sister has hip problems and has a whole butt load of problems..i might be in the same boat, i just never thought that would bother my back so much.
Yep it can. If one thing isnt lined up right it messes up your back. I have arthritis is my hips and theyve been killing me lately that combined with my big ole baby belly Ive been having alot of back pain too. I would take some time off and go to the chiropractor. They can work wonders.
post #6 of 26
It is amazing how finely balanced our skeletal system is and how painful it is when it is out of alignment.
post #7 of 26
Just a thought, you said
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Its my lower back mostly, sometimes it feels like my muscles and sometimes it feels like its my spine.
is it in the middle? Or the sides of your back?
If it's the sides, it *could* be your kidneys.
post #8 of 26
depending on how bad it is, i would say its time to go get it checked.
even more so if any of the pain is starting to go down your legs or any strange feelings in your legs and feet.
post #9 of 26
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Just a thought, you said
is it in the middle? Or the sides of your back?
If it's the sides, it *could* be your kidneys.
I thought about that too, my mom has had those and always warns me about them.
Most of the time its the middle
but the last two days its been the side. Its like a traveling pain..here then there. I dunno how to explain it.
post #10 of 26
what side?
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
oh you guys...
the worst part is I have a desk job.
so sitting ruins me!
you guys are right..i might need to take some time off but financially I dont think i can, I just bought a new car and I have nice big juicey monthly payments. so I might have to just work through the pain while getting therapy.
Boy I tell ya..Im 22 and I feel like Im 62 (no offense to the 62 year olds in the house)
post #12 of 26
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what side?
The Left
post #13 of 26
o.k.
this may sound stupid, but here goes...........
does the pain start out in the back and then kind of radiate towards the left side and in your hip/pelvic area?
post #14 of 26
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o.k.
this may sound stupid, but here goes...........
does the pain start out in the back and then kind of radiate towards the left side and in your hip/pelvic area?
not quite
its always been right in the spine. like no matter how hard i massaged i couldnt reach it. mostly like that when i stand
when i sit its like someone is stabbing me in the chubby part of my lower back (i dunno if anyone else has little chubbies there but i do ) about 3 inches away from my spine(to the left) and two inches away from my butt crack
post #15 of 26
If I were you, I would go in! From the sounds of it, I can only GUESS now, but it sounds like your kidney area.Either way, you need to have it looked at.It could be a pinched nerve,a slipped disk,a pulled muscle,a kidney stone/infection.
I hope you start feeling better!!!
post #16 of 26
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If I were you, I would go in! From the sounds of it, I can only GUESS now, but it sounds like your kidney area.Either way, you need to have it looked at.It could be a pinched nerve,a slipped disk,a pulled muscle,a kidney stone/infection.
I hope you start feeling better!!!

Thanks
Always looking out!
post #17 of 26
I have scoliosis. when I was in school (I graduated), I would get back pains and it would be hard to sit on the chairs somedays. I had to go to physical therapy and none of the exercises were helping me so my physical therapist enrolled me into horse back riding. and it has helped ever since. I haven't went horse back riding in forever since i have been so busy. I hope to go next Spring. I hope you figure out what is causing your back problems soon! and I hope you feel better soon. back problems are no fun.
post #18 of 26
The only tip I have is that if you are getting muscle spasms put ice on your back instead of heat. Heat will make muscle spasms worse. A chiropractor told me this when I was having issues with my back and it helped me a lot.

Also if your health insurance would cover it perhaps you may want to go see a chiropractor. A lot of them have office hours on Saturdays or in the evenings. My back got messed up a couple of times and going to the chiropractor provided noticable relief immediately. If you do go this route try to get a referral from someone for a good chiropractor.
post #19 of 26
Yep, ice it for 30 minutes on and 20 off
post #20 of 26
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Thanks
Always looking out!
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Miagi's_Mommy View Post
I have scoliosis. when I was in school (I graduated), I would get back pains and it would be hard to sit on the chairs somedays. I had to go to physical therapy and none of the exercises were helping me so my physical therapist enrolled me into horse back riding. and it has helped ever since. I haven't went horse back riding in forever since i have been so busy. I hope to go next Spring. I hope you figure out what is causing your back problems soon! and I hope you feel better soon. back problems are no fun.
The neurologist did notice i had a curve in my spine.
well i will remember everything when i go in to the doc
maybe all my symptoms will add up and they can help
me
thanks!
post #22 of 26
I've had back problems on and off for years. I now go to a chiropractor weekly and it has done wonders for me. Just make sure it's a good one. In the mean time ice does help, also there is a book with exercises called "Healing your own back pain". One that i find really helpful is you lie on your stomach and raise yourself up on your elbows like a sphinx. It seems to relieve the pressure on your lower back. Good luck, hope you feel better soon.
post #23 of 26
I hope that everyone with back problems can get them straightened out.

I've had a back problem for almost two years now. I injured myself at work in January of 2005. Some doctor at a occupational health center did a poor job of telling me that I have a muscle strain. The only testing they did after I was hurt was with an x-ray. How they came to that conclusion I have no idea. A couple of weeks after that I was twisting around and felt a sharp "pop" in my lower spine slightly above my waist. I went back to the doctor (by this time I was tuck with them and didn't want to go through the hassle of fighting with work comp about getting a new one) and they insisted that it was a muscle strain and wouldn't do any more testing nor would they refer to me a specialist. After a couple of months of physical therapy that wasn't helping I got fed up and went to back to full duty at work.

Over the last couple of months it has gotten worse. I have a hard time doing the most menial of tasks. Not long after I start my back goes out. Since the "pop" I get a sharp pain through my left buttock. I get a tingling sensation in my fingers and toes and I have trouble moving around. Something is pinching my sciatic nerve and the culprit is more than likely a slipped/herniated disc. My primary care physician doesn't handle work comp but since I haven't filed a new claim yet my injury isn;t a work comp case. I have an appointment tomorrow to see him about it so that I can get an MRI scheduled and a referral to a specialist (a neurosurgeon who has been taking care of my dad's back and neck problems for a while). If I need surgery I'm going to have to file with work comp but if it's something that can be taken care of without it then I'll just pay my co-pays. One thing is certain- I'll never see another doctor in the occupational health filed ever again. This is my second work injury ( the first was a inguinal hernia) and the OC doctors don't do anything but give the runaround.

Bryan
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by EricaNicole View Post
Anyone here with Back problems?

heres my story:

My back has been hurting for about 3 weeks now...pretty much consistantly.
Its my lower back mostly, sometimes it feels like my muscles and sometimes it feels like its my spine. Somedays sitting helps other days sitting is what makes it hurt. I walk like i got a stick up my rearend and no massage, icy/hot patch or mattress change will help. Relief is only temporarly and now Im starting to get winded or short of breath from the pain. a few years ago i was told by a neurologist i have fibromyalga and needed to get more active and that would help some of my symptoms..havent been to the gym in a while due to health issues and now the back pain keeps me outta the gym.

Anyone ever had this or know what could be wrong?
I did strain it a little 3 weeks ago helping move a dishwasher but the symptoms are changing. and I really didnt "lift" anything
It could be just pulled muscles for which physio and/or a chiropractor will help.

However, it could be something more serious.

I would recommend going to your doctor and getting yourself looked at. i don't want to frighten you, but I worked with a girl who had a back ache and had been going to the doctor about it and eventually found out it was bone cancer and she died 3 weeks after being diagnosed. I'm not saying that is what is wrong with you, just trying to show you that back pain isn't always about sore muscles.
post #25 of 26
Oh honey, I hope you feel better soon! I have spondilolysis in my lower back and have had the constant pain as a friend since I was 12! It wasn't diagnosed as such until the advent of MRI's and CAT scans - then the doctors knew that I wasn't faking it! I then developed scoliosis in my neck about 4 years ago. No fun at all!

The only good thing that has happened to me since my back problems started is that my pain threshold is amazingly high...
post #26 of 26
I've had back pain since I started working a desk job full-time almost 3 years ago. It gets pretty bad, and I have to almost beg my husband to give me massages sometimes. I went to a chiropractor, and he said there isn't much they can do for chronic back pain...that they can help the pain but never make it go away. Also my insurance did cover the chiropractor but I still had to pay a $20 copay...he wanted to see me 3 times a week and there's no way I could afford to pay $60 a week for it.
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