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post #1 of 16
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I was bringing laundry upstairs today and I set the basket on the bed. Well when I straitened back up I kind of twisted to walk out of the room at the same time. My lower back popped a few times on the left side of my spine. Now I have pain into my hip and leg. I've had my back pop like that before after bending over but never sciatic pain like this afterward. I took some ibuprofen so hopefully that will help.
post #2 of 16
sorry to hear! i have problems with my lower back at times but nothing i cant handle. however, my neck is another story. I have spasms and stiffness all the time. As a matter of fact, as I am typing its hurting. i hate it, and advil doesnt help me. :-(
once i get better insurance i will prolly go to get it checked. I think its mainly stress....it kinda started a couple of weeks after my kitty died so i think this combined with all the other stress is making it like this. i hate it tho!


Hope you feel better soon
post #3 of 16
Try putting an ice pack on your lower back. That helps when mine is hurting - though I don't get sciatica pain.

Dina - if you don't mind me asking, how old are you? And have you ever had any sort of whiplash injury? -even from a fall that would have whipped your head back.
I have spasms and stiffness in my neck too, but it's far from being stress. My neck is full of spurs and there's some instability issues - some of it is genetic and some is from past injury.

Age doesn't matter so much since anyone can have spine issues but it becomes more common as you get older.
post #4 of 16
Oh I feel for you! My mom fell through our ceiling when I was a child while changing our air conditioner filter.... my father caught her before she hit the ground but not before she bounced off the water heater. She's suffered back pain on and off since. The doctor said something as little as picking up a pencil the wrong way can throw it off - probably an exaggeration, but still....

Hope you feel better soon!!!!
post #5 of 16
If it was true sciatic nerve damage, you would have extreme pain and disability........... Believe me, I have sciatica!
post #6 of 16
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Well on a scale of one to ten the pain is around a nine so I don't know. I most likely just pulled a muscle really bad though, maybe even tore it. If it's not better in a few days I'll go the doctor. Ibuprophen take the edge of somewhat but that's about it.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
Well on a scale of one to ten the pain is around a nine so I don't know. I most likely just pulled a muscle really bad though, maybe even tore it. If it's not better in a few days I'll go the doctor. Ibuprophen take the edge of somewhat but that's about it.
Have you felt similar pain prior to this experience? Can you walk, bend over, lift items both left and right hand?
post #8 of 16
luvmycat1...You jinxed me!
I had only laid down in bed for a few minutes a few hours ago before getting up to go to bathroom and I must have moved wrong somehow causing it set my back off. Took a tramadol to help me go to sleep and woke up about an hour ago because of the pain. So now it's 5:19am and I'm sitting on an ice pack.

Make sure to eat something when taking the ibuprofen, especially if you're taking higher doses. You don't want upset stomach or acid reflux pain too..

About that pain scale. A couple of tips, try to be descriptive about what the pain feels like to the doctor and compare it to something the doctor would likely easily understand. Don't exaggerate, they may not take you serious later. On that 1-10 scale, I reserve 10 and higher for any sort of large severe burn. May none of us ever experience that.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
Have you felt similar pain prior to this experience? Can you walk, bend over, lift items both left and right hand?
Yeah, I've had similar pain like this lots of times. Usually it's on the right side of my spine though. I can walk and bend over but it hurts. Lifting stuff is OK.
post #10 of 16
Try lying on the opposite side, pulling the painul leg gently as close to your chest as you can get. Gently, being the operative word here. If you have a partner, have them knead the hip, bottom and lower back area down to the knee, firmly, but not until it hurts more. Sometimes this can work out sciatic pain, and will not hurt if it does not help. Good old fashioned epsom salt soaks can be very helpful, too. I have a client that I still see once a week just so we can do some gentle stretches and kneading on his arthritic hip and sciatica pain. It seems to help him. I hope you feel better.
post #11 of 16
I hope you feel better soon Maybe its a pain that will just go away.

My sister recently slipped on some ice and landed wrong and should could barely walk! Now she is fine though..the muscles just had to heal I think.
post #12 of 16
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It must not be too serious because I feel a bit better. Of course I just woke up so I'll see what the day brings.
post #13 of 16
I have a problem with my sciatic nerve too. There are different levels and I think I just "pinch" mine sometimes.

My MIL has the same problem and one thing she told me that really helped is to lay flat on your back on the the floor, bend the knee of the leg that is hurting, and slowly pull it up to you chest. Don't do fast or to the point that it hurts, but if a nerve is pinched, that can help straighten the spine out. Once you get it to your chest you will be able to tell how you need to move to relieve the pressure.

If the pain is shooting down your leg, it sounds like a pinched nerve rather than a pulled muscle.
post #14 of 16
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It's been somewhat OK today. My dad has a bad back so I had him show me some of the exercises he does. They are mostly crunch type exercises because having good abdomen muscles helps support the back. Ugggh, I'm so sore from it. They are pretty hard when you're out of shape.
post #15 of 16
I don't know about crunches...I was made to do a lot of stretches in PT. Here's a good site for examples. http://www.spine-health.com/Wellness...-Overview.html
post #16 of 16
I'm sorry to hear you're in such pain--and I can identify with it. I have sciatica.

The last attack (and the worst) was 2 years ago this June. Nothing helped, until a co-worker recommended yoga. I was dubious, unil I tried it--and got nearly instant relief. It was amazing! Try these poses:

1. Downward dog

2. The cat

3. The bridge

4. The serpent (I think this is the best one)

You may want to check this out with your doctor first. I can only say that it really helped me.

Hope you feel better very soon!
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