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Lower back pain please help

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,899
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
Well It's been so long since I hurt my back that I don't know if going to a doctor would do me any good. I am 23 and have had back problems since I was 11.

I tried to do a flip on a trampoline and landed on my neck. On the trampoline of course but it hurt way worse than what it sounds. I didn't do anything for 3 days just layed on the couch didn't even turn my head to watch tv. Had help up to and from the bathroom. My parents were poor so my mom figured when I felt well enough to walk without her holding me that I was all better.

My mom took me to a massiotherapist (sp?) twice a year until I was old enough to pay for it and well im too cheap and I don't really think it helped. I get pain in my lower back mostly it will stay for days to weeks at a time making it impossible for me to bend forward very far. Other than the lower back pain my back will just ache here and there most of the time.
Is it just me or should I see someone?
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  • I think you should inform your Dr. about your pain and he would decide for any further testing through his assessment. Keep us informed of your progress. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are having chronic pain. ~X( it would be wise to see a doctor if your pain persists and bothers you. :-C it may require something a simple as rest and anti-inflammatories. he can steer you in the right direction. have a look around the different forums and make yourself at home. good luck with future pain treatments. =D> Jenny :)
  • :H
    You should definitely see your doctor and describe your fall and your symptoms. Then you will at least start to get the help that you need. If it's just a sore back there are lots of things that the doctor can do for you.
  • I think you should def. see a dr for this because if it is something serious you wanted to address it as soon as possible to prolong any other kind of damage to your nerves if it is that.. You do not want permanant nerve damage. that will last the rest of your life.. Good luck and I hope the pain stops for you.. take care and rest...
  • I really think you need to carefully jot a note of the history down so you don't miss anything when you tell the docs and of course, how it makes you feel etc.

    Doctors are graet at making us feel rushed and I certainly forget something when I go.
    I once even gave the list to the doctor to keep/read - He was quite surprised but since that point I was taken more seriously.

    I wish you well. >:D<
  • Some specific exercises can help your back. One is to gently stretch your back muscles. Lie on your back with your knees bent and slowly raise your left knee to your chest. Press your lower back against the floor. Hold for five seconds. Relax and repeat the exercise with your right knee. Do 10 of these exercises for each leg, switching legs.

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  • dr.smith said:
    Some specific exercises can help your back. One is to gently stretch your back muscles. Lie on your back with your knees bent and slowly raise your left knee to your chest. Press your lower back against the floor. Hold for five seconds. Relax and repeat the exercise with your right knee. Do 10 of these exercises for each leg, switching legs.

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  • I threw a football when I was 18. Well basically had a horific pain, I would do natural child birth all over again over the pain that I had that week. Anyway, I was laid up for a week. Then I got better. About once a year I would get the low back pain but after a couple days it was gone. Anyway this went on for 10 yrs. Long story short. Finally went to the correct doc and ended up having a l5 s1 fusion due to a torn, leaking, bulging disk.
    So get in now before you have no alternative than surgery. doc said if I would have went in sooner I could have avoided it.
    So please go to your doc!!!
  • =))
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I really went around the block with my back problems (seems like every traditional medical approach, except surgery) without much help. Finally, went to a physiatrist (rehab specialist) who was able to diagnose an SI joint problem in addition to the bulging disks. He's a doctor that does actual hands on manipulation, if needed. He adjusted me and I felt great relief.

    My SI joint actually gets "stuck" sometimes and that's when my lower back really hurts. Since, I know what the problem is, I found a chiropractor that can adjust me when it gets stuck. Not all know how to do this.

    My lower back still hurts/aches but this helps a lot. In addition, I found an incredible rolfer and physical therapist who did hands on manipulation, too. They were able to tell me about ways in which my body had adapted to the injury that actually make the pain worse. For instance, when my hamstrings get too tight, it pulls on my SI and lower back. So, I keep them stretched and loose. Plus, lower back exercises.

    Exercise (rather hard kind like running and weights) have helped tremendously. It took me years to figure that out since I hurt so much, it seemed counterintuitive to train hard. I was afraid to try. When I exercise, I feel much better. But, I had to learn which exercises were helpful and safe and which were not. I worked with a good trainer at first.

    Acupuncture got me feeling great. Enough to go on a long hiking trip. But it did not "hold" for me and the pain came back. It's expensive and time consuming so I don't think I would do it again unless I had a special trip planned.

    Steroid injections worked but only "held" for a short time.

    I had TERRIBLE sciatic pain. Went to a naturopath/chiropractor who said that he could adjust my back and give me relief but it would come back because it is a structural issue. But, the sciatic pain was due to my gallbladder meridian. He gave me some herbs (capsules) which I took and the pain went away and never came back! This was 3 yrs ago.

    I share this to encourage people to try alternatives. My experience was that you have to find a really good alternative doctor or other person. I went to several PT's before I found the ones that could help. 2 different rolfers. Several chiropractors (most did not help at all). But, when you find those REALLY good at what they do, it is a tremendous help.

    Wow, that was long.


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