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Hello everyone! I'm new. Please read my problem, thank you.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in New Member Introductions
Hey everyone. I just joined today to see if I can get some support with this lower back problem I'm having.

My name is Lianet, I'm 19 years old and from Miami, FL.

Hope to meet some interesting people and some great advice. :)

It started a long time ago and I haven't gotten it checked because it didn't seem like it was something really serious, just thought it was normal back pain from heavy lifting or whatever. Well, I guess it has progressed and gotten worse. For months, I get this sharp pain in the lower back/upper buttock area when I move a certain way, lift something heavy, or just move. The thing is that is not every day. At times, I go a week without it. I just have to "do the wrong thing," and there it is again. It's not a pain that lasts for too long either, it goes away rather fast. But it's really quick and sharp. It's 95% of the time on my right side...my left only a little bit. I can't lay down flat for too long, or sit for too long either. It gets to the point where it hurts to walk and I have to limp or just move a different way quickly. Sometimes I also wake up in the morning with my right leg hurting, and tingling (like when your leg falls asleep), but I don't know if that's because I slept wrong. The leg pain doesn't always happen when I have the pain either, it's on its own sometimes. At work it's happened a bunch of times because I have to carry big folders and do some heavy lifting; it's seriously aggravating. So, after reading and researching, I've come to the conclusion that it MAY be sciatica. But I'm still not sure. =\ It scares me because of most of these symptoms I've read lead to another condition that usually happens in 30-50 year olds...I'm too young. I don't know. It's so annoying and I hope it's nothing too serious.

I'm going to the orthopedic this weekend to do an X-ray and a general exam. Wish me luck. Any thoughts?

Thank you for reading! :)


  • Sorry, I also forgot to mention that I think it may also because I may have one leg slightly (about an inch) longer than the other. I measured them. I've also read that a lot of people have this and is nothing to be worried about. Maybe I'm worrying too much? Just coming up with ideas is all. Thank you.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. since this is really bothering you a trip to the doctor is a good idea. :W there is alot of information of the forum about sciatica so do alittle reading and see what you think! :? take is easy and don't do alot of lifting till you see you doctor if you can. you may be irritating something after all. good luck as you go for your visit. :D be sure and have your questions ready and get all the answers you need. keep us posted! Jenny :)
  • Well, I hope that you are just worrying too much. Since the pain is not horrible maybe it will be something that can be easily repaired with some conservative measures. There are so many things that it could be from your description that it would be really hard for anyone but a doc to even give you suggestions on what it may be. I wish you lots of luck and please post and let us know how you make out.
  • Get a second opinion, at least one second opinion. If the problem is affecting your life style, certainly do whatever non-surgical treatments first. But if it is something that is deteriorating even with physical therapy, injections, etc. then you may want to consider surgery. But certainly get at least one other expert opinion before going forth for treatment.
  • Hi...Im 18 so I can relate to the "too young for this" thing haha. My pt thought for a while that some of my pain was coming from my facet joints, which were uneven and led to one of my legs being just a bit longer. He would "adjust me" until they were even and then I worked on strengthening the muscles to keep them that way. It wasnt the cause of my pain but if nothing else works its worth mentioning to your doctor. good luck!
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