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pulled muscle or disc trouble?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello everyone -- first post on this site, thanks for welcoming me.

I'm a story with a pretty happy ending, at least so far. I've had some fairly serious back issues in my forty years -- a pinched nerve in my 20s (a true one, not one of them fake pinched nerves!) and then, in 2006 and 2007 many terrible episodes due to a herniated L5-S1. I had all the MRIs, consults, etc, and was doing my best to avoid surgery via a brilliant physio, pilates, and so on. Despite the seriousness of my pain (too many days and nights to count absolutely unable to move) I did beat it, and I successfully moved to France in the summer of 2007 with my wife and sons and never looked back.

I kept up my back exercises, had a medicine cabinet of pills at the ready which I used if I needed them (for the rare twinge or pain after a long plane ride, etc) and generally kept an eye on it.

It's actually been so long since I had anything scary, that tonight, after doing something really not good at all, I'm not sure how to self-diagnose. I was horsing around with my kids (8 and 10), didn't feel anything go, but an hour afterwards, my lower back began to stiffen up and I had that old familiar feeling of fragility -- hard to stand (but not to sit) difficult to get out of bed, etc. I immediately iced and took an Anaprox, which has helped a bit, but because it's been so long, I don't recall what I ought to be doing next, and I'm not sure if I've reinjured the disk or if I've just pulled a muscle. How do I tell the difference? There's no radiating pain down my leg, but I can't stand straight and I feel wobbly. What's the best thing to do tomorrow?

Thanks for reading ...


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