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Constant Lower back pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi Im 22 and it was shortly after my 22nd birthday that my back pain had started. At first it was really bad, and I actually had to give up my job at the time because we were constantly walking, and driving to different places, at that time I had a hard time getting in and out of a car, or just moving from sitting and standing. that was 4 1/2 months ago, Now its not quite as bad, but it will get to points where I cant sit, or I cant stand. shoots down my legs, and especially into my hips. The pain has never really stopped, but I do have better or more tollerable days than others. Sometimes at night my back gets really numb, or a very uncomfortable feeling that I cant really explain, I guess the best way to explain it, is as if I'm laying on a flat surface that covers my shoulders and butt, but my lower back is floating in air. when it is on a surface,

Unfortunately I work part time, and that barely covers my rent, so getting medical help to check it out is an impossible expense for me. My mom has given me pain killers and even a muscle relaxent in the past, to see if it would help in the past, but all it really did was give me a good 3-4 hour nap instead of even help reduce any of the pain.

I'm to the point where I really cant stand this anymore. I've never had any real upper body injuries before, unless sprain wrist count? Though I threw my knee out in 2006 and even today that still gets to me, but I havent had much of a problem with it in this time period.

My question is if there is anything I can do to help with the pain, or is seeing a doctor my only option and well over $100 that I dont have. I've tried both heating and ice packs, and they either helped briefly or made it worst. I'm out of idea's and could really use some advice.
Thank you.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    If the money is yours and no insurance. Spend it wisely and go straight to a spine specialist, Ortho. or neurosurgeon.
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Is there anyway that you can get to a teaching hospital or medical university? You can usually get very good care there and they will charge you according to your income. I have insurance and also live close to a very good medical university so I have received very good care there. The only difference is that you will have tons of interns watching the exams and procedures but I have found that it is well worth the care that you receive. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • One of the best things you can do to prevent back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back muscles strong. Exercises that increase balance and strength can decrease your risk of falling and injuring your back or breaking bones. Exercises such as tai chi and yoga – or any weight-bearing exercise that challenges your balance – are good ones to try.

    This article has some more tips on preventing/reducing back pain
    http://www.gomoji.com/pages/article_detail/31.php?id=111#CAN BACK PAIN BE PREVENTED?
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