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New Here... trying to figure my back issues out.

AnnShhAAnnShh Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in New Member Introductions
Hey everyone. I just joined this forum in hopes of finding someone with the same or similar symptoms to me who can give me some ideas to what I could be dealing with. So far my dr hasn't come up with anything definitive.

19 y/o female in ROTC. I'm in decent shape and have never had any trauma to my back, unless you want to count several falls from horses over the past 6 years.

About a year ago, I started having excruciating intermittent back pain. It came on suddenly, almost always if I bent over or twisted around. It would go away after laying down for a few minutes and then I felt fine. Happened every so often... not frequently enough for me to be concerned until now.

1.5 weeks ago I was sitting on the ground and twisted around to pick something up. I was met with an excruciating sharp shooting pain through my lower-middle back almost radiating towards the right side. I was in so much pain that after lying down, I couldn't sit or stand up. I finally forced myself to get up and I went to urgent care where they put me on a heavy dose of pain meds, anti-inflamatories, and steroids. 3 days later, the same thing occured, as bad if not worse than the time before that. They changed up the meds I was on. A few days after that, it happened again but not nearly as bad and it went away after laying down for a bit. However, after the last time it happened, my back felt bruised for the rest of the day (there was no visible bruising though). Most days inbetween I have a dull aching pain, usually around my mid-lower back. Some days my back feels fine. X-rays clear, urine test (to test kidney function) clear.

Any ideas?


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.i am sorry i have no ideas to help you with your problem.. it sounds as if you might need to see a back specialist and get a diagnosis, an MRI.. this can be difficult and time consuming but you need to know what is going on.. good luck to you!Jenny :)
  • Sorry to hear about your back issues. It could be any of number of things causing your pain. Only way you will know is follow up with a spine specialist. Only tests will show what might be the cause. Such as mri. Posibly mylogram if mri dont show anything. If they dont find anything serious that stands out. Pt will probably what they will recomend to teach you proper body mechanics and build up the muscles that help keep your spine healthy without further causing injury

    Being as young as you are is the time to catch the problem and correct it sooner the beter so you dont cause further injury to your back and have to have surgery down the road as many of us here. Welcome to the site and let us know what the spine specialist finds and recomends for you. Good luck. Alex
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Thanks guys :) I forgot to mention that my GP ordered an MRI. Leaving here in a few minutes for it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it shows something.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ...for information and support! Some of the articles here may be a benefit to you!
    Any kind of fall can cause a back situation.
    I had a similiar situation where my pain would subside and I would go back to normal activities and at the oddest times..the pain would scream, "I'm back!"
    I would be at the store and turn the corner with the shopping cart.. and that was enough to set it off.
    It took me awhile to realize the twisting, turning, anything could set by back to screaming.
    My doc told me...this is chronic. Doesn't matter if I feel fine..no twisting..no turning..no bending, lifting, etc..
    Now I try to be perfectly aligned..when sitting, walking, etc.. and no more crossing my legs. That was difficult to give up. ")
    You are still very young. When you have xrays to find out the exact area of involvement and some changes to lifestyle..you could improve your comfort/pain level.
    Best of luck to you and stay connected! This site has been such a help to me. Trying to navigate through life with pain can be a lonely experience. The folks here "get it."
    Take care!
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  • I don't think that I would be keeping my fingers crossed for a positive finding on an MRI or Myelogram. I would be keeping my fingers crossed for it to be something more simple, like muscle spasms for instance. I will keep my fingers crossed for you to have a negative MRI reading, you don't need to have back problems at your age or any age for that matter. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
  • Fingers crossed for positive findings was probably bad wording on my part. I was hoping they would find something because if I am going to keep missing training, I'd need a diagnosis.

    Unfortunately the findings were not good. One, likely two, bulging disks in my lower lumbar area. It was recommended that I see a neurosurgeon for evaluation and I have an appt on Tuesday.

    While I am relieved to find out that I'm not crazy or imagining something being wrong, I am sad and disappointed at what they found. It complicates things for my planned college education and career, as well as job back home (ROTC/Army, and I work on a farm). We will see what the surgeon says on Tuesday.
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