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Worst Spasm Ever

bluemax01bbluemax01 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi.. I am new to this forum but not to lower back pain.
For years now, at least once or twice a year I would get lower back pain and mild spasms after doing something menial such as just bending to pick something up. I have gone to chiropractors and had adjustments and felt fine a few days later.
What brings me to the forum is new... Last week while sitting, I reached out to put down a magazine. I felt a couple of small twinges, then pow! I was hit with the worse lower back spasm I have ever felt. I spent 45 minutes lying on the floor in cold sweats, I could hardly breathe. I finally pulled my self over to my bed and pulled myself in. I took flexoril and hydrocodone and spent the day in bed. My wife came home that evening and checked on me. I still could not move without the spasm reoccurring. The only way it would stop is if while laying on my back, bent my left knee and extended my right leg. She decided to call an ambulance and they me placed on the gurney in the one non painful position.
At the hospital they took X-rays and the Dr came in and said everything was OK and gave me a valium shot. He also said that I might want to see an Orthopedic Specialist.

The Ortho asked me to pickup the Xrays from the hospital and come in. Which I did. The comments page of the xrays said that I had anterolisthesis grade 1 of L5 on S1. The Ortho read this and asked if I had had pain like this prior. I told him only mild. HE said lets get an MRI before we go any further..

Does anyone have this experience or any suggestions? Is this where they talk fusions?



  • Oh my god, you too!! Your symptoms and case scenario are so like mine. I'm going for a scan tomorrow, I'll be updating my thread "back crooked and lower back spasms". Aren't those spasms the worst pain, I wouldn't even wish it upon my worst enemy.
  • Thanks for the reply OHHENRY.

    The pain was so bad that I could not breathe until the spasm stopped. The spasms are gone now, but its still sore. The MRI is tomorrow afternoon so hopefully I will be able to post over the weekend. GL on your tests tonmorrow!
  • So anxious to find out your results, wish I could have bypassed the ordinary scan and go right to the MRI but I'm sort of in the neck of the woods so I'll have to be patient. My episode started this time just standing up from my computer chair. I felt a twinge, by the time I got to the kitchen, I had to sit down. Then I felt a crap coming on, I said to myself, oh no. My wife was at work. I held on to whatever I could and finally made it to the toilet and spent 3 hours on the seat with constipation (because of medication I'm taking for another condition) and spasms.
    After 3 hours, I called my wife so she could come and help me get off the can. I almost called an ambulance.

    When I read this, it's almost funny but I'll tell you, it was no laughing matter at the time.
  • Hi I am new to the forum after breaking my L1 in Jan 2010. I too am getting a lot of back spasms they are horrible, my specialist says its the spine's way of protecting its self but I am not sure, I am 16 months after my accident and still in pain and still suffering in my life try not to winge as I know reading other people's stories they suffered more than me but it does not help much. Cate
  • The strange thing about pain is everybody has a different level of assessment and tolerance. Not one person can attest to another person's perception of his/her pain. I know that until I got these spasms, when someone told me they were in pain for whatever reason, | have to admit that I may have thought it couldn't be as bad as they let on.
    Well the old saying still stands, "until you've walked a mile in my shoes" still applies.

    Hope to have some results of my lower back scan tomorrow.
  • Spasms are the worst, I think; you really can't control them, they happen as a result of the most insignificant action or they happen as a result of....nothing! I have struggled with spasms for many, many years, from my neck to my toes, depending on the day. I am currently dealing with low back spasms, from one side to the other and working upwards.

    In the past few weeks, I have had several sets of trigger point injections; most often they are helpful, but every now and then I come away wondering if it was worth it. I have increased my stretching, muscle relaxants, had several Demerol (meperidine) shots because that is the last medication that works for me, helping both with pain AND spasma, and been to multiple physiotherapy (manual therapy including light traction, TENS and Interferential and ultrasound) and acupuncture appointments. There are periods where it seems as though nothing helps, then suddenly things ease off and I can take a breath again.

    I have great sympathy for you; no matter how long or how short the episodes, they are miserable, especially when they start to creep up and/or down the rest of your body.

    I've heard some people say they have good luck with icing the areas with the spasm; it hasn't helped me a lot, as I respond better to heat, but it's simple enough to be worth a try.

    A combination Magnesium/Malic acid supplement can be very helpful, and has given me some great relief in the past, off and on.

    I hope things settle down and you can find something that works for you. When those muscles go into "guard" mode, it's very difficult to convince them to come undone!

  • Yeah wow, hot showers. I wish I could take baths or had a hot tub because I spasm almost everywhere & every day. It sure gets tiring.
    Don't mean to complain, it's just a sore day. One wish today, it would be for a hot tub.
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