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Pain in lower back (left hand side).

David1987DDavid1987 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Lower Back Pain
I've been experiencing internal lower back pain for a little over 3 months now. It appeared to have started after I was working some construction with a friend. But after resting it and working out with it - it doesn't seem to be getting any better at all. It only hurts when I bent over and it is a dull ache with a slight bit of sharp pain. If I could pin point its location, I would have to guess it would be right about where my dimple is on the left side of my lower back.

Any advice? I'm extremely nervous because I am supposed to be leaving for the military in 3 months and this problem has been impeeding my activities. My friend suggested Icing it, then heating it, while using a TENS unit and BioFreeze (spelling on the "tens" and "biofreeze" may be incorrect.. it's similar to icyhot).

Thanks for the help!


  • Did it come on very strong and intense. Like crippling for the first while ? or how did it come on ?

    Did you notice what you were doing when it began to hurt ? Just bending over ?

    It sounds similar to mine except mine was excruciating for a solid month. Bed riddin. I was bending over to pick up a pop can to recycle it and bam. I was herniated. I don't understand how those little movements can do so much damage.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 4,884
    First off...thanks for serving!

    Now your pain...I would think it deserves a doctors' visit..to get an all clear.
    When you are "impaired" for lack of better word.. you are not the only one affected but your whole unit.

    It could be muscle strain..it could be many different things.

    Please invest in the doc check up so you are at your best while you're doing your best.
    Serving isn't easy!

    Thanks again for choosing the not so easy life as is the military life!

    Good luck to you!

    moderator, ~~savage

  • Morrissey said:
    I don't understand how those little movements can do so much damage.

    It's not a little movement that makes the damage. This is like a crack in the structure. It's inside developing unnoticeably, and finally hits the pain zone. Pain is a reletive term here, some people experience it when they have very little pain and some at a later stage. In medical term it is called subluxation
  • David,

    Sorry for your pain and thanks for serving us.

    Yes Biofreeze and icepack would definitely help. But this would be a interim solution. For longterm check with a good chiropractor, work on strengthening your core muscles and maintain a good posture. 3 months is a good period of time to heel.
    David1987 said:

    My friend suggested Icing it, then heating it, while using a TENS unit and BioFreeze (spelling on the "tens" and "biofreeze" may be incorrect.. it's similar to icyhot).

    Thanks for the help!
  • There are too many possible reasons. It might be a pinched nerve. It's best for you to see a doctor.
  • I always descfibed pain coming from where the dimple on the lower back is also, it was my l4l5 disc causing it, We cant tell you what it is because we are not dr,s and no way to know how bad it is without looking at it with either mri or exray,

    Its very posible in can resolve itself in time. Or its posible they might need to do injections to help recover by bringing down the inflammarion along with pt,

    Puting ice on it and heat usaly cant hurt it so sounds like a safe bet to see if it helps,

    But if you feel its not geting beter then time to get a dr,s opinion on it, good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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