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I'm not sure how to directly post to the lower back pain section, so I'll post here instead

I'm new to the spine-health community, and I am here to find solutions to the back pain I've been experiencing in the last few months.

I'm an 18 year old female, and I've been having problems with upper and lower back pain. It started out as a lot of tension in the neck/shoulders area months ago, and today it has progressed to my lower back. I spend most of my day sitting: I attend school for 7 hours, and sit for 90 minutes at a time. When I return home, I sit at my desk for hours as I finish homework. The only time I feel comfortable is when I'm laying down, and thus, I spend most of my time not working laying in bed.

I went and got a massage in early January, thinking it would help with my upper back pain. My upper and lower back felt amazing that day, but resumed hurting the next day.

I tend to feel pain in my upper right half of my back (the right side of my neck and the right side of my lower back) as well as in both sides of my shoulders. This might be because I carry a very heavy backpack mainly on my right shoulder because the left strap is broken.

I think I'm a little young to experience back pain on a regular basics, so I'm curious to what the community has to say. Thoughts?


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    It may very well be that because of the weight of the back pack and the way you are carrying the weight, un-even distribution, plus the amount of weight is contributing to the problems you are having. Why not purchase a new back pack and carry only the materials you need for the first half of the day ( until you have lunch or a break in between classes) then get the materials you need for the last half of the day from a locker......another means might be to use a handled carry bag to carry some of the heavier matierals in , rather than using your upper back, shoulders and neck muscles.
    If you don't address the distribution of the way you are carrying the weight , you won't see improvement in the symptoms.....even though you are young, misusing the muscles can result in problems down the road. Physical therapy and perhaps an occupational therapist might be able to help you balance the weights a bit more to allow you to ease some of the tension.
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