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Over 2 months of lower, middle and upper back pain. Please help :(

tomh2234ttomh2234 Posts: 5
edited 09/05/2014 - 7:43 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi all my names Tom, im 24 and in good shape at 6 '2 73kg,

About 2 months ago i started getting lower back pain, it was not that bad just needed 2 panadeine forte to ease the pain after work. Two weeks had gone by with the pain being consistent and not residing, i then went and got an xray with no abnormalities. The pain has been constant in the middle of my lower spine, when I bend backwards the slightest im in all sorts of pain, I am able to bend forward to touch my toes easily with no pain.

I am not able to stand in a position for longer then 1 minute without having to move because of the pain, sitting is easier though it is painful and i do use a heat pack all the time. I have to stand after half an hr and that is pushing it.

I wake in the mornings with lower back pain every morning now, this has only started in the past 3-4 weeks, before then everything had been due to standing or sitting. The pain has been so server several times only 10mg of endone would ease the pain. The doctors are hesitant to give me endone all the time though and i see their point.

I do not want to be on medication for back pain, this has effected my ability to do anything. I am stuck in im house all the time now. I am doing physio twice a week but it seems to do nothing, I think i should go back to jujitsu but my doctors are telling me not to.

Please help some one, this is ruining my life.


  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 09/06/2014 - 10:11 AM
    Have you only seen your GP & the physio so far? It would be worth getting referred to a spine specialist. I know that in examinations severe pain bending backwards can have a lot of diagnostic meaning. They had me do that a lot when I was having blocks & RFA's for my facet joints. Your GP is the first step but they're not the best equipped to deal with spine issues that don't resolve quickly. A specialist can offer you many more options.

    Has your physio given you stretches & exercises to do at home? Does heat work better than ice? I often find alternating between ice & heat more effective. I've been advised to do what works best...it's worth experimenting. When things are bad taking a very hot Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) bath & massaging airomatherapy pain blend oils helps me particularly as part of my bedtime routine.

    X-rays are a first step but not good at showing a lot of spine problems. It could be time for more diagnostic tests, probably an MRI, they are better at showing disc & other damage. This has been going on for a while, it's probably time to take this further....

    Good luck ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Just my opinion Tom you can take it or leave it ill take the time to talk to you if you want.you have a pinched muscle/nerve lay off the pain med I know that sounds dumb but pain med hurt you they allow your body to relax when it should be protecting itself.if you take an antiinflamitory ie;mobic non narco you got to take a good series of it to start working in the mean time take two aleave and go for a walk and do the stretches they gave you dont over due stretches pulling harder doesnt make it work faster all in time man you wont remember how much it hurt when the in is gone thank god for giving you the ability to feel painI do everyday hes real good to me that way or maybe im wrong but if your worried about your disks your legs would be on fire not your back well in some people
  • Have you seen a board certified spine surgeon for a consult to see what is actually causing the pain? Treating a condition without knowing what it is isn't exactly going to bring good results.

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