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evolution of lower back pain

I regularly have lower back pain, this time is slightly different and can't tell if it is evolving positively or not.

It started last weekend when I was in complete pain and couldn't stand up straight, the only thing that would help is sitting perfectly still at a certain angle with back support.

Things seem to go better yesterday and decided to go to work, that evening and today though the pain is back but shifted. I can stand up straight but any movement still gives me a sharp pain (slightly duller than earlier in the week) and particularly going from sitting to standing up, there is a point where it hurts a huge amount. Once I'm standing straight its all fine again.

My back today feels like it is bruised and my upper legs feel hard and cramped up (possibly compensating). The question I have is whether this is a positive evolution or something else is going on. What would be my best treatment right now, hot packs, trying to get up every x minutes. I'm already taking some Ibuprofen.

Thanks for any help or pointers!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    There is nobody on the site qualified or permitted to give advice on your symptoms or treatment, any responses will be based on personal experiences and not formal medical advice.



    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi Pete. Have you ever seen a specialist for your back? What diagnostic tests & treatments have you had? If you've only ever seen your GP I would recommend getting a referral or at least an MRI so you know what going on in there. There could be many procedures & therapies that could help but without knowing your diagnosis it could be dangerous for us to recommend anything.
    I find that a hot Epsom salt (magnesium) bath can really help with inflammation. Do you take any medications? Getting some anti-inflamatory foods into your diet could help...it can't hurt. There are some OTC & airomatherapy oils which can help as topical treatments.
    When anyone says their legs feel hard & cramped it makes me think that some physical therapy work could help (I'd advise getting diagnostic tests first so they know what they're dealing with) tight hamstrings are linked with lumbar spine pain & they could teach you stretches to deal with that.

    Sorry I can't be of more help but without a diagnosis it's hard....
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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