Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

What is this pain from bending forward and straightening up?

MrSkunkApeMMrSkunkApe Posts: 1
edited 12/01/2014 - 7:14 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello. I'm a 38 year old male (6'1 and 190 lbs). I noticed around June of this year that I started having this lower lumbar pain (L5 area) whenever I would bend forward (like at the degree of touching head to knees while standing) or when I would get up from a sitting position after about 10 minutes or longer. It has been getting worse over the last 6 months and sometimes I cannot even use the bathroom in a sitting position for longer than 5 minutes or it really hurts to straighten up when I go to stand up.

When I'm moving about during the day it does not hurt (but the lower back does feel fatigued). I can also bend backwards and lift heavy items without pain but once I bend forward it hurts pretty bad in that lower L5 area. The best relief I can get it when I lay down for the night on my bed and I can completely relax my back and stomach core muscles.

I went to my doctor and he diagnosed it as a "low back strain" from lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting heavy items at work. Then I went to a Chiropractor and he just adjusts my spine twice per week. I have not felt any relief since going to the Chiropractor and he refuses to agree that I should get an MRI.

Does anyone have these symptoms or know what this could be? I'm a Kinesiology student and I'm still puzzled as to what this is. It seems that my DR and Chiropractor do not know what it is either and they are just guessing.

Can I request my Primary Care Physician to send me to get an MRI under my insurance plan?

Thank you so much!



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. Here are some questions that you
    should answer:

    • - When did this first start?
      - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
      - What doctors have you seen?
      - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
      - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results
      - What medications are you currently using?
      - Has surgery been discussed as an option?
      - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
    of your situation and make it easier to respond.

    Please take a look at our forum rules: Forum Rules

    Doctors or anyone in the medical field will recommend MRI or other diagnostic tests based on their clinical examinations.
    If they feel tests are in order, they will provide the necessary justification so that the insurance company will approve the request. Today, it is harder and harder to get insurance companies to approve treatment. Doctors need to provide all the details, justifications and rationale. When its the right thing to do and its the right doctor, they will not hesitate to do this.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • until you know what is causing your pain, I would suggest that you hold off on the chiropractic treatment for now. When pain continues past a few weeks, it is best to seek a consult with a board certified spine surgeon to be sure that there are no issues structurally or neuropathically with the spine before undergoing chiropractor or other treatment.


Sign In or Register to comment.