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Lumbar spine locked

SiennakateSSiennakate Posts: 1
edited 01/08/2015 - 11:39 PM in Lower Back Pain
This is my first post.

I have had back pain on and off for 3 years. I am a 33 year old female. The first time, I was just bending down and I heard a click and I couldn't stand up as it resulted in the most intense back spasm. This was continuous for 24 hours. The following day, I was fine just a little tender and so I saw no reason to see a Dr.

Fast forward a year and pregnant with my second. At 20 weeks, I suffered the same but this time the muscle spasms were intence enough for me to collapse with the pain. I was rushed to a&e and was hospitalised for a week. Not once did they examine my back as they were more concerned with my 'black outs'. A physio was sent to the ward and without a physical examination they explained I had SPD and needed crutches and sent me home.
I explained that the pain was down my thighs and at the back and my pelvis was extremely misaligned but insisted that it was SPD and gave me light physio to help.

My back has never been straight since. Recently, I have started to feel the pain come on and immediately went to my GP who prescribed Naproxen 500mg and co-codomol and referred me back to physio. She gave me 6 x 2mg diazepam in case of spasm.

In the meantime I went to a registered osteopath who mentioned my lumber spine was locked and causing the inflammation she did some deep tissue massage. I continued to feel the pain.

A week later the pain got so bad, I was walking my little girl to school and utterly broke down. I got an emergency apt with the Dr who said he thought the pain was neurological (is that the right word??) He prescribed me Antitriptyline 10mg (twice nightly) but this has not helped so far.

Another osteopath apt with a different person who agreed it was a locked facet joint (lumbar spine) causing the inflammation and as it was extremely stiff, she had to twist and manipulate to try and get it moving. She believes that I didn't have SPD and in fact it was just locked.

That was 3 days ago, I am still in pain. I have 2 young children, one is 11 months old. For the last month, I have been completely debilitated. I can't even walk my little girl to school.
I am trying stretching exercises and its just so painful.

This morning I have woken up and my upper back is starting to hurt when twisting.

Its leaving me miserable and I am crying all the time. I told my Dr but apparently there's nothing wrong with me. I just dont know what to do next. Waiting for NHS physio is a nightmare.

Thanks for reading.


  • Hi. I've got 2 young children & know the added stresses it causes. Have you had any diagnostic tests in the last 3 years? I also have 'weird turns' (go white, sweaty, vomit & collapse) with pain. I've had doctors who are far more interested in than than treating my spine issues that cause the pain in the first place. Ugh!!! I know it's so much harder to get second opinions with the NHS than it is in America. I'd push for an MRI to find out for sure what's going on in your spine. In my experience it's much easier to get a variety of specialist & pain management consults once you have those results. If your GP is unwilling to help try switching, even a different doc in the same practice might be more supportive.
    I have family members who can get the NHS to move like greased lightening. I'm not sure how they do it, maybe it's just luck with docs but I think the more annoying you are the more likely you are to get the care you need. Know what I mean?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 767
    edited 01/12/2015 - 5:35 PM
    I too have two small children and have had bouts of unbearable pain. I also couldn't stand up straight. I was constantly hunched over. I'd follow EnglishGirl's advice and get an MRI. That will at least be a starting point. Then do not quiet down until you find someone who will listen. This is not in your head. I know how you feel. Hugs
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  • Beckham95BBeckham95 BoisePosts: 1
    edited 04/18/2016 - 2:51 PM
    Siennakate have you had a chiro perform the lumbar roll on you? I suffered low back pain for about 2 years and experienced a feeling of. my low back being locked while standing or walking and pain while sitting or standing.I felt tenderness on one side of lower back and it would hurt by me just putting pressure on that one spot with my fingers.I constantly felt a dull pain and it would intensify sporadically throughout the day. The side that you have intense tenderness nerds to be the side where your leg is on higher/stacked on top of the other. Make sure that you completely relax during the thrusting motion. You should hear a pop and this should fix your back permanently.

    Never try any type of exercise, piece of equipment, supplement, diet, etc without FIRST discussing it with your doctor.
    What may be good for one person could spell disaster for another
    beckham95 said:

    You should hear a pop and this should fix your back permanently.
    That may have been the case for you and that is good, but that is way too broad a statement and there is no medical evidence prove this.  Many spinal patients actually do worse with chiropractors.  So much depends on what the exact problem is.   

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