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Lower back pain but X-ray says unremarkable?

RosieDiamonds07RRosieDiamonds07 Posts: 1
edited 01/22/2015 - 10:15 PM in Lower Back Pain
Okay so I am 17 years old and 2 nights ago I was cleaning the bathroom and when I bent down, I felt this Extreme pain in my lower back. I almost blacked out from the pain. I managed to get myself to my bed but it was hard to move. I had to lie down straight (facing the ceiling) cause when I bend just a little it hurts. When I woke up the next morning the pain subsided but it was still there, this time only when I bend down. I told my mom about it and she had me go to the doctors and they suggested I get an x-ray but when the results came in it said it was unremarkable. Same thing happened 2 years ago and ever since then I'd always get pain in my lower back (not as much as being able to move but pain non the less) whenever I bend down for a while (like 5-10 mins) while washing dishes or something. What's wrong with me? :'((( Please help.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/22/2015 - 10:15 PM
    There is nobody on the forum medically qualified or permitted to attempt a diagnosis. a doctor is the only one who can investigate the cause.

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  • I would talk to your doctor about possibly doing a MRI. This test shows more than an x-ray. Good luck!
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  • X-rays are a first step. They only look at bone. MRI determine the severity of the injured area. Unremarkable means your bones are OK.. no osteoarthritis or bone issues that appeared on X-Ray.

    You should get the MRI and if necessary go to a specialist.
    They can take a good medical history on you and look at the problem(s) in more depth.

    This is not medical advise but just exchanging information from personal experiences.
  • Speaking from experience, the xray only shows up the position of the bones and any fractures. An MRI will show the situation of the soft tissues. Like herniated discs pressing on nerves.

    Please go see your doc and ask for an MRI. If the pain is worse when standing up or extending your back, you may be well advised to ask for a standing MRI.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • Why does everyone jump to the conclusion of a MRI? Only 2 days after bending over??? Sounds like it is getting better with rest.
  • 1. If you lay flat on your back and raise one leg to create a 90 degree angle with your foot flat do you feel the sharp lower back pain?
    2. CT or MRI are highly sensitive test which can detect problems which x-ray will miss.
    3. The fact that you were better after laying flat on your back is very much expected, if theres a bulging disc they get better by laying down in a neutral/minimal stress position. However you can't just relay on that, you need to know and confirm presence or absence of spinal problem, so that you can be aware and properly advised by a medic.
    4. See a good GP to have further examination, particularly if No. 1 produces pain for you. In the mean time I suggest laying flat on your back as much as you can and avoid bending, lifting and other positions which produce pain and strain.

    Good luck!!
  • FritzcrackerzFFritzcrackerz Posts: 246
    edited 01/23/2015 - 6:12 PM
    Probably because it happened 2 years ago as well and the op has been in pain ever since?
    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
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