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where to start, lower back pain..

solent64ssolent64 Posts: 7
edited 03/01/2015 - 4:58 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hey everyone, I hurt my lower back whilst playing squash 3 months ago but the pain got better after a couple of days. I was doing an awkawrd movement. A month later i really hurt my lower back whilst doing a deadlift at the gym and the pain was primarily on the lower right hand side and hurt to touch in that spot on the surface. I couldnt bend down and still cant and am always in some sort of pain. I went to a chiropractor who told me it was a possible herniated disc problem..£50 i paid and i already new that. I Was hoping they'd give me a more accurate answer. I'm not sure what to do next? Go to the doctors and get an MRI scan so i know exactly whats going on and go from there? I'm praying its a muscle issue but i doubt it. Also, do herniated/bulging discs make you shorter? I'm 24 year old guy and would hate to start shrinking before i'm 40! Aha. Thanks to anyonr who replies!
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  • As you indicated, getting a MRI is very good idea. That's the best way to start with I guess. In the meantime I wouldn't do any heavy exercises.
  • shcj said:
    As you indicated, getting a MRI is very good idea. That's the best way to start with I guess. In the meantime I wouldn't do any heavy exercises.
    Thanks for the reply! I've heard its kinda hard to get an MRI scan on the NHS unless its literally debilitating pain but we'll see. I'm still going to work out but am substituting my excersises for ones that don't put any pressure of my back.
  • Hi
    Sorry to hear you are having those issues, a lot of good people
    hear to get advice from and support you.
    I agree stop the exercise and the chiropractor both can do a lot of
    damage. You need to see a Doctor asap and find out what is going
    on, there sooner you get it looked into and some help the better for
    you. If you have done some damage or even pulled a muscle it will
    be in your favor to have it treated soon.
    Wish you the best and hope you get answers.
    Sherri
  • Hope3 said:
    Hi
    Sorry to hear you are having those issues, a lot of good people
    hear to get advice from and support you.
    I agree stop the exercise and the chiropractor both can do a lot of
    damage. You need to see a Doctor asap and find out what is going
    on, there sooner you get it looked into and some help the better for
    you. If you have done some damage or even pulled a muscle it will
    be in your favor to have it treated soon.
    Wish you the best and hope you get answers.
    Sherri
    Thanks!
  • I'm 27 and I've had my back go out 3 times already in my life. I thought nothing of it because I recovered so quickly, but as I get older I'm getting smarter. The latest injury I took it seriously and my Primary Care Physician, Spine Specialist and Physical Therapist has recommended Physical Therapy and Core Training with dietary changes. From what I've read online MRI's can be helpful in some situations but most of the time pain is something that is unique to your body - so if your doctor recommends it, go for it, otherwise get started by taking care of yourself. Sleep, stay hydrated, alternate between cold and heat every 20 minutes, take an NSAID and meditate on your strengths.

    Hopefully that helps! And also, there are a growing amount of young people who have back injuries. This was surprising to me and took me a long time to recognize that back injuries are not just related to aging.
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