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PainFreePleasePPainFreePlease Posts: 1
edited 03/12/2015 - 6:04 AM in Lower Back Pain
I often have lower back soreness especially if I sleep on my stomach. It's been sore a lot lately, but goes away quickly. A couple of days ago, I barely bent a little to toss something in the garbage and I felt the most horrible pain shoot across my lower back, almost like electrical shocks. I can't even really describe it, but it was awful. It only stayed for a few seconds, but then I was momentarily unable to move without horrible pain. I was able to shuffle myself to the bed and lay down. Two days later, I can still barely move. It doesn't bother me while I am sitting or laying, but it's awful if I get up to move. It hurts to bend down, forward or backward. I can not walk normally and I can only stand for short periods of time before the pain will get horrible and I'll need to sit down again.

Has this happened to anyone before? I had a similar issue a few months ago, but it wasn't this bad. I was thinking muscle strain, but I don't know if I'm right. I am planning on visiting the chiropractor once I am moving better. I hate, hate, hate the chiropractor and can not bear to allow him to touch me right now.

Any input is appreciated. I've been icing it and have a heating pad on it now. Nothing is really helping and I've only seen minimal improvement since it happened.



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  • I'm not a doctor but what you describe is what I felt when my disc blew.

    Don't go to a chiropractor. Got to a GP and get referred to a spinal specialist and ask for an MRI.

    If you get any numbness in the saddle area or have any trouble with pee or poo, get straight to an emergency department and mention cauda Equina symptoms.

    Don't take chances with yer back.

    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.
  • Unless you are sure there is nothing structurally wrong with your spine PLEASE stay away from chiropractors. Their 'adjustments' have sent people for emergency surgery!

    My advise is the same as already stated. You need to get on the road to diagnosis & treatment with your GP to start. Yes, it sounds like when the discs in my back first 'went' but it also sounds like the muscular problems my husband suffers with on occasion. Anyone on here would be guessing what could be wrong.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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