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Questions about lower back pain

fsufan227ffsufan227 Posts: 1
edited 04/09/2015 - 6:11 AM in Lower Back Pain
I need some suggestions.

For the past few years, I have been having lower back pain. Most of the time is comes and goes within a few days, but lately, it seems that it's been every day. It started a couple of years ago when I was working out and doing box jumps. On my last set, I landed funny and it appeared it jammed my lower back. I iced it and rested for a few days and all was good. A few months later, I bent over to tie my shoe and my lower back seemed to lock up on me. It took forver to stand up straight and when I finally got up, I was unable to bend over at the waist for a few days. This also healed with rest and ice.

Well, lately, my back has been sore for every single day. This isn't a sharp pain, just dull and annoying. I have gone to the chiropractor and he said that it's more than likely my L5 S1 area causing the pain. Sometimes, I get pain in both of my legs. Especially in my left calf area. My left leg feels heavier than my right.

Anyways, I have been "adjusted" about 5 times and my pain is still constant. I haven't lost any range of motion, but I find it difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep in at night. Last week, for about three days, it was pretty painful to sleep.

My question is this, I don't have any of the typical "red flag" symptoms like bladder and digestive issues and saddle area numbness. I've tried ibuprofen and my TENS device, but nothing seems to ease the pain. I also have pain in my neck area. The chiropracto said I have a mild case of "military neck" and it will take time to restore the natural curve, but can be done.

Once last thing. I sit at a desk all day and tend to hunch over my keyboard. I try to keep good posture, but always end up looking like a teenager hunched over their iPhone.

Sorry for a post that's all over the place, but I don't know what to do or try. I have an appointment with an orthopedic next Thursday, but would like some relief in the meantime.




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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    ....specialist? I would do that before more manipulation to spine.
    To have treatment relieving pain is fine..but doesn't seem like permanent solution.
    Pain is there for reason and when feeling better, please remember pain and be gentle on yourself...trying to stay aligned, no twisting, turning, etc...

    Regarding your work environment , maybe you can readjust computer...or chair to fit better or lower back support..if ok with doc.
    Good luck!
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