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16 year old girl with back problems

edited 04/13/2015 - 8:19 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi! I just recently found this site and would really just like to vent to people that understand my worries and, hopefully, what I'm going through.

So for the past two years, I believe, I have been experiencing constant back pain. This pain has gotten worse as time passed. Keep in mind that I do not do sports and have never had any type of accident that lead to hospitalization.

For the past two months, the pain has become horrific, mostly when my menstrual cycle begins. My last period occurred last week, resulting in the worst pain I have ever experienced. My dad rushed me to the only thing he could think of: a chiropractor. The drive there was agonizingly painful. My dad was obviously flustered considering that I never cry and I was a blubbering mess. The chiropractor said that I have very mild scoliosis and bad hips, resulting in one leg being longer than the other. He then began to realign me, which was so painful, it took every once of will power to not burst into tears. When the torture was over I only felt, at least, 30 minutes of relief.

Two days later, with no relief, I went to a new chiropractor (family friend) who, I believe, was much better than the other. He told me that I was one of the worse cases he'd ever seen of anyone under 30. Apparently, I have a bulging disk located on my lower spine, causing acute pain whenever I move. I am going back to the chiropractor everyday of the week in hopes that he is able to fix whatever monstrosity is going on inside me.

The thing that worries me, however, is that he said that if the treatments don't work, I need an x-Ray. I asked him what could happen and he refuses to tell me, his reasoning is that he doesn't want me to worry! What is that supposed to mean?!?

Anyway, I am currently not able to sleep due to pain and worry. I am also taking ibuprofen 600mg with little to no relief. Sorry for my rambling with something that could be nothing serious, I'm just a little worried.

Here are my symptoms:
•lower back pain that gets worse from any type of movement
•worsening pain during menstrual cycle
•sharp pains on and off that shoot down the back of my leg to mid-thigh
•weakened legs (laying/standing for too long results in numb feeling)
•stiff shoulders and mid-back
•no relief. At all.
•increased pain if I cough, sneeze, or laugh

*thank you for taking the time to listen to my worrywart self



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 04/13/2015 - 8:19 PM
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  • DanielCDanielC Posts: 155
    edited 04/14/2015 - 3:59 AM
    Hi. The fact that you have pain when coughing or sneezing and even laughing suggest some sort of issues with disc/s in your lumbar area. Now I'm no doctor just a fellow sufferer :) but I suggest you get and MRI done on top of the xray. That's the only way you can see if you have anything going on in there.
    Another advice I can give you is please please please stay away from chiropractors until you see a neurosurgeon! I speak from my own and many other peoples here experience. Chiropractors can do more harm than good when it comes to this sort of problems. Someone that would manipulate your back wih stupid realignments and talks about having a leg shorter than the other without wanting to see an MRI first, is a complete imbecile. Now get your dad to take you to a real doctor. You are way too young to mess with your back.
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