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21 year old in a foriegn country bed ridden with lower back pain

Krissy B.KKrissy B. Posts: 1
edited 04/17/2015 - 5:58 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello all (:

First things first I'm a 21 year old female, and I'm currently not in my home country (USA), I'm visiting India with my husband.

About 2 days go my lower back started aching and its progressed to the point where sitting or standing is darn near excruciating. I'm not really sure what I've done to cause the pain, a few weeks ago I hurt my back picking up a heavy bucket of water but the pain went away eventually. Last weekend I went on a very long road trip, and when we got back to the hotel my back hurt a little but not like it does now. I don't have any symptoms like numbness or pain in my legs, although the pain occasionally radiates up and out. I went to a doctor yesterday but all she did was give me pain meds (that don't work) and told me it could be due to a number of problems. I'm kind of desperate now because it hurts so much and I'm so far away from home I'm not really sure what to do ):


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  • Well I guess you could go and have an MRI there. I think you should do what you think its best for your health. Knowing what I know now about lower back pain I would have definitely go back home if I were you. Let's hope it's nothing serious so you can continue your trip.
  • Have you tried ice, heat, hot Epsom salt bath? Did the doc give you anti-inflammatories & muscle relaxants with the pain meds? Are the pain meds just codeine? I'm thinking about getting you moving. If you're not experiencing numbness, bladder issues, I would wait until you're home for an MRI. There's not much you can do there. I don't intend to offend anyone but I'd rather have surgery in Europe or the USA if it's an emergency. How long are you in India for before you return to the USA?
    If the doctor was expensive or you had language issues try to find an English shop & ask them for Epsom salts & antiinflammatories. There's a big cross-over between England & India so you should be able to find what you need to patch yourself up & get home. There are common English creams - Movelat Relief & Algesal, they're not miracle workers but if it's muscular they could help if you slather them on. Algesal is best, just see what they have.

    Best of luck. Get home safe ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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