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Lower Back Pain

brittvnybbrittvny Posts: 6
edited 05/21/2015 - 9:49 PM in Lower Back Pain
Back in December, I was diagnosed with a sprained back and neck after helping a customer with a generator. My arm got caught between him and the generator; half of my body wound up in his back seat, the other half was still in the parking lot. I went through two spine specialists; the one accused me of being there for painkillers and the other simply sent me back to work with physical therapy.

I went to physical therapy for 3 weeks to strength my lower back and neck. Four months flew by without a problem, and while I was out at dinner last Sunday the pain all of a sudden came back. I haven't had an appetite due to the pain for five days now. It hurts no matter if I'm sitting, standing, or laying down. The only way I can describe it is akin to a fractured bone: a dull ache with the occasional throbbing.

Sitting makes it worse, and I've also newly learned that laying on my stomach makes me so lightheaded that I almost puked. Every time I step with my right foot, it shoots pain into my left shoulder blade. It hurts when I take a deep breath, cough, or hiccup.

I have an appointment tomorrow with my normal doctor to see if he can help me with the pain and give me any ideas, and I see our worker's comp doctor on the 28th.

Has anyone else had these symptoms, or have any idea what I might have done? To my knowledge, I haven't lifted anything heavy without help or the wrong way, and nothing sticks out in my mind. This simply doesn't feel like a sprained back muscle.


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  • Hey there,

    Have you tried changing some of your daily habits to make it easier on your spine?
    Stretches, Voltaren cream and maybe even getting a good memory foam pillow? there are pillows for the knees as well which help in aligning your spine. Might be worth to try.
  • I have been doing the stretches I learned at physical therapy.

    I went to my doctor today and all he prescribed to me was 4mg of methylprednisolone, which didn't work last time so I don't know why he's bothering again.
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