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Thoughts on my pain

GaryBadgleyGGaryBadgley Posts: 2
edited 07/15/2015 - 11:19 PM in Lower Back Pain
If I hold a heavy object with my right arm, say a buck of water, I get pain in my lower left back, not at the spine, but out further toward the flank.

Any thoughts to steer me in the right direction? I now do the usual low back exercises, after having gone recently to a physio, but I have not identified the cause, and no improvement so far. No xrays so far, no chiro. I noticed the pain years ago, but only now it seems much more noticeable.

Thanks in advance.

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    edited 07/15/2015 - 11:19 PM
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  • My lumbar problems were diagnosed by a board certified spine surgeon (in USA/specialist UK) after I had a MRI. I also have SI joint disfunction (you can read about that by searching at the top or there's a specific forum) for me that causes pain to the sides of the bottom of my spine/top of bum that radiates into my hips & thighs. It's quite easy to diagnose.
    Treatments were so much more effective once I knew exactly what was causing my pain so I recommend pushing for diagnostics. Preferably MRI that shows disc problems. X-ray is more bone. My damage is very severe so something shows on all tests but some have to try a few different ones.
    The SI joint is diagnosed by a numbing shot. If it takes the pain away they put some steroids in hoping to reduce inflammation.

    Does it only hurt while you're carry things or does it hurt after? All the time now?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I am noticing it now, when I am not even lifting. Yes, I think you are right. Rather than dance with a physio I should push for diagnostics. Thanks.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Yes, I think that good idea to have some testing to possibly see what is going on.
    My pain management doctor did most of my testing, and EMG , nerve conduction, was most revealing test for me.

    I don't know how all of our body work and interrelate with different parts....but my arms definitely related to my legs.
    If trying to carry packages, and of no significant weight, my legs may give out.

    If I'm trying to carry anything upstairs, my legs do give out and if I'm lucky, I find myself kneeling or sitting on the stairs.
    If I'm not lucky, well, it's not a pretty sight. :)
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