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Lumbar vertebrae pain

djmorganddjmorgan Posts: 1
edited 08/17/2015 - 10:35 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all,

Hoping I can get a lead on some pain I am experiencing.

I'm a 35 y/o Male, office worker. I have bad posture from rounding my back at my desk, and have had my fair share of twinges and discomfort that comes and goes.

Recently, I was stood at the top of a set of stairs, and stepped left without looking and "fell" one step, without my body being prepared, and it jarred my back. It was uncomfortable for a minute, but then no pain.

2/3 days later on my way to the gym, I felt the early signs of acute pain that accompanies one of those 3/4 day sequences of pain and stiffness. I foolishly did a gym session anyway (but nothing high impact).

When I returned home and my body was cool, the pain came. I can only get relief by being still, or leaning forward. If I suddenly move, I can get that sharp breathtaking pain. Walking is okay. Sitting on a office chair is okay. Standing up after being sat down means I am almost doubled over and it takes me 2/3 minutes of walking to slowly straighten up. Lying back on a squash sofa and trying to get up takes a full minute of rolling sideways.

The pain, from what I can gather, is concentrated at the L4-L5 vertebrae.

As I mentioned, I get this every now and then - probably twice a year, but I am wondering if it's something I just need to deal with, or it might be indicative of something I should get looked at. Am I moaning without justification or is this just a case of getting old and having bad posture behaviour?

What was odd to me, is that the pain came only 2 days after the "stair" incident.



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Personal Opinion, not medical advice :

Generally, when I do something that creates a good amount of acute pain, I wait about a week to see how things play out. Many times when you do something it wont be until 36-48 hours later that you really start to feel it. Ice and heat are your best friends at this time.

I could be muscular related, especially the way you said you did it on the stairs. I wouldn't think about L4/L5 area at this time. You dont have the necessary tools to identify this. It may be in the general area, but leave that up to an expert to diagnose. If in a couple of days, you still have this pain without any improvement, I would start with your primary doctor. The only thing that makes me think a bit more is the fact that you said you have this maybe twice a year. That would be a bit strange for an acute problem to happen again in the same area.

Bottom line, you need to listen to your own body. If you are not comfortable with the way you are feeling now, there is never harm in starting with the primary doctor.

As far as age, 35, you are still a youngster! As far as posture, oh yes, that can play havoc on anyone's spine

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 08/17/15 16:27est

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