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Back ache, among other things

TaraHeywoodTTaraHeywood Posts: 1
edited 11/05/2015 - 6:03 AM in Lower Back Pain
I am a 20 year old female student and I have back ache. I have been having back and joint pain for years and decided to actually go to the doctor about it as it has been getting worse recently. My flexibility is fine, I can touch my toes, twist my body etc. on a good day and I have no obvious scoliosis symptoms. Some days are too painful to roll over in bed or get dressed in the mornings. I have a constant need to click my back, neck, shoulders, knees etc. All i have to do is tense my abs or stand up/sit down and my back clicks in multiple places. I have definitely considered arthritis but I don't want to just jump to that conclusion. I may be 'slightly' overweight but that's because I used to keep on top of my fitness but running became too much for my knees.
The doctor has prescribed me Ibuprofen for daily pain management and has referred me to physiotherapy (which I'm currently on the NHS waiting list of 13 weeks). I'm too poor to pay for a chiropractor right now but I'm not sure if they can help as the doctor seemed to think it was nothing, but he didn't really give me a chance to explain how much it effects my daily life.
The pain shifts all the time, it's not always my lower back, sometimes it's between my shoulder blades or my neck. My knees have also been a problem for as long as I can remember but someone mentioned it might be because I'm tensing due to back pain and putting more weight forward onto my knees. I'm basically always in pain, it just depends whether it's enough for me to notice it without thinking about it.

I've been going round in circles for years and was wondering if anyone has ever heard a similar situation and if they have any advice on what I should do next.

Thank you :)

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