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My unique issue and some clues but no solution.

landedllanded Posts: 2
edited 01/12/2016 - 4:44 AM in Lower Back Pain
I am male 43
I am now seeing an osteopath and was seeing a physiotherapist regularly.
I was involved in a shunt accident but there were no symptoms at first like 18 months ago.
Along with my osteopath I am trying to get a referral from my GP for a scan including blood test.

What he has observed: The pelvis is very tight (and always has been) after first session with the osteopath which improved. It is annoyingly very hard to pinpoint the issue but what is happening since over a year now is a cycle of treating the symptoms and then a period of almost normal sometimes I seem to remember not having the issue days at a time. But in order for that I have to do regular exercise which was running and swimming.
When the issue comes back it is that the muscles clamp down and then it just gets worse and worse - especially if I cannot see physio OR osteo quickly enough then I become very painful and immobile. The last episode was around christmas and the new year I couldn't get any treatment and was left to my own tools which was an electric massage tool, codeine and ibuprofen as I can't get voltarol over the counter anymore without prescription but that really helped ease things still its not a solution but can help ease the catch 22.

I am doing the de-stacking of the spine (going lower each time), bent knee metronomes and if very regular these really help me keep things getting better. Also I am trying to do yoga and I got a big clue recently as things started to go bad again after a particular kind of yoga move.
Historically I am unable to have a sitting upright position if my legs are locked and making a V shape in front of me. Most people in the class could do this something in the hip or pelvis area seems to block me here. If I slightly bend my knees it is still not easy. Is this tight pelvis a big clue ? Or are some people just never meant to be flexible in this area ? I did for a long time try and work this particular stretch before I was having any problems with my back years ago and didn't really make progress - it felt that other areas stretched to compensate but that the block was always there,
All other kinds of YOGA are fine and I feel help me. From this position people then are able to bend to either side as well.

Driving even 20 minutes to the osteo caused me to start to 'lock up' after a few days of going into what I thought was recovery. So something there is also bothering me but I have experimented and not found better position.

I am more asking to see if people have similar issues with this yoga stretch I think as I know a diagnosis is impossible as it is proving hard for my osteo and the rehab to know what is causing it. I have joined the forum to maybe find some clues and maybe help others in similar predicament.


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