crooked back and muscle spasms...need help quickly please!

crooked back and muscle spasms...need help quickly please!

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crooked back and muscle spasms...need help quickly please!

I have 3 herniated discs at L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1. From time to time my lower back locks up and goes into spasms so that I'm all crooked and in pain. Of course it happened again this morning and I'm trying to do everything I can to stop the pain and spasms so that I can take my mother out to dinner for Mother's Day. I've been icing my back every hour or so for 20 minutes and I took an Aleve but it's not really helping much. Is there any exercise or stretch that I can do that will "unlock" my back so that I can stand up straight and take my mother out to dinner? I can deal with the pain but being hunched over like Quasimodo is killing me and I'm desperate at this point. In the past I've always just waiting it out until the spasms stopped but today is a special day. Please help!!!

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I am hoping you can go out to dinner

If you have time, please seek medical attention.

I am not certain of any other advice to give, because I am a fellow spine patient, not a medical professional.

So sorry to hear that this special day has been severely affected by spine issues.

Jackie

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Hi psywzrd and Welcome

Sorry to hear and don't know if you were able to make it out with your Mom. I left flowers and a gift for my Mother and she came over and picked it up as I was down for the count today. I will take her out for dinner on one of my good days. I hope your family can understand what you're going through and hope you can get some treatment for your pain issues. Maybe your family Dr. will send you to Physiotherapy or hook you up with an Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon consult. It's rough what you're going through and we'll support you through this. Take care. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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Just wanted to post back and

Just wanted to post back and let you guys know that I ended up going out to dinner. I had a lot of trouble getting into my car and I was in a lot of pain but I'm glad I made it out for Mother's Day. My back is much better today (I'd say I'm at about 75-80%) and it keeps getting better every day. Unfortunately, I know this isn't the last time this will happen to me so I really need to start using my inversion table more often. Back problems suck!

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To charry?

You have many posts so I'll ask you this if you don't mind. Do you know what is the main cause of the spasm pain? Is it the muscle, the nerve, etc that causes the spasm pain? I'm not looking for why it happens but more the root of the pain. By spasm I mean the ones that you can feel creeping up on you and you can't do a damn thing about it except grind your teeth and hold on to something to squeeze until it climaxes and then releases. Hurts just thinking about it.
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psywzrd

I get the same sort of cramps in my low back and down my legs too. I've been stretching for over a year now but the muscle won't release because the disc are not in the right place. As long as there herniated those muscles will stay tight to protect your spine.

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tammyc wrote:
I get the same sort of cramps in my low back and down my legs too. I've been stretching for over a year now but the muscle won't release because the disc are not in the right place. As long as there herniated those muscles will stay tight to protect your spine.

Pending my scan results, I'm starting to understand a bit more. So a displaced disc causes the muscle to alter it's normal shape to protect this disc and may pinch a nerve at the same time causing the spasms that some of us experience?

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I agree with Tammy as long as there's nerve irritation there is usually back spasms as your muscles are working to protect your spine and inflammation flares up also in the tissues. Taking a muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory is the treatment I get. I've also had Massage Therapy and trigger point injections to elongate and stretch the muscle out. Also when your muscle tenses up from the nerve something like Cymbalta and Lyrica which I take may be helpful but of course each Dr. has a treatment and only saying what has helped me. Walking and some exercise helps also as well as heat and ice.

I get a lot of muscle spasms from overdoing it also with the walking so then waking up at night with the muscle cramps I can only stretch out the cramp and take it easier.

psywzrd-I'm glad you're improving and you were able to see your Mom. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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Muscle spasms

Spasms are caused by the muscles trying to compensate for some type of problem in the spine - they're carrying a load they're not meant to. It has nothing to do with nerves. Here's a very short article about the definition of muscle spasms, but if you go to the top of the page and do a muscle spasm search, you can narrow it down to what might be causing yours, such as DDD or a disc problem.

http://www.spine-health.com/glossary/m/muscle-spasm

Cathie

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My muscle spasms where caused by nerve irritation from my hernia

My muscle spasms were caused by a herniated disc with an annular tear that caused disc material to contact the L5 exiting nerve and my Dr. told me this is what was causing my muscle spasms that I had to have 100s of injections for especially trigger point injections for the muscle spasms caused by the irritation of the nerve.

But that's what my Dr. told me. Muscle spasms can be caused for a lot of reasons though so it's best to see your Dr. about it. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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I have a had a lot of this in the past but have at last been able to find a cure.
The first breakthrough was remedial massage. instant relief, lasted 1-2 weeks, depending on how busy I was catching up.
This is a treatment so will need to be repeated.
Cure. Magnesium oil taken daily in water. You must try this. so simple yet so effective.
Spasms are likely to be caused by a magnesium deficiency, which is very common. You can get the powder form from your chemist, or buy the oil (better) on line.
I have been dramatically better for a year now since taking magnesium, have dropped all anti-inflammatories, strong pain meds, and neurontin.
I can do more now with far less severe flare-ups when I over do it.
if you do only one thing-this is it.

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