Hurts When I Stand for Long

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Hurts When I Stand for Long

Anyone have any idea what might be causing my back pain? I know, I should go to the doctor. I plan on getting my health insurance again shortly, but haven't been able to afford it for nearly 3 years now.

When I stand for more than perhaps 10 minutes, my back really starts to hurt. It doesn't seem to be as bad if I'm walking or doing something else. But, just standing in place and talking to someone can become quite painful. This has been going on for more than 2 years now. Anyone have any idea what it might be? FYI I'm almost 45 and consider myself to be in good shape. I'm not overweight and my job doesn't involve any heavy lifting or anything like that.

Thank you

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That would most likely be lumbar issue. My issues are lumbar and I to can't stand for more than ten min. And many other lumbar spineies complain of the same thing.
I would suggest seeing a spinal specialist and getting some imaging done. It's likely it will only get worse.
Good luck, Jim

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Hi William, welcome to Spine-Health.

I also had major problems with standing (couldn't stand for more than 5 minutes) and my problem came from stenosis, facet problems and spondylolisthesis at L4/5.

I agree with Jim that a lumbar MRI when you can get one is a good idea to see what's going on in there.

Disc problems generally cause you pain when bending forward, and stenosis and joint problems generally cause pain when standing, walking and bending backwards.

I'm in no way saying that this is your problem, but certainly could be something to explore when you get your insurance.

Take care and please keep us posted.

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Thank you, Jim and Cathie

I appreciate your responses. Your information will give me something to research. I will certainly keep you posted. Thanks again and have great week.


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Piece of Advise

I read you story and you said that you were suffering from this condition for almost 2 years. I think the best way is to seek a doctor or specialists and tell them your condition. They might give you some tests or examination. Try to visit them they I know that they could explain it to you very well.

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I agree!

Sounds like you really need to see someone and get some sort of imaging done, then maybe try some physiotherapy. My physio is wonderful, and has a couple of different procedures he does to take the pressure off my low back, and it settles down the pain when I'm standing or sitting too long.

Take care, and good luck.


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Hi, I second those above who say go get this looked at. My issues started this way, but I just ignored it and got on with things and just thought it was wierd that standing too long hurt me - then one day I managed to "pop" a disc (trying to undo an overtightened wheel nut)big style, - which has made me realise that I probably partialy injured it years before, but thinking I had an entirely healthy back just got on with things - you know, lifting objects that were far too heavy, (but being a typical man, not wanting to ask for help), lifting the wrong way (I know, I know!) with bent back and so on.. now I wonder that if I'd flagged up the standing problem with my doctor, would I have learned that there was a slight injury and known to behave different, thus not ending up with the more severe and permanent damage I now have? Go get it checked, don't end up like me!

Peter B
Last seen: 10 months 21 hours ago
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Standing pain

Just a normal situation as the body ages!
Muscles get weaker, joints stiffen, we don't do enough exercise etc.
I wouldn't worry about an MRI just yet, try the simple and cheaper alternatives first, as what you have is likely to be very common and simple.
Find a good remedial masseuse or a physiotherapist, who can examine the spine joints for proper alignment, and can also check the surrounding muscles for problems.
This is what they are trained to do and often they will spot the problem visually!
Whatever the situation, they will be able to help you.

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Same with me

The same thing happens with me but I'm only 15. Is that normal? Or at least more common than rare?