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Hunched Over Unable to stand straight. Please Help!

Hello everyone. I joined this forum hoping that there maybe some people in here who have experienced a particular symptom I am having with DDD that can help me. I am 42 year old male with fairly constant lower back pain possibly due to a motorcycle injury 15 years ago. I did have an MRI 6 years ago that showed a protruding disc in my lower back. I am sure many in here are the same as me and struggle with lower back pain on a daily basis. However in the past year I have now gone through 3 episodes where I get an extreme sense of pressure on my tail bone. It feels like someone has a vice grip on my tailbone and there gripping it has tight as they can. I can't seem to find any exercise or stretch that can get me out of it.  It almost feels like my tailbone is going to shatter there's so much pressure. This results in all the muscles in my lower back tensing up and about 45 min later I hunch up like a hunch back completely unable to stand up straight or walk correctly FOR DAYS!!! Trying to walk around at all is very uncomfortable and I can only do it for a few minutes at a time before I have to rest.  My doctor has had insane amounts of blood work done as well as x-rays and bone scans to confirm that I don't have cancer anywhere. My mom has 2 auto immune disease's so he also sent me to a neurologist who told me I'm a 40 year old with a 70 year old back and I should quit my day job. My family doctor says the same thing like it's an option!! It's not. I've asked him for another MRI to see what's going on in my lower back and he refuses. Live with it there's nothing you can do. If I knew exactly what was causing this and what it was perhaps I could find some kind of treatment or remedy to stop it from being this bad. I can't afford the time off work. This morning I couldn't even stand, I had to crawl on my hands and knees up to the bathroom. Slept a couple more hours and was a bit better when I woke up again, I could stand on my legs and walk around again.  I'm starting physio again next week and even though my doctor doesn't seem to want to do anything for me I'm going to make an appointment and ask him if there's not some kind of back specialist he can send me to.  But how can you treat something when no one seems to know what the root cause is? If anyone here has experienced this side effect and knows what it is and what's causing it I would greatly appreciate your knowledge. Also open to any suggestions. Thanks in advance for your comments and help.




  • That's nonsense. You definitely need a new MRI. 

    I used to get that stuck bent over unable to stand upright with excruciating pain when my L5/S1 was herniated. When it finally blew out I had to have surgery. I had a laminectomy and discectomy back in 2011. I woke up completely pain free for the first time in years. Unfortunately, I re-herniated the disc 10 months later. 

    It's no longer herniated, just bulging. But it's pressing on the S1 nerve root. L5/S1 is now pretty much bone on bone and the facet joints are rubbing against each other. I have constant lower back pain. Thankfully, it hasn't gone "out" like it used to. I have a lot of pain and irritation deep in my butt and my legs. Recently, in the last few months I have the same tailbone pain you describe. A lot of pressure. 

  • hi invictus76

    welcome to spine-health

    constant and longer term pain and symptoms not investigated fully can be a huge worry.

    please keep pushing to discover your full diagnosis, so you can make some decisions on your future.  surgery may not be the option but good pain relief must be offered to all patients suffering.  tell you doctor your pain is not tolerable and ask for his help with that.

    i have added two links below with further information of spine-health

    welcome to spine health



    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
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  • I was hunched over like that again for almost a week. I went and saw an osteopath but am not going back as I really wasn't impressed with how she handled me. When I went to physio years ago the person dealing with me looked over me really well and sort of did a work up on me. Asking me if I could do certain things and move certain ways without pain BEFORE he did anything to me or asked me to try anything. I was still hunched over a bit when I went in and one of the first things she did was put me on a traction table. Found it hard to lay flat for one and the whole experience was very uncomfortable. She did however give me a couple of exercises to do and touched on something I have never really thought of. She said when the body needs fluids or is dehydrated and is not getting enough fluids one of the first places the body takes fluid from is the disc's in your back as they are made up of soft tissue and fluid.  I am really bad for not drinking much water, for not drinking much at all really and wonder if this couldn't be a part of the problem. Since I can't seem to find anyone that can tell me what is causing this symptom I'm sure it can't hurt to try and double my fluid intake and wait and see if another attack occurs.  I've had three episodes like this in the past year. My doctor doesn't like Chiropractor's but he's doesn't seem to be helping me out at all so next time I get that bad I will try going to one of them perhaps and see what direction that takes me. I appreciate your links and your comments as well as any insight or suggestions you may have. Thank you very much.


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