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Hi, I am a 30 year okd female and I have never had back problems before..but ever since August my lower back pain has gotten worse and worse..I have had xrays done about 2 months ago and the doctor said he had seen nothing wrong..I went to a chiropractor recently and he said it was my old mattress causing so much pain...this I thought well maybe..but can an old mattress cause severe pain all the time?? We are getting a new one this month so I cant update on that yet to see if it helps...but is he right is this normal? From an old mattress I mean? Pain this bad..all the time? I cant even go out and do activities for more than an hour maybe 2 and by then im pretty much limping because I can barely walk from the pain...Do i need to have more than just xrays done? So yea any suggestions on the path I should take are very welcome...thinking of going to the er this week or tomorrow to see if they can dig deeper...Thanks!



  • A ct scan would be a great start. My ct scan was able to pick up my disc problems. An mri would obviously be preferable but hard to get from a doctor.

  • Definately not from mattress. Not the pain u describe.

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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 701

    Probably want to cut ties with that chiropractor. Its always easy to blame it on something else when you do not have the answers. I won't say how old my mattress is, but it has got some years on it for sure. I had sciatica for over two years and have had the same mattress all along. I no longer have low back pain nor sciatica. I clearly cannot claim it was the mattress causing it, making it worse, or getting it better. Can you post your xrays? 

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033

    Don't totally rule out a worn mattress, you do need good support while sleeping. I also would see spine specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon for another opinion. That will give you the results you need to make a well informed decision what your next step should be.

  • Many people have severe back pain for short periods of time which resolves itself.  If pain is getting worse over time, consider seeing an orthopedist or neurologist.  The suggestions for Cat Scan or MRI are critical.  The spine is a mystery and only sophisticated images reveal the cause(s) in most cases.  As I always recommend, go slowly with suggested remedies.  Learn about back problems and possible procedures.  Be an educated consumer.

    Best of luck.

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