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Help with low back pain

I'm a 21 year old male and I have been suffering from lower back pain for about 3 months now. It first occurred when I was doing abdominal exercises that required me to push my legs straight into the air while I was laying on my back. Ever since I've had a pinching pain on the right side of my lower back. The pain hasn't been unbearable and I have continued to workout but have been avoiding lifts like heavy squats and deadlift. 

Recently I have been training and getting in shape for my job as a wildland fire fighter. Hiking with a thirty pound pack up some pretty steep country almost daily. Surprisingly this hasn't agrivated my back at all and actually makes it feel good when I'm done. I've been doing alot of stretching and taking ibprophan to help with pain and inflamation. Most of the pain comes in the morning when I'm just waking up or when I'm lifting heavy objects. I'm going to be running a chainsaw for most of the summer and am worried this might hurt it more. I've been looking into getting a back brace and have also thought about going to a doctor to see if they can help. Any suggestions to help me get back to normal and fully functional for this summer's fire season  would be greatly appreciated. I'm tired of the nagging pain  even if it mild. Thanks for the help!



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 04/22/2018 - 1:22 AM

    hello bendajo

    welcome to spine health

    a medical professional is the only one who can diagnose your problem and give advice, there are no medical professionals on the patients forum so we are not permitted to  give advice or suggest what is causing your back pain.

    the main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

    all new members should take the system tutorial 


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,366

    Hi bendajo
    I agree with your statement to go see a doctor. With the career you have, and just starting, you want to be in shape. And a doctor could tell you if there are any underlying problems or if it's just muscles. 
    Please stay safe out there.

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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