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Lower back strain torso tilt to right

Hi. I will be 37 years old soon. I have had these strains for over 5 years now but now have had 4-6 episodes in the last 6 months. All take about a week to get better with pain relievers and muscle relaxers. Most have happened during basketball. I drove to the basket past my defender and as i shifted to one foot felt a lower back pull. Defender had a hand on my back not alot of force thou. Another time i was going up for a layup and defender had hand on top of ball coming down and i felt my low back pull. I have concluded that basketball even with light contact is too much for my back. I haven't had an x ray in about 5 year. That x ray from the chiro showed a bulging disc. Latest episode I drove to the basket and same deal. Felt a little pull so I stopped and went home. That was saturday and pain got progessively worse til today. Normally it gets better. No numbness no tingling. Just torso tilt and strain.



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,398

    hello got no jmpr!
    welcome to spine health
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    if you could share a little more information with us regarding questions you may have, it may improve on responses from other members.
    we look forward to hearing from you again.

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  • Hello. Has anyone had any similar experiences while playing contact sport? I'm wondering why has the pain gotten worse? Is the back pain or aleve causing my constipation?

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  • All I can speak from is personal experience. I’m 35 and super active. I had some low back pain on and off from sports over the last few years. I always go to the chiropractor right away and take it easy for a few weeks. That generally helps after a day or two.

    However, I injured myself in July and went to the chiropractor right away as normal. No relief after a few days. Long story short, after months of pain I discovered that I had a very severe herniated disc in my low back. Maybe seeing your doctor would be good if you don’t feel better soon.

    As for constipation, best to talk to your doctor. Pain killers make me constipated but everyone is different.

  • Sorry I meant I normally take it easy for a few days, not weeks.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,398

    I agree, go see your doctor instead of worrying and looking for answers. He would be the one to tell you what it is.

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  • Thanks guys! Kjoy510: how did you find out that it was a herniation? Xray? Ct? Mri? I went into the er and just as I thought. Only a back strain. They wouldn't give me an iv muscle relaxer and just put me on a different oral muscle relaxer. The pa said they'll only xray if I had loss of bowel functions or numbness in the legs. But i did get a referral to a pain management dr. I'll see him tomorrow. 

  • I insisted on an MRi after months of conservative treatment w no relief and actually getting worse. I had done chiro, rest, massage, PT and dr visits w prescription meds and never blockers. If the dr had his way, I would still be taking NSAIDs and would not have discovered that I had a massive disc heniation. I’m glad I was able to speak up for myself.  :)

  • Went in and pain dr won't do an  mri w/o leg numbness or loss of bladder function. He just put me on diclophenac and gabapentin. Also continue flexeril. I recheck on monday. Normally I'd be better by now but i don't feel any better. Dr did say he suspects disc damage thou. What have you done to remedy the herniation?

  • No, the doctor I saw would not order me an MRi (even tho I had radiating pain in my leg). I had no incontinence. He just wanted to put me on more pain meds and up my dose of gabapentin. My chiro actually ordered the MRI. The Mri showed a massive disc herniation between l4/l5. Every specialist that looked at the mri were shocked that I was still walking and not having bladder issues.

    I saw a few spine specialists and they all recommends surgery since I had already been doing PT, rest and chiro. I had a discectomy last week Thursday (11/29). The surgeon said it was one of the worst herniation he had seen. He also managed to preserve 95% of my disc so I should be good to get back to my active lifestyle once recovery is over. 

    Everyone is different. I don’t know how I didn’t have worse symptoms given the severity of my herniation. If it hadn’t been for the radiation getting progressively worse even w all the conservative treatment I probably wouldn’t have done anything. But it was getting to a point where it was affecting my day to day life including sports and Work. 

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,528

    The actual size of a disc herniation does not always mean the severity or pain associated with it.

    MSU Classification takes into account both the size of disc herniation and its
    location within the various constraints posed by the local anatomy

    The GRADES 1,2, and 3 identify the nerve compression by the disc.  1 being the slightest, 3 being the highest

    Then you have the ZONES A,B,C  These zones are lateral from the center of the disc.  Where Zone A is in the middle and Zone C is on the outside

    So to determine the actual severity, a combination of Grades and Zones are done


    2-B are commonly symptomatic.

    3A lesions are often seen in cauda

    Lesions 2-C are the largest foraminal lesions. 

    Lesions 2-AB
    are quite common, occurring on the line between zones-A and -B


    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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