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Lower Back Pressure

daddyo3ddaddyo3 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:45 AM in Lower Back Pain
This is new for me and don't know where to turn. Have always had problems with standing still for any length of time without having pressure or strained feeling. No real chronic pain and get some relief from sitting or lying down.

The last few years have brought lower back muscles being pulled, more pressure in lower spine and numbness. Can't do any kind of physical work that requires bending over or lifting anymore. I had a fall 3 years ago that I think had contributed to this. X-rays show right pelvis bone may be out of whack from fall.

I have heard so many different horror stories about things people have done to try to help.

Don't know what to believe is the cause: disc problems, adult scoliosis etc... Scared of chiropractor, doctor just has sent me to PT, has helped some but not really fixed problem.

Don't know where to turn... HELP!!!


  • have you had an MRI scan ? because without it or a CT scan back pain is hard to diagnose .i would advise you to see your doctor and arrange one ASAP meanwhile you may want to try a TENS {small electrical device that you use on your area of pain can be bought at most chemist for only a few pounds to hundreds} i use mine all the time .you may also want to try heat and cold.not at the same time ! but if your pain is keeping you from doing normal stuff .don't ignore it .i take it bowels and urination is ok ? ..no blood?? again you can get back ache from internal organs like your bowels and bladder etc...so to end ...go back to your doctors and ask for an MRI scan and maybe some pain killers to see you until you know what you are dealing with.myself or any of my very good friends on here will always try to help and we will always support
  • thank for your comments. In the past, doctor didn't want to do an MRI because of not enough symptoms and afraid the insurance wouldn't cover because I had already had one to try to find the cause of some neuropathy I started to have; only x-rays that showed mild degeneration back there. I guess what I really want to know is the pressure I am feeling (and it comes and goes)a disc problem?
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  • you will only find out with a scan
    sorry i have not been able to help you
  • Yep, straker is right. A radiologist can diagnose a disk problem, but only an orthopedic specialist or neurosurgeon can tell you whether that disk problem is the cause of your pain.

    The good news is that whether it is a disk problem or not, it will more than likely resolve with conservative treatment :) Has your doctor suggested physical therapy?
  • Doctor sent to PT about 4 or 5 years ago. They said I had a range of motion problem and give exercises to help give more curve in spine when I bent backwards. Sseemed to help at the time. I know there are probably some alignment issuses because of my fall 3 years ago with spine and right pelvis. That's why I thought the chiro could help fix that. I am thankful that I at least don't have the awful pain that others talk about.
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  • If the PT helped at the time, ask for a referral to go back! This time, remember the exercises and continue to do them on a daily basis.

    I don't recall the exact statistic, but something like 80% of people will have back pain at some point in their lives. Most will never have the issues Straker and I deal with as part of our lives. There's a big difference between the normal degeneration that everyone's back undergoes and the situation some of us have found ourselves in :)
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