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Lower Back Pain From lifting heavy item

backpain99bbackpain99 Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:53 AM in Lower Back Pain
With my job i do alot of lifting, I picked up a very heavy item, which was silly of me.
When i put the item down, i felt an uncomfortable feeling in my lower back, it wasnt painful, just uncomfortable.
After a few weeks of this uncomfortable feeling, and more lifting of items since then, it has developed into a pain
in my tailbone that aches and has sometimes a burning feeling.

today i did quite abit of walking
and it was acheing, and standing still for about an
hour became really uncomfortable and hard to do.
2 hour car ride home wasnt pleasant, was in quite abit of pain on the tailbone. Not sharp, but acheing pain that didnt let up.

Anyone able to tell me if this sounds like something
serious, or if it would be a strain to a ligament or something?


  • You really need to see your Dr. to assess you and get some tests or Physiotherapy done and ice and I had similar issues where I couldn't tolerate a car ride also at first with my injury especially if you have leg pain or tingling or numbness in your foot you should see your Primary Dr. and hope you make a workman's comp report out if you have an injury at work no matter how small.

    I would take Robax Platinum but not at work as it made me sleepy but when I got home or near the end of my shift because I didn't drive and felt better but if it's bad you need to see your Dr. Keep us posted how you're doing. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I agree, see your Dr.

    Think of our backs like a row of dominoes standing up.

    Sometimes when one domino is bump it only knocks down a few of the dominoes. Then it is bumped again and more fall down.........and so on.

    Our backs can be like that at times.

    One activity or injury can result in a tad bit of damage then the next activity adds more and so forth.

    So maybe you have been knocking down your dominoes a few at a time and now you notice that your row of them is weak.

    Hope this makes sense ;)

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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  • Booked into my GP in a couple days time, earliest i could get. Are Chiropracters good for this type of thing?
  • Unless you see him to get an x-ray. Your GP Dr. can assess you to see if there's something going on with your back and he will probably send you to Physiotherapy or get some tests first. You need to know what's going on before you see a Chiropractor. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Based on what you've posted for issues, I would seek a spine specialist before I would go to a Chiropractor. I am very pro chiropractor, as they have helped me for years, but if you have any nerves being compressed, or disk issues, more damage can result.

    Hopefully you are at the "overdid" at work, and no real damage, just muscles or a little alignment issues are going on. But I would want to be in the category of "safe vs sorry." Please make sure chiro is safe (and x-rays won't show that) before you take that route. Please let us know how it goes...

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • First off, thank you very much for your opinions and replys, very helpful and apreciated!

    Today i went to chiropractor as he could do an XRay for me.
    I wanted to get an Xray as i was very anxious and wanted to at least find something out, i cant get into my GP until 2 days time, in which i will then have to wait for a specialist referel.

    The XRay was done in town, the Chiro didnt do the XRay.

    The Xray people (radiologist??) sent a letter to the Chiropractor along with the XRays said that everything was fine and all clear with the vertrebre's.

    Their however was a slight curve in the spine.
    I think its minor and nothing to much to be concerned about.
    My father does have Scoliosis, but its minor and never needed surgery.

    Now the problem according to the chiropractor was: that my waist bone wasnt even and that was causing one of the vertabre to push down on a nerve.
    He wants me to come back weekly so he an work it back into position.

    But I am going to see a doctor in 2 days, and then see a specialist.
  • One of the most common sources of back pain is lifting the wrong way. Since your work require a lot of lifting you need to follow safe lifting techniques to prevent back pain and injuries. Keep in mind that your back has physical limitations. You should use both hands to distribute the weight of the item evenly. You should also keep the object close to your body. When lifting an object that is extremely heavy, you should ask for assistance.
  • Did just a little bit around the house today, lifting some light pot plants, mowed the lawn,
    the backs flaired up a little, bit sore, and am feeling some numbness in my right leg, mainly my toes, little bit in the calfs here and there.
  • I lifted a 70 lbs cooler going camping a year ago. I started out with the buttock pain, not too bad but got progressively worse over time (could not sit, stand up, walk comfortably & is now down my leg). After 4 weeks of denial I finally went to my GP. He immediately sent me for xrays and MRI. Long story short, MRI stated osteoarthritis in facets and mild buldging disc. He then sent me to a PM which has been constant tests, meds,PT, you name it. I once asked about a chiro. He said NO WAY, they are not trained to see everything. I am not an expert but that scared me enough I won't do it. Better safe than sorry I guess. If you do, I hope he/she can fix your problem. Anyone that can beat back pain is a very lucky soul. I can relate to your pain though. Good luck
  • I was feeling confident at the start of the week, but after today and the numbness ive been feeling in my feet and calfs its got me feeling down and out :(

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