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Young and in pain


So a brief summary:

I injured my back last summer
It got better within a month or so
I got back into things very heavily, and it gave me a bit of grief again but soon went away
I then ended up hurting it again muchly in December and it just isn't settling down now. I no longer have the lack of movement I got when I first injured it again in December, I can move much more freely now, but what I have is this:

I have a swelling on my lower back, in the centre just at the base of my back. It goes up and down not so much through the day, as from hour to hour. Physios claim they can't feel anything, but it is DEFINITELY there. Does anybody else have this?

I just get discomfort.. I can get up, walk around, carry some stuff and feel fine, but certain sitting postures are so umcomfortable..

This is becoming unbearable, I don't honestly know how much longer I can endure this. I just want to be able to live my life without fear of these back problems..


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  • I would recommend going to see an orthopedist with a spine specialty. I'm sorry, is the physio your primary care doctor or physical therapist? I would go to whichever doctor you can go to see, and see if you could get an x-ray and then an MRI if appropriate. You're young so try to push for what you can so you find out what's up and how to improve and not have it happen again.
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    ok, finished with the introductions and tips. based on what you have provided us, i am not sure what doctor(s)
    you have seen so far. normally, the progression would be seeing your primary care doctor, then based on their review, potential conservative treatments would follow (physical therapy, medications,etc) and perhaps some diagnostic testing.

    once diagnostic testing (ie mri, emg, ct/scan, etc) is done, the results would probably dictate what the next step should be.

    do not get all worried about living your life with back problems. so many of us have and still enjoy a full life. try not to get head of yourself. concentrate on what is at hand and let the medical field pull the onion apart to see what is really going on with you.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Thank you :)

    The physio is the only person I've seen. Getting time off work for the doctor would be awkward, and I can afford to pay for treatment myself so this is just how it's been.

    I've had no x-ray/mri etc, it's been purely sight/feel etc type diagnosises

    I've ended up at the chiropractors today (I had no idea how heavy handed they were!) and I'm interested to see how I feel in the morning. He assured me that I'd be able to get back to heavy exercise at some point or another.. But I've heard that one before :/

    He took an odd approach though, suggested all of this stuff about special chairs and bedding etc is just not beneficial.. I'd just end up not working my problem areas. It sounds reasonable, but so does the other side of it ,, which is to rest the problem areas. Any thoughts on this?

    I'm probably going to do 2 session a week for 2 weeks, then drop it down after that. By his advice..

    I'm still lost, but I feel better mentally, which is nice. I was at such a loose end on Monday when I posted this ..
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