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Lower back pain that is unbearable

Quick story about myself.

Always been fairly active... high school and college athlete. Those days are long gone and now I am an avid golfer.

I have been experiencing back pain for probably about a year now, but chalked it up to being 29 years old with alot of miles on my body as far as sports and everything. Disregarded it and took my tylenol.

Long story short, the pain is getting so bad that I cannot do every day things including playing with my 5 month old son without being in crazy pain. My latest issue below:

New Years Day - playing golf... got to hole 5 and made a swing and the pain I experienced was unlike anything I have ever felt. I ruptured my achilles and this pain I felt was 10 times worse. It was the normal lower back pain that I have been feeling, but it was far worse this time.

This time, my entire right side went numb/tingly feeling and I literally felt like I was going to do #2 on myself. Like, I couldnt control it. Weird... I know.

While all of this was happening, I had been waiting on a call back to get my MRI set up with sedation (I know, I am a big baby). However, I was rather alarmed, so I called the on-call PCP and he said get to the emergency room and to not wait around for an MRI.

Went to the emergency room and they did several tests on me, including the MRI with sedation. Results were in and all they could really see was ALOT of muscle inflammation which was pressing into the nerve. However, they didnt feel that it should cause me to have "that bad" of pain nor the numbness on the entire right side.

Off to the spine specialist I go... talked with him, he confirmed the MRI showed muscle inflammation, arthritis and thats about it. Nothing "too serious"... However, he felt that there could be a nerve issue in my neck or something going on up there. He did several range of motion tests on my neck and didnt like what he saw. Therefore, he sent me for a CT Scan on my neck and head. He did give me a steroid pack and pain medicine (Tramadol), but I have not felt the slightest improvement.

Sorry to be so long winded, but I am awaiting results on those CT Scans and praying I get answers.

Anyone have the same or similar symptoms?

This pain is darn near unbearable.


  • Where exactly is the pain and numbness located? It is possible to have an injury to the neck and have it effect everything from the location downward........
    There are tons of things that it could be , but speculating is not a good idea and can only serve to make things that much more confusing later. When are you supposed to return to the surgeon's office for the results of the CT scan?
    I would get a copy of the report and then make that appointment as soon as possible once it is done.
    In the meantime, I would be very careful about overdoing things and avoiding accidents until you know what you are dealing with.
  • I am also suffering from back pain and was having the same symptoms as you are having. This is the most common type of back pain. About 19 in 20 cases of sudden-onset (acute) low back pain are classed as nonspecific. This is the type of back pain that most people will have at some point in their life. It is called nonspecific because it is usually not clear what is actually causing the pain.
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  • Just heard back from the spine specialist and the neck/head CT Scan came back good.

    He is sending me in for Epidural Steroid Injections and physical therapy.
  • is about as bad as it gets {next to terminal pain ] mind you I have known a few terminal people who have not been in as much debilitating pain as I am and sadly they are no longer with us ..I remember visiting a friend of mine who did not have long to live and SHE was more worried about ME as she could see that I was uncomfortable trying to stand /lean perch on a hospital chair during visiting time ..!! I asked her ..are you in pain ..not really she said what meds are you on ..just paracetamol and a very low dose of morphine ..and there's me on a bucket load of oxycontin ! .. curious ..I asked my consultant why was the person who did not have long to live seem to be in less pain than myself ..he said many terminal patients only have very bad pain right at the very end ,many can live on little meds for many months ,,and spinal pain is extremely painful and won't let go like some pain will..THERE ARE SOME TERMINAL PATIENTS THAT DO GO THROUGH HELL BEFORE ANYONE POST .IN !! I AM AWARE OF THAT ..
    but back pain is very debilitating and take a lot to cope with ..being able to know your limitations and rest and take your meds is an art .in itself .waiting until you are in pure agony is not the way to deal with chronic /intractable pain .take your meds as directed and if they don't work then see your doctor ..the anxiety waiting for MRI.CT.BLOOD results is stressful too..my wifes says if you can't do anything about it ,then stop worrying ..ok if you can do it !!
    I am in pain 24/7 and some days I can deal with it better than others but I have found that I am limited in my ability now .I can do very little then the pain will stop me as hard as I try to ;;work through it ;;; not any more ..when you get to that stage you know its bad ...I hope things get sorted for you ..good luck
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