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Unusual Pain - Need Help to Try to Diagnose

JeffMJJeffM Posts: 1
edited 10/17/2014 - 2:45 PM in Lower Back Pain
About 4-5 months ago, I woke up one morning after playing tennis the night before. Had groin pain that made me limp around a bit. Groin pain resolved.

However, ever since, I have had pain on my entire right side, including as low as mid-to-upper buttock, hip, groin, in the area of appendix, on over to lower ribs, around the back to around T-12/L-1 to the right of spine about 1.5 inches, and on downward to the Sacral region. Basically, my entire right side feels a dull, headache-like pain, which feels like it is coupled with muscular tightness.

It really feels like if I could stretch the heck out of it, it might improve. Stretching feels good to do, but it does not cause any lasting relief. Even though muscles feel all tight and achy, I stretch quite far - for example, I can sit on the floor with legs straight out, bend forward and place the palms on my hands around the soles of my feet and touch my nose to my knee. I can hold that position for as long as I want, but usually hold it for around 1 - 2 minutes.

I do not recall any particular trauma. I do remember, however, trying to learn how to serve overhand. Maybe that caused some sort of injury, but if so, I distinctly recall I felt no sense of any pain or injury whatsoever that night. I was in decent shape, physically (and still am), so I am somewhat at a loss.

I feel fine. No fever, chills, nausea, sweating, or anything. Just that dull, achy, tightness throughout my right side as described. I don't know what to even call it. Usually, for me, back pain is more localized. I have never had it where I could feel it over such a large area. I am almost tempted to describe it as some sort of nerve disorder, but then, if it was, that would involve several nerves, obviously,

It causes me no disability at all. It's just a rotten, minor nuisance that is bad enough to where I contort and twist and poke and prod and rub my back and side frequently, and people notice me doing it.

It feels as though it must be muscle-related because the stretching feels good and when I stretch, I can feel the tight area pull. But like I said, if it was for lack of being limber, I think I am very limber, since I can easily stretch as far as I do.

Does anyone want to take a serious stab at this? Meanwhile, I'll get back to some more stretching.


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  • thornyjeantthornyjean Posts: 1
    edited 10/21/2014 - 8:03 PM

    I am going to tell you my diagnosis- feedback from my experience. I have herniated discs pressing on the nerves below the end of the spinal cord. the L2, L3 and mildly in L1.

    For me - it started with tight muscles in the same area you describe as well. The muscles go so tight around my bones in my entire body now - even my chest pops and my ribs. Ouch.

    Then the lower back pain and unbearable hip pain began and numbness in my lower body. I have peripheral neuropathy in my entire body now after suffering 15 years.

    I have such large muscles in my entire body - without exercise - caused by nerve damage.

    I have gone to more doctors than I can count. Until a recent visit to the ER. After relaying some horribly embarrassing symptoms and enduring a few unpleasant tests...

    Cauda Equina Syndrome

    I am not saying you have this Syndrome - just a thought. But just in case please look into that because the earlier you catch it the better your recovery. Not many doctors know about it as it appears to be a bit rare.

    Take care and I wish you the best recovery possible.

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