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Sudden knife-like spasms in lower back

adc1966aadc1966 Posts: 1
edited 02/13/2015 - 9:28 PM in Lower Back Pain
Four day ago, with no cause that I'm aware of, I started getting terrible spasms of pain in my lower spine... right about in the middle of the small of the back.

There will be 2-3 seconds of absolutely blinding pain, followed by an ache that dissipates after about 10 minutes... until the next spasm. The pain of the spasm is often enough to basically drop me in my tracks. I'm terrified to move.

On the second night of this, I went to the walk-in clinic. They sent me home with 5 doses of flexaril and a 12-day tapering course of prednisone.

The flexaril does nothing at all. The prednisone seems to relieve the pain for about 12 hours... but I can only take it every 24 hours.

Practically any movement can trigger a spasm... sitting down, standing up, lying down, turning, taking a bad step, bumping unexpectedly against something... and the pain is just horrifying when it happens.

So after 4 days of pain, 2 days of medication, there has been basically no improvement.

From what I understand, back spasms usually happen and then last a while... they don't happen over and over for a few seconds at a time.

Has anyone else had these symptoms? Is it something that can last a long time? Can anything be done to relieve the spasms?


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