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Uncomfortable Lower Back Pain With Unknown Cause.

I've been having intense lower back pain that causes me extreme discomfort. It feels like there's a constant pressure in my back and I can't get rid of it. It comes and goes randomly. I can still move around freely and bend over and such but it keeps me up at night and I can't sit without shifting position every few minutes to relieve the discomfort. I'm only 18 so I still go to school and I carry a heavy backpack so maybe that's the cause. It's been happening for over a year now and I've learned to live with it. But I haven't gotten it checked out ever.
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  • smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 447
    Are you able to do any stretches or exercises that alleviate the stress in your back?  Have you seen any doctors or therapists about it?
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello RWebster !
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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 692
    For me, it's more about what you do most of the time rather than what you do for five minutes at a time. In other words, it's not about the backpack that you carry from class to class, but rather what you're doing in class for 50 minutes. The hours at school sitting, at home sitting and studying, eating, watching tv, gaming, tweeting, driving a car etc. [basically near motionless, limited movement life-style] that delegates against what our bodies should be doing.

    Since we're designed for motion, irrefutable, and we put ourselves in a motionless environment the body reacts and it backfires. Muscles designed to give major movement are put at rest, and the secondary muscles become the movers. This puts us out of muscular balance. Since muscle's move bones they become affected and out of balance.

    I'd say go ahead and get the diagnostics done and if you're told they can't find anything, move on to the next specialist until you find one that can give you real results. Even if you're an athlete, you can't expect to tell your muscles to go dormant all day and then hit the field for 90 minutes expecting everything to be fine. This, I believe, is a major reason we have so many non-contact related injuries in youth sports, as well as every day life. 10 or 15, or 20 minutes of the wrong warm up is not enough.  

    Can you ask your teacher(s) if okay for you to get up every 20-30 minutes to move around? Couple that with @smartens162 great advice of some stretches and you'd be doing a great service for yourself.  

    Great job with reaching out to the forum. I think you're going to be fine! 
        
  • First- get it checked out. It could be muscle strain, it coulld be a herniated disc- it could be anything. After you get a diagnosis, you'll  know how to take care of it. 
  • I've got a similar issue! I'm still at school too and can't really sit for long without needing to shift because of Lower back pain/discomfort. I haven't gotten it sorted yet either (hoping it's just strain from sitting or cheerleading). Interested to see how things turn out for you 
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello chaoscomposer!
    Welcome to Spine-Health
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    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Jeffrey05JJeffrey05 Milwaukee wiPosts: 3
    Hi Webster. I dealt with back pain for quite a few years. Starting in my mid 20's. Lower back fully "locked up" worst pain of my life. Couldn't walk, couldn't even cross my legs while laying down! Regular doc did a xray. Diagnosis was a muscle strain. Fast forward a few yrs and my whole leg went numb and finally found out it was a herniated disc. My point is it likely was just a bulge the first cpl yrs. Had I known about it then I wouldve done alot more preventing. You've had pain for a year definitely cld be beneficial to have it checked out
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