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My name is Hannah, 31, and I live near to Manchester in England. After a jolt on a train in January I continued to experience lower back pain. In March/April time I visited my doctor to explain that I was coping with the pain by taking over-the-counter pain killers, but only really once a fortnight. In early August I had a massive 'flair up' (a name I've given it, but I'm not referring specifically to muscles) and visited the doctor again in a huge amount of pain. They were brilliant and got me an x ray and blood tests fairly quickly. I have now been diagnosed with pars defect and am waiting for the nearest spinal clinic to get in contact (my doctor made the referral already).
But, I'm the first patient of this doctor who has received this diagnosis, so I'm left with no information, apart from Google. It's great to see a forum like this, and although I'm not asking for medical advice, I was wondering if anyone could share some pain relieving tips. I find a hot water bottle can provide relief, and I've searched out some very simple, gentle exercises.