Re: Lower Back Pain Help!
Hi, of course I cant diagnose you & there are many possibilities as to what might be causing your spasms and pain. However, if you've been dealing with it mildly for 10 years and now it seems to be getting worse, you really should see a doctor. They will probably do x-rays and it would probably be a good idea to have an MRI if you can. X-rays show the bones & joints but not soft tissue problems, the MRI is better for that. I had an x-ray first, which didnt show much except for mild scoliosis and mild degeneration. The xray did not explain at all the extent of my spine problems. I started suddenly getting low back pain (what I now know are spasms) in early '03 while walking or standing for too long. It would also go across the area where my low back meets my buttocks and in my buttocks area. At first it would come & go and was annoying. I didnt mention it to any doc until at least a year later. It was getting more frequent and I also was starting to have trouble going out shopping & such. I had the x-ray in '04, which didnt show much. My rheumy had me try this & that (some different anti-inflammatories, lidocaine patches, lidocaine shots) and some of it worked at first. But by early '05 I got so bad I could no longer walk more than 20 to 30 feet, couldnt stand, couldnt lay flat anymore. My spasms were getting worse and more widespread; I ended up not being able to walk upright, I was bent over almost 90 degrees. I finally had an MRI and it found I had several disc herniations (one torn), a few disc bulges, all from DDD, spondylosis, and severe central canal lumbar stenosis (due to bony overgrowth and thickening & buckling of a ligament in the spine). I can tell you if you have stenosis, you will not be able to bend backwards at all & your pain is usually relieved by bending forward. [U]If you bend back, do you get any worsening of your pain or spasms?[/U]
I'm not saying you have any of this, but it sounds to me like something might be going on that is getting worse over time. It could be degenerative disc disease, or facet arthritis, spondylosis, an inflammatory disease (like AS or RA), or a slew of other things. It's possible it might not even be back related. I really urge you to see your doctor about since you've been dealing with it for so long. Also, make sure you tell the doc exactly when it hurts, try to show where it hurts; let him know what makes it worse or better; how long it's been going on, etc...Keep us posted and feel free to vent or ask any other questions you might have. Everyone on here is full of advice, knowlegdge, and great support!