:confused Almost a year ago, I all of a sudden began having bad lower back pain...I have no idea what caused it (I had not lifted anything heavy, etc), but I was in extreme pain when trying to bend over, etc. I went to the dr. and they put me on pain medicine (ultram), and muscle relaxers for 2-3 weeks. The pain partially did go away. Then, about two months ago, the pain mysteriously came back. I went back to the dr. who put me on basically the same sorts of meds. and also had me go for an x-ray of my lower back. Well, the x-ray was inconclusive. The pain subsided, but never really disappeared, and a few days ago my back hurt really bad. I went back to the dr. (this time saw another dr. in the practice...this dr. also has back problems, so he understands what I'm going thru).
From his evaluation, he told me that I have Kyphosis with Hperlordosis & chronic low back syndrome. Is this some sort of osteoporosis? I'm only 41 years old!
Anyway, he's going to send me for a Thoracic/dorsal x-ray (since I never had my upper back x-rayed), then also an MRI. He want me to go ahead and go for physical therapy also, since that can't hurt...exercise, ultrasound and massage 2-3 times a week for 1 month. He went ahead and prescribed Celebrex for me to take twice a day. Does this sound like the usual first line of treatment?
First of all, has anyone ever heard of what he diagnosed me with? Secondly, I'm really upset since I'm not that old to be having these problems. Sorry this post is so long!
Hyperlordosis is simply an exagerated inward curve of the spine. I also have this. It is tiring, but not life threatening. It is sometimes referred to as swayback (picture a horse and you'll get it). It is a genetic formation of the spine and is not a serious problem usually.
I am actually being seen for a degenerated disk and spondylosis, so I'm not sure what the exact treatment for this is. Don't worry about being in your 40s with back problems. Not all people with back problems are old--I'm only 28! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
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Jennifer, thanks for helping me to feel a little better about this diagnosis so far...my spine has always been curved; I wonder why it never seemed to cause problems until the past couple of years. From what the dr. said, I may have a few different problems. I just have to remember that none of this is life-threatening.
As long as the doctors don't find anything untoward on an MRI, they'll probably just send you for PT. The two terms used (kyphosis and hyperlordosis) just describe your posture. Kyphosis means rounded shoulders and head jutting forward. Lordosis means sway backed (butt jutting backwards) and of course hyper in front of it means "a lot". All this excessive curvature pulls on the muscles. A lot of stretching for the neck, chest muscles, hips, low back and probably hamstring will help. They'll also probably tell you to strengthen your upper back, lower back, and abdominals. All this stretching and strengthening will relax the tight muscles and tighten the loose ones so you are better in balance. The anti-inflammatory Celbrex is needed since all this over stretching is probably inflamming your muscles and no healing can begin until the inflammation goes away. Hope this helps...Good luck!
Runner, thanks so much for your reply to my message...mentally it's helping me feel better and like it's not "the end of the world". I haven't been scheduled for the MRI, x-ray or physical therapy yet...still waiting on the darn insurance company to get approval.