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Old 06-06-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Angry Back pain...

had car accident in march (nothing broke), and after a few days started with head and upper back pain. went to a chiropractor 3x a week for the past two months. I finished my therapy this past Wednesday and now I have lower back pain...

the pain makes me irritable and annoying to my husband and family members and makes me depressed. I know is kind of early of me to be complainin', but i do not want to take any meds or drugs.... I'm so upset because I've been super healthy and I hope this pain leaves my body...is this normal?? what should I do?? pls help, im freaking out

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Re: Back pain...

I wanted to welcome you to the board, but I don't really have much else to add! Having absolutely no idea what kind of damage you may have sustained in the automobile accident, I couldn't guess what now might be going on.

Perhaps the cervical area of your spine has been adjusted to the point that your lumbar spine is now out of alignment...or perhaps there is some cervical disc damage that is causing some nerve pain futher down in your body.

I don't know how the chiropractor was treating you...but, in general many of us with serious, chronic back problems are not overly fond of chiropractic treatment unless the patient is quite sure of a diagnosis. When there is nerve involvement, a well-meaning chiropractor can do more damage than good...at least, in some cases.

Give yourself about ten days to see if things settle down. If not, I would suggest you go to your family doctor or PCP who may want to order some imaging like a MRI or CT scan to see if there is some soft tissue damage that didn't show up on X-ray, (which I'm assuming you had after the accident....?)

 
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Re: Back pain...

Welcome to the boards, and sorry to hear about your continued pain problems.

It's unfortunately not uncommon that once you have upper or lower back pain issues to experience the other not too much later. Our bodies are held together by an incredibly complex and interconnected system of muscles, bones, joints and ligaments. Once one area has problems, it can affect other areas as well.

If you go back to the chiropractor, you may have problems getting the auto insurance to cover your care as they will likely say your lower back issues aren't related to your car accident, even though they in most likelihood are related. It would be worth a return visit to your chiropractor anyways to see how it goes, and he/she may be able to help you get the costs covered by the auto insurance.

Do you have any pain that travels down one or both legs, or into your groin? If so, you need to have an MRI and see your primary care doctor, then get a referral to a spine surgeon for an evaluation.

Not everyone who has back problems needs to have medications or needs to have a major adjustment in their lifestyles. However, it does happen to some of us and we go through a period of a major attitude adjustment.

I really hope your lower back pain is just muscle related and that you can get back to the lifestyle you are accustomed to quickly. We're here to listen to you vent, and believe me we have all had times where we have vented as back pain can be very frustrating to deal with.

Best wishes as you go forward, and we're here for you!

 
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Re: Back pain...

before the treatment started they did xrays, then after a month and a half of treatment, they did an mri. but i dont know if if was with contrast or without. Can i go to the specialist (like orthopedic) and take that mri with me so the ortho dr. can check it out???

 
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Re: Back pain...

Like tetonteri suggested, give it 10-14 days to see if your low back pain settles down. Ibuprofin can really help also if you don't have health problems that contradict its use. Using an icepack 20 minutes at a time 2-4 times a day can also really help. Both of these things help get the inflammation (swelling) down and can often give you major pain relief.

If you are still having problems after that time, it would be good to see your family doctor and ask for a referral to a spine surgeon for an evaluation.

You may have some insurance issues to battle with as the auto insurance company will likely say it's not related to the car accident and your health insurance will likely say it is, but you still need to put your health as a priority and get the care you need and deserve.

 
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