I hope someone can shed some light on this as its really upsetting me
My mum has always had a healthy back. She has never had problems with it and is 48 years old.
About 8 months ago she had sudden lower back pain while she was sitting in a car as a passenger. The pain was quite severe for a couple of hours but disappeared the next day. She didn't lift anything heavy or do any awkward movements that could trigger the back pain.
About 6 weeks later she was on the sowing machine for about 1 1/2
hours and the pain returned and was worse than before. The Doctor prescribed painkillers and advised my mum to apply heat packs to her lower back.
My mum couldn't bend down and pick things up, she had to keep her back straight to keep the pain levels low otherwise the pain was really bad.
This pain remained for 3 weeks. My mum explained the pain as coming from the lower portion of the spine and it felt as if the bones are rubbing each other. The pain gets worse if she stands or sits for a long period of time or walks. Any sort of impact, even sitting in a car and driving over a speed bump aggrevates her back.
She has had sciatica twice where pain radiated to her right leg twice in the space of a month. The pain gets worse if she is cold and spreads throughout the whole back and the portion of the spine just above the lumbar also hurts when touched.
I would like to know whether she has Disc Degenerative Disease, a Herniated Disc or something else altogether?
Am I right in assuming that if she had degenerative disease then the onset of pain would have been gradual rather than spontaneous?
The doctors did an X-ray and said there is a small amount of arthritis but we are pushing for an MRI as it is more telling and arthritis is common in people of older age anyway so isn't really a tell tale sign of being the cause for the back pain as someone can show traces of arthritis in their lower back and be perfectly fine with no pain.
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