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    Old 04-13-2018, 12:20 PM   #1
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    Erector Spinae - Muscle sprain

    Hi
    I am in the UK. Earlier in the week had a real back pain, just couldn't really move. Pain got worse and now housebound.
    The pain is coming from the Erector Spinae area, also hurting when breathing. I get spasms from the muscle.
    Anyone know what remedy is best or a gel product and any exercises?
    Thanks

     
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    Old 04-14-2018, 05:36 PM   #2
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    That is such a large collection of muscle. Where specifically is your pain? Are you sure it is truly back pain and not radiating from an internal organ? What are your symptoms?

     
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    Old 04-15-2018, 05:45 AM   #3
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    [QUOTE=teteri66;5480826]That is such a large collection of muscle. Where specifically is your pain? Are you sure it is truly back pain and not radiating from an internal organ? What are your symptoms?[/QUOTE]

    Apologises I should of been more precise.

    The pain is coming from right side of my spine mid-way down, just to the right. The muscle area where bottom rear rib cage/top of liver.
    I can walk slowly ahead ok, though rotating really makes muscle spasm. The sensation like the muscle locks and the more you hold that position the more the pain quickly rises. I don't have any tingling in my legs or arms, hands etc.

    Had this about 6 days. I haven't visited the Doctor yet. I've used hot and cold packs, used Ibuprofen heat gel, but the symptoms have not improved. I am in my 40's. If this is a muscle pull, I suppose it will be 2 weeks before I see any real improvement?

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    Old 04-15-2018, 07:18 AM   #4
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    Sounds like you are doing the right things -- ice and /or heat, ibuprofen for swelling, avoid activities that aggravate it, probably no twisting, etc. You could try one of those over-the- counter products that you rub on the skin.

    Soft tissue sprains and injuries can take a long time to heal, and can be quite painful while doing so. Hopefully you are through the worst of it by now.

     
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    Old 04-15-2018, 07:43 AM   #5
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    [QUOTE=teteri66;5480854]Sounds like you are doing the right things -- ice and /or heat, ibuprofen for swelling, avoid activities that aggravate it, probably no twisting, etc. You could try one of those over-the- counter products that you rub on the skin.

    Soft tissue sprains and injuries can take a long time to heal, and can be quite painful while doing so. Hopefully you are through the worst of it by now.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for the reply.
    I have only just discovered that the previously opened Ibuprofen gel I have been using is vastly out of date, I can't believe I did not spot that. The anti-inflammatory benefit is probably not there.
    In UK, we have a product called Voltarol gel. It is pricey but very well reviewed. I shall get some in the morning and hopefully that will assist matters.

     
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    Old 04-15-2018, 01:15 PM   #6
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    Done some light stretches today I think it might of helped slightly.

     
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    Old 04-16-2018, 05:34 AM   #7
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    Yes, I should have mentioned to try to keep moving. Gentle stretching and light walking are helpful.

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    Old 04-25-2018, 04:15 PM   #8
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    [QUOTE=teteri66;5480905]Yes, I should have mentioned to try to keep moving. Gentle stretching and light walking are helpful.[/QUOTE]

    Saw the GP in the end today. The back wasn't getting any better.

    GP did range of mobility tests and my spine ok, though have a very bad muscle pull. Prescribed me Diazepam & Naproxen. Hopefully on a road to some improvement.
    Many thanks for the advice.

     
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