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Old 08-17-2004, 05:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy back pain since march ple

HI everybody i just wantedto get some opinions i have had back problems on and off since 1994 i tusually comes and goes i had a mri in 2000 showed a bulging disk l4 l5 i usually had three episodes a year when i would aggravate at my job which intitles heavy lifting on occasion.this time i have had pain on the same side as the bulging disk since march anti inflamotory meds dull the pain buti have never had a steady pain like this for so long.i am a truck driver so i do alot of sitting. it dosent bother hardly at all if i am standing only sitting aggravates it.i have never had any leg pain associated with my back pain i am wondering what could be causing this pain for so long i was thinkng another mri i just hope that i dont have arthritis at the youn age of 36.i wonder if there could be a nerve root dwn there it is a burning pain any help would be appreciated thank you

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Old 08-17-2004, 06:13 PM   #2
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Re: back pain since march ple

Bigtime--Sitting puts more pressure on the spine than almost anything you can do (except leaning over the wrong way and picking up a heavy load). There are people here who literally can't sit at all. Some people are limited to a half hour or so. So you really have to be careful.

you've probably tried a lot of the different cushions. The one which is slanted with a cut out at the back (where your tailbone goes) is helpful for some people. Lumbar support pillows also help some people. Since sitting is so much a part of your living, it's a tough situation. If you can take more breaks and walk around that may also help some. If you see a doc, they'll probably want to do another MRI, which may be a good idea.

Good luck,


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