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Old 01-24-2006, 07:09 AM   #1
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stabbing "electric shock" pains lower back...scared

I'm a 22 year old female who has had 'back problems' since the age of 12. I played a lot of sports, including fast pitch softball, which I think contributed to my back pain.
Recently, I've been experiencing a new pain... while either sitting or standing, I'll suddenly get a strong/sharp pain pulsating in one specific spot in my lower left side of my back. There is nothing I can do to stop it, and it lasts for about 3 minutes or so then suddenly stops.
What scares me is that this pain is so bad that it nearly takes my breath away and there is nothing I can do to alieviate it when it happens.
I see a chiropractor about once a week. Maybe i should go more?
I was told to see a spine specialist, but I dont know if my insurance will cover it.

I just need some advice. Thanks.

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Old 01-24-2006, 02:16 PM   #2
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Re: stabbing "electric shock" pains lower back...scared

If you are having "shock" sensations then you need to either see a spine specialist or a neurosurgeon. You mentioned that you are going to a Chiropractor, I would reccomend not having a manipulation done until you find out what this is. Your spinal cord could be involved and by cracking or manipulating the spine you could actually
do more damage. I have been dealing with both cervial and lumbar back problems for years and beleive me you need to see an expert when it comes to your back. I wish you the best!

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