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Old 11-28-2006, 10:51 AM   #1
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Lower back aches. Diagonses show nothing. Help?

Hello, My name is Yakir and I am 20 years-old.

When I was 16 I fell from a fence on my buttocks. My back really hurt for a few weeks but I felt like healing so I didn't do anything. Up to the fall I was 100% healthy and physically active. A few months after the fall I felt aches in my lower back. I have had terrible back-aches and couldn't really sit without moving all the time, straining my legs and sitting in awkward postures (which were somewhat comfortable).
Today I still have back pain. It aches almost IMMEDIATELY when I sit and gets worse as I sit, it aches when I bow down, it aches in different postures. It aches when I lie on my back so I can't sleep on my back. I have to move all the time in order to take away the pain.

The weird thing is that when I run, walk, etc., my back doesn't really hurt! When I lift weight sometimes it hurts and sometimes not. When I sit the pain is sometimes UNBEARABLE.

I've seen some orthopedists, they found nothing and told me I need to do physiotherapy. I have done 2 physiotherapies (5 meetings each), no success in healing my back.
I have done MRI, CT, a bone scan... No findings.

Please help? I'm still young and I feel like I can run and do things like that but the back ache is THERE! I want to take it away! I want to be able to sit normally!

My knees also hurt when I stand and when I sit (!?), but not when I walk/run.
Please, I need any help you can give me, even if it's the most trivial thing in the world...


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Old 11-28-2006, 11:18 AM   #2
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Re: Lower back aches. Diagonses show nothing. Help?

This a new one to me. I am certainly far a physician, but sounds like L5/S1 simply because of the pain you have when sitting. But then again, your ability to run without any pain is certainly confusing, although I speak from how my pain effects me. Everyone is different and so every ones diagnosis is different. You say that you have had MRI, CT and and Bone scan with no results. Has your DR. recommended a Disco gram?, Again I am not a DR. but it seems that a disco gram may be the way to find out if it is a disc problem that is causing your pain, or they could at least eliminate that possibility. Wish I could be more helpful. I am sure there is someone out here in this forum that may have better advice as to your problem. You will find a wealth of information on this forum from some really terrific people. I hope some one can find the right solution for you or at least lead you in the right direction.
Good luck to you.


Old 11-29-2006, 09:27 AM   #3
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Re: Lower back aches. Diagonses show nothing. Help?

It sounds as if you may have injured your sacroiliac joint.

I fell last year, and only began having back pain 6 months ago. (I'm much older than you, but I have always been active in sports and in great physical condition.) My symptoms seems to be very similar to yours. I have no pain when walking, even golfing.

I feel pain when I get up from lying down the whole night, or if I lie down during the day, or sit on certain surfaces, particularly soft surfaces. My pain is in my lower back, mostly on the upper buttock (where some people have a dimple. LOL) basically on the right side. The pain I feel radiates down my leg, something like sciatica, but not typical sciatic pain. More like extreme cramping in my muscles. I believe I'm having muscle spasms that are created by the nerve and soft tissue involvement. (I take an over the counter ibuprofen (800 mg) in the morning, and that helps relieve the pain because it's an anti-inflammatory.)

Go to an orthopaedic MD, and/or a physiatrist (pain management MD specialist) and ask her/him to check you for 'sacroiliac joint disfunction.' It's a difficult diagnosis, but often occurs from trauma, like a fall.


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Old 11-29-2006, 04:35 PM   #4
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Re: Lower back aches. Diagonses show nothing. Help?

I would go and get a second opinion.. only this time, go see a spine surgeon this go. Take your MRI films with you, but do not tell the doctor you will see any comments from your other doctors. At that time, mention if it could be an SI joint issue or is it just soft tissue (muscles).

Muscles take a long time to respond sometimes.. it could be all it is, but don't let it go on and go get another opinion. And when you are there.. you might ask them for some pain medication to help you sleep at least.

Hope this helps. Take care. Tammy
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:50 AM   #5
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Re: Lower back aches. Diagonses show nothing. Help?

Thanks everyone. I have a meeting with an orthopedist on the 11th of december... wish me luck I guess. I wonder what he will say.

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