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Old 03-12-2007, 06:38 PM   #1
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Please help. I am 24 years old. I have never had a back problem. It was either when I was deadlifting or shovelling snow but for the past month and a half I've been extremely depressed with a lower back injury.

The pain starts basically in the middle of my lower back which is right above the crack of my butt. It extends deep inside the area where my leg connects to my buttocks (just below hip and above thigh) and inside where my leg connects to my lower back. It's almost difficult to pinpoint exactly where the pain is (aside what I mentioned).

I have no tingling or numbness in my left leg. When I bend over to put on a sock or shoe on, lefting my right leg and being supported on my left is when the pain is great. Twisting to the left hurts as well. I have no problem jumping off 2 feet. The pain has been here for over a month and a half now.

At first I thought it was a muscle but it hasn't gotten any better at all. Every morning I hope to wake up feeling a tiny bit more relief but nothing.

I take IBUPROFEN and the pain subsides substancially. When it wears off, it's back to square one. I can't live like this.

Before I give in to seeing a doctor, does anybody have this in common? Should a chiropractor be sought? Any help or advice would be appreciated at this point.

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Old 03-12-2007, 07:01 PM   #2
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Re: Identifying Lower Back Pain! Please Help!

I would definitely follow up on this pain with your general medical doctor so that the proper tests can be ordered to identify the exact problem and they can determine whether you need to see a spinal surgeon or neurologist. A month and a 1/2 is a long time to have pain and it is time to investigate so that you do not do anything to further injure yourself.

As far as a chiro goes, many of us posters on the board will tell you that you need to see a spinal surgeon/neurologist first. You do not want a chiro to manipulate your back and do damage that can not be reversed.

Good luck and I pray that you find relief soon.

Old 03-12-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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Ditto to what DDP stated. See a regular GP at this point. DONT WAIT. You've waited long enough already. Get yourself checked. Sounds like a little sciatica which could be coming from a few different sources. NO CHIRO's!!! Not for now. Hope you feel better. Keep us posted.
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Old 03-13-2007, 05:29 AM   #4
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Re: Identifying Lower Back Pain! Please Help!

Welcome to the board first of all,

You will find that the people here give open and honest opinons and that we all call it as we have experinced things for our selves.

Listen to your body, it is telling you something is not correct. I would start of as mentioned in the other posts. Once you get one doctors recommendations if needed go and get another and see what sounds the best. With the experiences that I have been through I would start with a Spine Specalist if possible. They are the experts in the area of the Spine and back. I wish I would have had this knowledge 2 years ago...

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Old 03-13-2007, 11:06 AM   #5
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Re: Identifying Lower Back Pain! Please Help!

Those were almost exactly my symptoms. First, see a doctor. As for me, it took about six months to get better, and I had to take Naproxen for pain relief. Ibuprofen didn't do it. My advice is to keep doing MILD exercise and VERY slowly increase it as the pain wears off. I keep re-injuring myself because I increase the exercise too quickly. My diagnosis was slipped discs (as shown in the MRI), but my latest doc (a pain specialist) says that my pain is actually coming from a strained back that I keep straining.

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