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Why does my spine crack, pop and hurt all the time?

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Old 02-15-2008, 09:47 PM   #1
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Why does my spine crack, pop and hurt all the time?

I have had a problem with my back and pelvis for about 8 years. It is getting progressively worse. I have been told that I have arthritis, but the pain does not respond to pain relievers. My spine cracks and clicks all the time when I turn to the right, left bends back, or forward. When I sit and stand up,, I feel pain in the front near where my legs join my torso, like the muscles are too short and in the slabs of muscle that are attached to my back on each side... When I lay in bed at night, I have to put a pillow under my stomach to support my spine and keep it straight, if it curves, the pain wakes me up, and at times I wake up locked in place and unable to move for the pain’ I also have to keep a pillow under me when I sleep on my side. My hands and arms fall asleep at night, and I wake up with painful numbness and tingling. The pain does not respond to aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. I have been prescribed Mobic 7.5 mg. But I am afraid to take these continually.
Also, this pelvic and back pain affect my bowel movements, I am constantly constipated.
Does anyone have any idea what is wrong with me? My quality of life has been drastically affected.

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Old 02-16-2008, 05:29 AM   #2
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Re: Why does my spine crack, pop and hurt all the time?

Hi, I would see suggest seeing if you can have an MRI done or your spine. Your family physician can order this just to make sure everything is okay. Depending on the results of it then you can determine whether you need to see a spinal surgeon (orthopedic who has additional training in spinal surgery) for a complete workup. Just because you see a spinal surgeon does not mean that you will need surgery but better to have a set of trainined eyes make sure that it is arthritis.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Old 02-16-2008, 05:38 AM   #3
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Re: Why does my spine crack, pop and hurt all the time?

Hi Rose, and welcome to the board!

We're not doctors, but we've all got various back ailments. This is a good place to get an education and some advice from others who have been there already. I've learned a lot here, and I've been so blessed to be helped through some pretty major things by the supportive people here.

Are you sleeping on your stomach? That's generally a frowned-on position for people with back problems, as it puts more stress on the spine. If you can get yourself to stop sleeping on your stomach, it might help. I don't think that's the big solution, but it might make your pain somewhat less. If the arthritis medication isn't helping, there's probably something else going on besides just that.

Have you ever seen a spine specialist? Sounds like you need to have some testing to see what's really going on in there. A CT scan and/or an MRI would be in order.

I don't know your age, but a bone density might also be a good idea. I have had back problems for years, but when I got osteoporosis in my early 40's, the back problems went through the roof.

I'm not familiar with Mobic, but pain medications in general tend to cause constipation. I take Colace everyday to help with that, along with eating a good diet with vegetables and foods with fiber. A few prunes can also go a long way for relief.

I hope you get some answers. These back problems are indeed life changing!


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