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    Old 02-19-2001, 12:50 PM   #1
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    lower back pain help needed

    Hello, This is my first post as I have just found this site, like 99% of the people on here I need help. I am a 41 year old male with a very heavy job (plasterer) Ihave never had a back problem before my problem started 4weeks ago wich felt like someone was sticking a finger 1 inch left of my lower back it got worse, I went to the docs he gave me painkillers,3weeks on the pain feels like tooth ache in my lower back bone 2 inch iether side, the only relief I get is lying on my side. I am allmost sure I have not pulled a muscel I have very slight ddd as expected for my age and job group that I know of 3years ago. any one any ideas. thanks in advance for any help Paul

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    Old 02-19-2001, 01:16 PM   #2
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    Hi paul,
    sounds like you should follow through with x-rays and ,or mri . That is to see what the extent of anything wrong. I too, was heavy worker, running warehouse until 6 months ago. Now i need to retrain. I am 42 years old.
    Good luck, hope everything goes well.

    Old 02-19-2001, 04:13 PM   #3
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    Hi Paul! You won't know anything until you seek out a good neurosurgeon who will start with an MRI and maybe proceed with other tests to determine what the problem is. When you do find out, come back to the boards and tell exactly what the problem is and people here can tell you their experiences. What ever you do, keep surgery to the very last thing-these boards are full of horror stories about surgery. That is why I haven't had any. Another site for help is *****. I post on both boards and found alot of great knowledege. Good luck. Judy

    Old 02-19-2001, 05:44 PM   #4
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    I agree with everyone AS well You Have to see someone did it happen on the job? If so all doctor visits should be covered by workers comp you shouldn't wait

    Old 02-19-2001, 08:50 PM   #5
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    Paul if the problem persists and your smart enough to stay away from the meds please check out the alternatives. Western medicine is quick to dope you up then slice you up(pardon the sarcasm)but they did it to me. They were going to do it again until I asked around and found out about other noninvasive procedures and practices. A friend of mine introduced me to magnetic theraphy. What a concept- stick a special magnet to our body and have no more discomfort. Pretty tough to swallow huh. Trust me when I say it works or better yet when 30 million people world wide say it works. The mattresses that have this technolgy are a true god send. If you stop and think about it, When you truly have a good night sleep don't you feel great the next day. Sense I've been sleeping on this mattress I've had absolutly no problems with my back or my neck(the latter of which they fused) I'm not saying Western medicine is bad but there are other ways. Good luck

    Old 02-20-2001, 06:18 AM   #6
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    Hi Paul -

    Sounds like you have injured your back for sure. I agree that you need to seek a specialist for further testing. Simple x-rays rarely show the type problems most of us have here. I would be careful with the pain meds before you find out what is going on with your back. Sometimes they do make you feel better and you can do further harm to yourself by doing to much. Let us know what the doc says and I hope you feel better soon...


    Old 02-22-2001, 10:16 AM   #7
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    I suggest at this point you get a MRI to see what's going on. The exray's usually do not show you what is going on when it comes to buldged or torn disks as well as any nerve impingement.

    Old 02-25-2001, 06:54 AM   #8
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    I'm going to go against what everyone just said and i'm going to recomend Massage therapy, maybe combined with physio and chiropractor. Since your problems seem to be stress related i don't think you should run of to see a surgon and go for xray when i can almost guarentee you it's a muscle problem. You could have a bit of joint dysfunction (most people do to some degree) which could be throwing the muscles off. either way it's a muscle problem.
    You need to see a doctor who deals with muslce problems. Doctors tend order xrays and if nothing shows up then they'll send you home with painkillers and say deal with it. THats what a lot of doctors do (atleast in cases i've heard of), It's not their fault it's just that they aren't really trained to look for muscle problems. YOu need to find someone who deals with muscle problems.
    Chances are your posture while working and sitting has made your muscles tight, stressed, overused, while other muscles are stretched, weak etc.
    I notice your from england so i'm not sure if the system works the same over there. DO you have massage therapist over there? Not someone who just relaxes you, but someone who can treat mucle problems and has an extensive knowledge of anatomy? I'm gonna assume you do. Find one of them, here it would just be a registered massage therapist. Make sure it's someone who has taken a course in treatments and anatomy.
    What they can do is asses the muscles (which i can almost guarentee you is your problem) they can help to relax the tense muscles, help you to strengthen tight muslces. And if necessary will refer you to other doctors (chiropractor, physiotherapist) if necessary and after the first assessment if it is necessary you will be sent for xrays and other tests if they dont' think the problem is muscle related. I've heard a million stories of ppl going for tests, surgery, being on medacation for years being told there is nothing that can be done for them when all it takes is someone who is trained to work on muscles to help to fix the problem.
    You obviously can chose whatever method of treatment you wish, but i just hope you look into what i've said, you don't have to live in pain and go through a million tests and be on pain medication for the rest of your life.

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