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    Old 03-02-2006, 12:51 PM   #1
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    lower back pain,miserable

    Hey folks. New to the back section. Can't seem to get much for answers else where!

    So here is my story. I seem to have an ever-growing aggravated lower back issue. Months back I felt hip pain, almost like sciatica pain, and it seemed to have gone away. Then I developed later what seemed to be a lower back ache. Although it tended to orientate around my menstrual cycle (sorry if thats TMI) and then it would go away. This month, it hasn't. Its persisted and gotten worse. I have an appt with my obgyn to look into potential cysts etc, since it was focused around my monthly cycle prior to this month.

    It hurts to sit, it hurts to stand after awhile and walking cna be uncomfortable too. Its very low, just directly above my buttocks. Sitting hurts more than standing, it tends to have a throbbing sensation, sometimes worse than others. The only time it feels completely relieved is laying on my stomach I discovered last night. Ibuprofen and motrin don't seem to touch it, nor tylenol.

    Heat doesn't seem to help much either, unless I soak in a hot bath.

    I have not had any injuries, or feel I've pulled anything that I am aware of. I work out regularly 6 times a week, focused on weight loss (although being 5'3" and 152lbs I don't think this is a huge issue). The only thing I will note is recently I have not been doi ng my very regular stretches because I have very muscular/strong legs they tend to keep my hamstrings very tight.

    Any insight from anyone?? I'm so miserable.. sitting at work all day, just makes it worse. I'd rate the pain from a 1 to 10 at a 7-8 at its worse.

     
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    Old 03-02-2006, 05:21 PM   #2
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    Re: lower back pain,miserable

    What do the doctors say?

     
    Old 03-02-2006, 08:59 PM   #3
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    Hi,
    I would make an appt. with my primary Dr. if nothing turns up at gyno appt. Better to find a problem before it gets too bad. Good Luck!

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    Old 03-03-2006, 12:07 AM   #4
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    Re: lower back pain,miserable

    You might want to lay off the work outs until you find out what's going on. If you feel the need to exercise, walking would be best until you know what you're dealing with.

    Take care and let us know.

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 01:17 AM   #5
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    Sounds like your sacroiliac joints. Talk to your family doc, obgyn, othro, anyone who will listen. I have the same thing sorta and its just getting worse with no DX yet. Good luck. Look up hip diseases.

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 05:27 AM   #6
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    Re: lower back pain,miserable

    Hi, I have registered with this website solely because you sound just like me. I started having back/leg and hip numbness/pain in April 03.
    I too had the 'monthly' pain increase and as lower back pain is a 'side effect' of periods I just had accept it.

    I tried everything and ended up having an operation in Nov 05 to release the nerve trapped in my lower back. My operation did remove the sciatica in my left leg but has left me with a whole lot of other pain. It may be that it would have came anyway but... I now have lower back, nerve pain from lower back down and unfortunately have now developed sciatica in my right leg. Today I am on 8 dihydrocodeine 30mg, 8 paracetamol and 4gabapentin per day and I still have pain.

    I too sit all day at work. I have invested in a spinal / cocyxx seat pad - well worth it, gives you an increased amount of time you can sit.

    I would suggest that you stop your workouts until they have diagnosed what is wrong. However keep up some form of exercise, however slight. I was advised to do nothing and ended up as a result of non=activity and painkillers putting on 3 stone which does not help your condition. If it is back problems you have and not referred pain from some other condition the fact that you take regular exercise will help, but do keep exercising in some way.

    Definitely insist that you speak to a neurosurgeon/orthopaedic surgeon and get an MRI, it will tell you if there is a spinal/nerve reason for your pain.

    Good luck I hope you manage to get it sorted out

     
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    Old 03-03-2006, 08:10 AM   #7
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    Re: lower back pain,miserable

    i had to chime in too, because you also sound a lot like me!

    i had sporadic pain over the course of a few years, that mostly presented as pain in my hip, groin and thigh. it seemed to flare with my monthly cycles each month, so i thought it was connected. my ob/gyn did a vaginal ultrasound, but could find nothing wrong and referred me back to my gp. she thought it was hip bursitis and referred me to physical therapy. the therapist at first thought i had piriformis syndrome. all this time, all the docs kept asking me if i had back pain, but i insisited my back was fine. never felt it there!

    then, suddenly, what was once sporadic became a chronic nightmare. pain went from my hip/butt down to my big toe. it was relentless, crippling, frustrating! my therapist was convinced the problem was in my lumbar spine and referred me to a spine specialist. she sent me for an MRI, which revealed herniated disc at L4/L5 and L5/S1, with nerve impingement. arg! i am still flabbergasted that those years of pain were originating in my back! i'm extremely active, workout a lot, am fit, 41 years old, 5'3", 110 lbs. how did this happen? my parents both have horrible back problems, and i have since learned that there's a large genetic link to these problems. wah.

    anyway... i was diagnosed in january. my spine doc said i should consider surgery, but recommended trying a spinal injection first. so, i had a nerve block done on feb 1st. that brought mixed results. the pain in my hip and thigh has lessened, but the pain in my feet and lower leg, and back, has intensified. bottom line, i am still in pain on a daily basis and unable to do all the things i once did. at my follow up visit to the spine doc last week, she recommened trying a second injection. i do not feel very optimistic about it, but am even more terrified of surgery... so, i'll give it another shot (um, no pun intended...hee).

    ok, sorry this got so long. i guess i have more need to vent than i realized! this has been a most frustrating period of my life. i am so upset and depressed and strangely resentful of my own body for letting me down! does that sound crazy? i have learned a lot from reading these boards, and feel comfort hanging out here even tho this is my first post on the back board!

    hang in there. hope you get better soon.

    lisa4mac: what is the seat cushion you're using? i sit at work all day too and it is absolute murder for me! i have been trying to find something that might help and am interested in what you're using!

     
    Old 03-04-2006, 02:22 PM   #8
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    Hey guys.. WOW, I am so surprised that so man ypeople responded to me!! Thank you! Well I am waiting to see what my obgyn says, because I will admit the constant pain I've been having more recently and consistently, is slightly different from the "monthly cycle" pain. I have noticed that I took a dy off of working out and spent that day stretching thoroughly in the morning and evening. And WOW what a difference that made!! I am going to def. focus on stretching, because I think a portion of this may be due to the tightness in the back of my leg muscles. Causing a strain in my lower back etc. I've been told by other people physical therapists, trainers, that my legs are "very tight." So.. that's one step in the right direction.. I'll keep you posted if I learn anything knew about the obgyn. I really appreciate all your input...as I hope to avoid anymore serious isses... I will say my sister has dealt with lower back issues and does have some genetic disc issue, but I can't recall the specific name. So it could be orientated around that also. Just not sure... thanks again!! Hope all of you find a good resolution to your own back issues.. its such a awful thing to have problems with!

     
    Old 03-05-2006, 09:25 PM   #9
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    Hey, Ladies: Sorry to hear what you are going through, but I find some solace in knowing that I am in your club. I, too, had the same symptoms. It started with pain in my hip about a year and a half ago that was really annoying. It went away after a month or two so I thought it was bursitis or something like that. Then I had what I can only think of as a "sciatica" attack for a few days. It went away too. Then my lower back started hurting above my tailbone shortly therafter....but it didn't stop hurting. Then my legs....then the tops of my feet and my big toes. Long story shorter, I have a large central herniation at L5-S1 (it was just a bulge before I was in a stupid accident a few months ago) and I tried everything, including 3 epidural shots. I hear they work for some but they didn't last too long for me.

    The WORST part is sitting all day at work. I wanted to chime in that I bought a kneeling chair and it did help some. You can find them on line or in places like Staples or Office Max I think. Also, for the leg pain I have gotten Lidoderm patches. They're a topical anesthetic and pretty helpful. They are very expensive, but if you have insurance it might be worthwhile to ask for them. I put them on my back or my legs and can wear one or two at a time. Three is the limit, but when I tried three I had side effects like blurred vision.

    For sleeping, lying on your stomach is good if it helps or on your back with your legs propped on pillows.

    Bullun -- good look finding out what's wrong and I hope that it's nothing serious.

    Sandin -- I wonder all the time why this happened to me but haven't gotten any answers! My grandma had osteoporosis and my mom also has problems so I guess there is the genetic element. I am only 37 though and had my first experience with disc problems at 29 and a surgery at 30. It doesn't seem right! Nerve pain is really a drag and I often feel like an animal in a trap that wants to chew it's leg off to get away.

    Thanks to all for posting. I also thought I had period-related back pain for ages. Thank heavens for these boards!

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    Old 03-08-2006, 06:39 AM   #10
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    Thanks for your support. Doctors visit is today. But its actually to see my ob/gyn. SO we'll see if anything pans out there.

    I've been stretching and resting from the work outs. I did go in today.. the only real change I notice is that, my back is loosening up and is MUCH better. However, sitting for long periods my hip joints are throbbing with pain now. AH I can not win!

     
    Old 03-08-2006, 11:00 AM   #11
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    Well saw my doctor, but this was a gynecologist so I got the blow-off pretty much when it came to all my menstrual irregularities. Anyhow.. hopefully rest from workouts will heal the other issues.

     
    Old 03-08-2006, 12:05 PM   #12
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    If you continue to have menstrual problems, consider seeing an endocrinologist for a TRH test...not TSH. You'd be absolutely amazed how many "female" problems are caused by a thyroid condition. Low thyroid can also cause aches and pains along with weight gain or trouble loosing weight, memory problems, dry skin, fatigue, etc...

     
    Old 03-08-2006, 06:16 PM   #13
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    Oh I've read plenty about them.. but I think you have tgo be referred to see an endo, and I pretty sure I can't convince any doctor to do that. Alas.. I'll live with it I guess.

     
    Old 03-10-2006, 12:53 PM   #14
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    Re: lower back pain,miserable

    Hello there!
    I'm new here, but have been checking out anything connected to the back and legs. When I just read your posting, I wanted to respond and tell you that if there is something you think might help with finding an answer, suggest it to you doctor and see what he/she says.

    Some time ago I complained of similar symptoms to my doctor and asked if he would humor me and could I have any x-rays or something that would find out if perhaps there was something going on with disks or something. If your pain is getting worse, and the condition seems to warrant it - doctors will hear what you are worrying about.

    It doesn't hurt to ask. It's better than jumping to wrong conclusions.
    Just don't wait any longer to at least see if something else, like the back, checks out.

    Praying for relief of your pain.
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    Old 03-05-2011, 07:28 PM   #15
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    hi I feel for you I realy do , i too have the same problems , and have been in pain for nearly 2 years , just this week i have finaly got some answer and am having surgery in 3 weeks I have damaged discs L4 to L9 and S4 to S8 .

    There is no quick fix to back pain and as everyone has already said reduce your exersice down to walking or swimming till you know whats wrong, try to control your diet too ( i put on 3 1\2 stone ) .
    I was TRaining to be a sport choach at the time and even now i still get upset when i cant do the exersice i once did , im at the point were i cant look after my children just getting out of a chair is unbearble pain , and now wait ing to have a pain trap put in to my lower back for 6 months till i have a disc fusion opp.
    Please go and see you doctor and get a mri done asap ,
    you are not alone in this im all ways here even if i cant give the answers you need i can chat as they say a problem shared is a problem solved

    hope to here from you soon
    take care
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