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post #1 of 26 Old 03-16-2014, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Back issues, any ideas?

About a month or 2 ago, I hurt my back.. I have tried almost everything. Heating pad, ice, pain killers, sitting, walking, laying down. It is my lower back that gets really bad, but my whole back sometimes hurts SO bad. The doc thinks I have a lumbar sacral strain..
Anyone know how to relieve the pain? Thanks, Elena :)

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post #2 of 26 Old 03-16-2014, 07:14 PM
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You need to talk with a chiroprator. It's way too easy for us to give you terrible advice.
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You need to talk with a chiroprator. It's way too easy for us to give you terrible advice.
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I have gone to one, but it has not helped at all.. :/

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I have gone to one, but it has not helped at all.. :/
You'll have to keep going and give feedback or try a different one. Ask for X-rays. It could even be a nerve issue.
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I recommend going to a physio/ chiro. Try to get a referral to one from a doctor.

A physio will try to manipulate whatever is wrong back into place and give you exercises that will relieve pain and strengthen the muscles again.
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Have you been to an orthopedist or just your primary? You can get X-rays but they won't show nerve issues. Would need an MRI for that. Assuming you aren't having any deficits indicative of nerve involvement (numbness, tingling, burning pains that shoot somewhere else) or they would have done one right away to CYA. If it is a muscular strain a chiro won't do anything, as you stated. Unfortunately muscular injuries are a b* to heal, esp neck/back inj. The biggest thing is to let them rest and then rebuild them properly. Over an awful long period of time, be patient. :( Posture and leg/ab muscles are your key players there.. If your core is weak, your back has to compensate. Lumbar injury is so common because there's no support (rib cage) to further stabilize when having to compensate or twist/turn. Once you've hurt it, you're much more susceptible to re-injury..

If you haven't been to an orthopedist, go see one. Or if you have, go back! Living that way is miserable, please don't settle. Get into physical therapy if they think it's a good option for you. Ask about massage and ultrasound therapy too. Muscle relaxers with NSAID (ibuprofen, Tylenol, aleve- whatever works best for you) can help short term for pain to rebuild and then be kept handy for bad days if your ortho thinks it's a good option for you.

It's a vicious cycle if left alone. The muscle tension is effecting the nerves, which can permanently damage them and cause chronic pain. The pain will be miserable, and heavy NSAID/pain med use trying to manage it will demolish your liver.
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Try crawling on your hands and knees in a straight line as far as possible, making gentle turnarounds and do this for 10 minutes twice a day.

Yes, I know it sounds silly..... but is works for me and was recommended by a chiropractor (my father) 40 years ago and has helped many times over the years

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Have you been to an orthopedist or just your primary? You can get X-rays but they won't show nerve issues. Would need an MRI for that.
Unfortunately muscular injuries are a b* to heal, esp neck/back inj. The biggest thing is to let them rest and then rebuild them properly. Over an awful long period of time, be patient. :( If your core is weak, your back has to compensate. Lumbar injury is so common because there's no support (rib cage) to further stabilize when having to compensate or twist/turn. Once you've hurt it, you're much more susceptible to re-injury..



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My primary doctor was not able to see me for at least a month, so I went to a different one. But then I went to a different one because it got really bad again. I am going to start PT this week. Then, next month I go back to the doctor, and maybe get an MRI. :/ When I went to the doctor, I got X-rays to see if I had fractured it, but I was not. (thank goodness!)

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Hey SP, I got a back injury at 21 riding a horse someone wanted me to fix. It suddenly bucked at a trot just as I was coming down (posting), and wham! GPs could never tell me what exactly the problem was, it took months to heal and then recurred to a greater or lesser degree whenever I lifted something slightly wrong or turned wrong (when it happens badly my entire lumbar curve will be straightened out with painful muscle spasms). A chiropractor with a super understanding of back anatomy said he sees my injury in BMX and Dirt Bike riders and what happened is that the ligaments that attach my spine to my pelvis stretched in my accident, making me prone to back strain. For me it's mostly prevention - Pilates classes are great for reducing future problems, once you're healed up from whatever you have and OK to do something like that. Pilates is just so super for strengthening core muscles and maintaining flexibility, and means I can go years now without a relapse.

Hope you feel better soon. Vitamin C and E is useful in healing muscle. Whether or not your primary problem is originally muscular, back problems always end up involving the muscles in some way.
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Hey SP, I got a back injury at 21 riding a horse someone wanted me to fix. It suddenly bucked at a trot just as I was coming down (posting), and wham! GPs could never tell me what exactly the problem was, it took months to heal and then recurred to a greater or lesser degree whenever I lifted something slightly wrong or turned wrong (when it happens badly my entire lumbar curve will be straightened out with painful muscle spasms). A chiropractor with a super understanding of back anatomy said he sees my injury in BMX and Dirt Bike riders and what happened is that the ligaments that attach my spine to my pelvis stretched in my accident, making me prone to back strain. For me it's mostly prevention - Pilates classes are great for reducing future problems, once you're healed up from whatever you have and OK to do something like that. Pilates is just so super for strengthening core muscles and maintaining flexibility, and means I can go years now without a relapse.

Hope you feel better soon. Vitamin C and E is useful in healing muscle. Whether or not your primary problem is originally muscular, back problems always end up involving the muscles in some way.
The same thing happened to me when I first started riding my horse 3 years ago but I came off and landed on my lower back and every time I have cantered after that my lower back hurts.
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