Discussions By Condition: Back conditions

Excruciating back pain comes and goes...input please

Posted In: Back conditions 2 Replies
  • Posted By: AnnShh
  • March 8, 2011
  • 11:51 AM

For the past year I have experienced excruciating back pain that randomly occurs when bending or twisting. There is no pattern to why it happens other than I bend or twist in some way. I get a very sharp shooting pain in my lower to mid back, usually towards the right side. Pain would be so sudden and so*bad that I end up on the floor unable to sit or stand up without excruciating pain. Once I lay down for a bit it used to go away and I'd be fine.

Recently, however, it has gotten worse and occurs more frequently. It happened 3 times last week alone and the pain was horrible. I couldn't sit or stand up... any slight movement of my back would result in pain. Pain subsided after taking the medicine prescribed to me after the first incident last week but my back would be sore for a day or two after and in one case, felt bruised.

There has been no numbness or tingling anywhere.


Tests done to check my kidneys came back normal. Xrays also came back normal. One doctor said its probably nothing to be concerned about. The next doctor is concerned and is trying to figure out what this is. An MRI is next.


I am in ROTC and the doctor doesn't want me to train until we know what's going on... but I can't keep going to my captain with instructions not to PT if we can't figure out what's going on.


Any input/ideas/suggestions on what to look into or what it could be?

Reply Flag this Discussion

2 Replies:

  • For the past year I have experienced excruciating back pain that randomly occurs when bending or twisting. There is no pattern to why it happens other than I bend or twist in some way. I get a very sharp shooting pain in my lower to mid back, usually towards the right side. Pain would be so sudden and so*bad that I end up on the floor unable to sit or stand up without excruciating pain. Once I lay down for a bit it used to go away and I'd be fine.Recently, however, it has gotten worse and occurs more frequently. It happened 3 times last week alone and the pain was horrible. I couldn't sit or stand up... any slight movement of my back would result in pain. Pain subsided after taking the medicine prescribed to me after the first incident last week but my back would be sore for a day or two after and in one case, felt bruised.There has been no numbness or tingling anywhere.Tests done to check my kidneys came back normal. Xrays also came back normal. One doctor said its probably nothing to be concerned about. The next doctor is concerned and is trying to figure out what this is. An MRI is next.I am in ROTC and the doctor doesn't want me to train until we know what's going on... but I can't keep going to my captain with instructions not to PT if we can't figure out what's going on.Any input/ideas/suggestions on what to look into or what it could be?I don't have any medical training, but it sounds a little like spinal arthritis. Do you know if you have fevers while these episodes occur? If I were you, I'd go and read as much as I could. You will find the answer eventually. Try this web site, http://www.northwestspineclinic.com/resources/common-conditionsThat's where I read about spinal arthritis. What makes me think it may be this disease from which you are suffering, is the twisting and bending pain. I sincerely hope that you don't have arthritis, especially since you sound so young (the ROTC gave it away). Good luck in finding back pain relief. Lucy
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • HiI have had the same thing happen to me in the past. I went to a chiropractor and he helped me with this. I would suggest you look into chiropractics and let them see if they can help you.
    Charles61 3 Replies
    • August 27, 2011
    • 02:59 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.