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Lower Back Pain--- 7,000 miles away from the US

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 23, 2009
  • 11:46 AM

Over the past 4 month I have had a growing issue with lower back pain. It started before I went to Iraq. Before shipping off I spent a few nights sleeping in my car while on the phone with my wife. I thought maybe because I slept at an incline this might have been a reason for the pain--- but I am almost positive it isn’t a spinal issue.
The pain is intermittent and when I move a certain way such as putting on my shoes or stand from a sitting position my lower back spasms. It almost drops me to my knees every time. But this only happens once every few days but when I am inflamed the spasms seem to trigger through out the day.
I am in the military so when I go to anyone with an issue I just get a slap on the shoulder and a war yell and only once did someone attempt to 'set' my back when I was near civilization.. And this only irritated the problem.
I am concerned because the pain is increasing as time goes on and during the 'bad' days I can hardly lift my own pack from the dirt. I am guessing this is a muscle issue but all the common stretches don’t seem to target the right area.
The pain is in an area of about a tea plate and about 5 inches above my tail bone... right above the back of my hips. There is not shooting pain or anything of the sort. It just feels like a knife going into my back. If there is anything you could think of I would appreciate it. I have another 3 months before I come home.

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