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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 29, 2009
  • 02:48 PM

I am a 14 year old girl with persistent lower lumbar pain. It has been going on for the past six months but I only went to my GP recently. He told me that I was having muscle spasms in my back and that I have very limited leg movement. I was prescribed diclofenac sodium tablets to take down inflammation and to relieve the pain. I have been referred to an orthopoedic specialist for further tests. But, I'm a bit nervous. I want to know what tests I should expect and any further treatment possibilities.
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  • I am a 14 year old girl with persistent lower lumbar pain. It has been going on for the past six months but I only went to my GP recently. He told me that I was having muscle spasms in my back and that I have very limited leg movement. I was prescribed diclofenac sodium tablets to take down inflammation and to relieve the pain. I have been referred to an orthopoedic specialist for further tests. But, I'm a bit nervous. I want to know what tests I should expect and any further treatment possibilities.Thank YouHi shiny_silver_scarf,My sympathies to you. Back pain can be a pretty debilitating thing.Did you sustain a back injury in the past? Also, did your GP do any x-rays...or mention scoliosis?I would think that you can expect additional x-rays and possibly a CT scan and/or MRI. The Ortho doc may also do more extensive range-of-motion assessment on your legs.The diclofenac sodium (Voltaren) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAID's can be tough on your stomach so be sure to take it with food or milk. Your GP noted "muscle spasms" which sometimes respond better to a muscle relaxant drug such as cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride (Flexeril) or methocarbamol (Robaxin). If you're not getting good results from the Voltaren, it wouldn't hurt (pardon the pun) to ask the Ortho doc if a muscle relaxant might be more effective.Moist heat, either via hot packs or soaks in the tub, can also help.I hope you feel better soon. Keep us apprised of the Ortho doc's findings.Be well!! John
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  • hi johnMac,in answer to your question, no i have not had any previous back injury. The hospital appointment may not come through for a while. The tablets have made me feel sick and as a result I have to stop taking them but my back hurts because I cant take the tablets. Any help?
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  • hi johnMac,in answer to your question, no i have not had any previous back injury. The hospital appointment may not come through for a while. The tablets have made me feel sick and as a result I have to stop taking them but my back hurts because I cant take the tablets. Any help?Hi again shiny_silver_scarf,If "the hospital appointment may not come through for a while" it sounds like you're left swaying in the breeze, if you will. Is there a possibility that you can contact your doc and ask for an alternative muscle relaxant med. If not, my best recommendation is that you try the Voltaren again...but definitely on a FULL stomach to decrease GI upset.No mention of scoliosis in the past?Regards,John
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  • hi jonMac, no, there has been no mention of scoliosis. i still have not had n e word from the hospital yet either.
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  • the tablets that i wer taking made me feel realli sick. I took a day off school and seemed fine the next day so i returned to school. then, unexpectedly, that night, I woke up and began to vomit. Through the night, i continued to vomit and i am now confined to bed as i can't even sit up without feeling sick again. Now the vomiting has stopped but when i move i have severe wretching. Because i am sick, i had to stop taking my tablets and now my back is excruciatingly painful again. Is there any way i can stop this pain?
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  • is there any tests that they will probabli perform on me? im realli nervous just incase something is realli wrong. i need to be prepared and i dnt realli kno wat to xpect.
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  • is there any tests that they will probabli perform on me? im realli nervous just incase something is realli wrong. i need to be prepared and i dnt realli kno wat to xpect.Hi again shiny_silver_scarf,I'm very sorry that you are having the nausea/vomiting AND still have the severe back pain. That's a miserable combination!The tests are likely more x-rays, CT/MRI of your back...leg ROM measurements. Is the pain confined to your lower back or does it travel down your legs?Best regards,John
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  • hi,the pain starts in my lower back and when the muscle spasms happen, the pain shoots up my spine. sometimes it goes down my legs bt nt often. wen i first went to my GP he said that my leg ROM was veri limited. any suggestions why?
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  • i dnt know if this is relevant but I have started experiencing sharp, stabbing pains in my chest on the left hand side. The pain comes and goes and is accompanied by a slighlty elevated pulse rate. Sometimes it is slightly around my side but it is at the front too. I don't know if this is related to my back pain or not. The pain only started recently but it gets so bad at night that it keeps me awake. There is still no letter from the hospital yet either.
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  • I had 2 back surgerys. It had the same disc blown out twice, each time they removed a bit more of my disc. If pain is radiating down one leg, it sounds like to me you have a herniated or fully extruded disc. An MRI and a good neorosurgen will correct it. It is VERY painfull. I also lost ROM in my left leg. DONT WAIT!! if your dr. is making you wait look for another. I waited 6 months and permanent damadge has been done to the siatic nerve. I also do not like to take pills, and have a very, very sensitive stomach, I found pain relief from a chiropractor, and went to him 3 times a week, pain relief was brief but it was better then suffering. Good luck...and look in the yellow pages for another DR. and make it a neurosurgen.Joanne
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  • hi,the pain starts in my lower back and when the muscle spasms happen, the pain shoots up my spine. sometimes it goes down my legs bt nt often. wen i first went to my GP he said that my leg ROM was veri limited. any suggestions why?Hi again shiny_silver_scarf,Muscle tightness/spasms is likely the main cause of the decreased/limited ROM in your legs. A good exercise that may help loosen those lower back muscles: lay flat on your back with your legs bent, knees up, and your feet flat on the bed. Now slowly, flex from your hip and bring one knee up toward your chest as far as you can without severe pain, wrap your arms around your lower leg below your knee and hold your leg in that position for a 5 count...putting a stretch on those back muscles. Repeat with your other leg. Start out with 5 reps each leg if you can, two or three time daily. Increase it gradually to 10 reps each leg. Let pain be your guide...if you can get only a small degree of muscle stretch at first that's fine. If you stay with it, you'll likely see a bit more stretch each day. This will gradually loosen those strong lower back muscles which should help improve your ROM, especially hip flexion.Are you still taking something for pain? When you last saw your GP did either you or he speak about a trial of a muscle relaxant medication? Back on 04/03/09 you said "i am now confined to bed as i can't even sit up without feeling sick again." I hope that you're able to be up and about now...at least somewhat. Are you back in school? As uncomfortable as moving around can be with lower back pain, it's important to be as active as you can. Just walking is actually one of the best "loosening exercises" for your back.Massage is another very helpful "tool" to help relax back muscles and decrease pain/spasm. The link below is to an instructional video clip on lower back massage. Maybe you could ask your Mom and/or Dad (or sister, brother, good friend, etc.) to watch it with you and perhaps they might be able to do some massage for you.http://www.5min.com/Video/Back-Pain-Massage-12431Perhaps also you could ask your GP to prescribe massage from a professional Massage Therapist.i dnt know if this is relevant but I have started experiencing sharp, stabbing pains in my chest on the left hand side. The pain comes and goes and is accompanied by a slighlty elevated pulse rate. Sometimes it is slightly around my side but it is at the front too. I don't know if this is related to my back pain or not. The pain only started recently but it gets so bad at night that it keeps me awake. There is still no letter from the hospital yet either.I think that it's VERY likely that the chest pain and elevated pulse are signs of increased anxiety that you, not surprisingly, are experiencing regarding the uncertainty of your back status/treatment. How long do the painful episodes last and do you also feel your respirations increase during them? Anxiety can definitely also CONTIBUTE to your back pain/spasms...in fact, for some people anxiety is actually the CAUSE of back problems. It's kind of a paradox in that not only can back problems increase anxiety, they can also be a direct result of anxiety. (Nothing's simple, is it! LOL)Naturally, not hearing from the hospital will certainly also increase your anxiety.Here's a very comprehensive list of the many physical symptoms and manifestations of anxiety:http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtmlPlease keep us informed of your progress, shiny_silver_scarf!Best,John
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  • yes i have been back at school for a while now. The chest pain does not seem to be related to anxiety because it usually happens when I am actually quite relaxed, for example, when I'm trying to go to sleep. They might last for about a minute or so and then they will stop. I'm not overly anxious anyway. My friends at school are actually more worried about the hospital not writing back than I am. I went swimming today to see of that would help. I was fine when I was in the pool but whenever I got out, my back cramped up quite bad. Just thought you would like to know.
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  • jst so u no, i nw hav my hospital appointment bt it is not for five weeks. im beginnin to get pins and needles in my **m n dwn my left leg too.
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  • jst so u no, i nw hav my hospital appointment bt it is not for five weeks. im beginnin to get pins and needles in my **m n dwn my left leg too.Hi my friend, shiny_silver_scarf!Don't YOU just HATE when YOUR **m falls asleep...zzzz...zzzz. I keep thinking about all that MY "**m" has missed out on over all the years...the chance to be the TOTAL main **m on campus...DEFINITELY VERY cool (but NOT me!!)...being the prom "**m"...(you young pretty things SURELY have a more MODERN name for that!!)...AND.......a whole lot of poop/crap/s%&t!...but pretty much the exact same stuff that ALL of rest of us mere peons had to endure since time eternal (including "comatose buns"!!). REMEMBER...you ARE NOT alone!!"And...what are YOU SAYING, shiny_silver_scarf?? NO future "**m" communications??? Now, really ...just HOW could I possibly keep up with what's happening WITHOUT my faithful "**m" reporter??ARRGHHHHHH...what's a dedicated pirate to do???Probably this, shiny_silver_scarf...1.) Advise you in the most sincere way that I know to: TAKE IT SLOW AND VERY EEEEASY!!2.) Ask you...where are YOU at right now? Not vomiting...not in any chest pain...totally relaxed and paying extra close attention to the exciting world of the Internet?? Your world is OK, at least temporarily? You're itching to lose the "being sick" logo?Come back and tell me more about your left leg...and your buns...I just love a "numbing" subject!!All the best shiny_silver_scarf, my friend!!!Peace,John<
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  • my daddy has a cousin who is a physiotherapist and my daddy rang him to ask him what to do as i seem to be gettin slightly worse. my daddys cousin said to get my appointment pushed forward to get seen sooner. im realli worried now because he wouldnt tell me to get it pushed forward for no reason.
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  • my daddy has a cousin who is a physiotherapist and my daddy rang him to ask him what to do as i seem to be gettin slightly worse. my daddys cousin said to get my appointment pushed forward to get seen sooner. im realli worried now because he wouldnt tell me to get it pushed forward for no reason.Hi shiny_silver_scarf,I think that it's a simple matter of your cousin taking your Dad's opinion that you are "getting slightly worse" and giving a very logical and sensible suggestion...to have your Doc see you sooner, if possible.What are your particular symptoms now that seem to be worsening?Best,John<
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  • my hips get really sore when i walk now and sometimes when i am sitting or lying down now
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  • my hip pain is intermittent and it gets really bad if i stand up the wrong way. sometimes it occurs just because of the way i stand up. my legs can sometimes be realli painful, throbbing and aching so much it makes me cry. At night, it is not necessarily sore but it is just uncomfortable. It got so bad the other night that I couldnt walk. I went to the gp in the morning and was immediatley sent for xrays in the event that it was SUFE causing my pain. that was ruled out and the xrays were fine. however, i stil hav to wait on my orthopaedic appointment. my pain is intermittent and im realli afraid that if i go to the hospital and nothing shows up on my tests and i am discharged, that the pain wil;l start again whenever i leave. Because the pain is intermittent, a physical exam does not always cause pain and therefore, they think that nothing is wrong with me. I am not making it up. I used to be veri active and i loved doin sport but because this thing that is wrong with me is so unpredictable, i can't do sport n e more. if the tests do not show up anything, will the doctors think I am faking? last halloween when i was admitted to hospital for abdominal pain, tests did not show anything wrong with me and if these tests show nothing wrong with me, people will probabli think i am faking. bt im nt. watever is wrong with me flares up realli bad from time to time. if it is a trapped nerve, would that explain my symptoms? the sharp hip pain and throbbing legs? do trapped nerves require scans to diagnose?
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  • will someone please answer me? i need to know what to expect before i go to the hospital. is a scan required to diagnose a trapped nerve?
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  • i have been sent for physiotherapy and i will be sent for an mri if things don't improve. i dont think that the doctor looked into my hip pain as much as he should have. he was very abrupt with me. my cousin is going to do my physio for me and i jst want to know what could be causing lower back spasms AND hip pain, buttock tingling, foot tingling and intermittent lost of sensation in the feet. the doctor said that he would be surprised if anything was wrong with me. i dnt like living like this. he did not make me feel looked after at all. he made me feel lyk i was jst an inconvenience to him and that i shouldnt have been sent near him!
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