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lower back pain help

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  • Posted By: backpain
  • February 13, 2008
  • 04:34 PM

Hey all, I've been having lower back pain for about 6 months now. It is constant. I am 27 years old. I have been to an orthapedic surgeon had x-rays, mri, ct scan. He says there is nothing wrong there. Only a slight disc wear. He said it was normal for my age. He said I would have to learn to live with a certain amount of pain. That's not o.k. with me and the pain seems to be a lot in my lower back muscles. I stretch a lot and that brings some relief kind of. But over all it hurts all the time. I constantly pop my spine, as it feels like I constantly need to. I have been to physical therapy for 2 1/2 months and it didn't really help anything. I use to do a lot of powerlifting when I was a teenager, but the doctor says everything looks o.k.. I have been doing core strength exercises to increase stablility. I sit a lot at work and that doesn't help anything. I sleep as recommended, on my side pillow between knees legs bent. This doesn't really help either. I drink plenty of water. Any suggestions?

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  • At 27 your spine should not really be showing any signs of wear, however it is not uncommon, or necessarily the cause of any problems, post your MRI x ray and CT scans results if you have them and fell like it. Another recommended sleeping position is on your back with pillow under your knees. Does your spine feel stiff? you could try a chiropractor but i hesitate to say this as they cant always help and you would need to find a good one.Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2008
    • 06:53 AM
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  • I don't have my mri or ct scans. I've tried sleeping on my back, pillow under knees, but that doesn't seem to help either. It seems as if my lower back muscles are really tight and kind of cause spinal pain because of it. I tried a stretching routine, core strengthening. This doesn't seem to help. I have to pop my back constantly and I always feel like I need to bend over to give my lower back some relief. I have been to physical therapy and that was a joke. So, i know it's a vague problem, but any suggestions are welcome. I can't stand it anymore.
    backpain 2 Replies
    • February 26, 2008
    • 09:11 PM
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  • I have also found PT useless your problem does not sound all that vague your symptoms are quite common they could be due to mild scoliosis your back muscles may be tightening to prevent the scoliosis from worsening. do you find that your shoulders are unlevel ? or you pelvis and spine feel slightly out of whack? again i would suggest a chiropractor but take care you will need a quality therapist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2008
    • 08:05 AM
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  • I suggest trying acupuncture over chiropractic - acupuncture can really help. Visit www.acufinder.com or www.nccaom.org to find a qualified practitioner near you. Please try acupuncture - it works! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 27, 2008
    • 03:14 PM
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  • @oscar: Yeah, my back always feels out of whack. I have been to a chiropractor, but I can't afford to go a lot, as I have to pay for it myself. My hamstrings are really tight all the time. It's been this way since I was a kid. I heard from a chiropractor that this can cause a lot of lower back pain, so I'm stretching daily. They say it takes about a month to three months to make a big difference. So I'll see. I never thought about accupuncture would this really do anything to correct the problem or would it just help the pain. I would like to fix the source of the problem.
    backpain 2 Replies
    • February 28, 2008
    • 02:38 PM
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  • @oscar: Yeah, my back always feels out of whack. I have been to a chiropractor, but I can't afford to go a lot, as I have to pay for it myself. My hamstrings are really tight all the time. It's been this way since I was a kid. I heard from a chiropractor that this can cause a lot of lower back pain, so I'm stretching daily. They say it takes about a month to three months to make a big difference. So I'll see. I never thought about accupuncture would this really do anything to correct the problem or would it just help the pain. I would like to fix the source of the problem. Acupuncture will help correct the problem. It helps with pain, but that is just one part - it helps promote healing of the tissues and joints. This is the difference between chiro and acupuncture and I really feel it is superior for certain things. If you have never tried it please do - you will most likely be amazed at how great it feels! Visit www.nccaom.org or www.acufinder.com to find practititoners near you. Best wishesDOM
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  • Did the chiropractic help at all, going now and then is not much good if you still have some kind of abnormal curvature of the spine it will probably return i am not saying that his is nessessarily your problem if chiro is going to help you should feel improvement pretty quickly and you should be certain of it. I would be wary of chiros that ask say you have to see them twice a week for a year. Many doctors say that back pain is most often a symptom of an underlying problem like ruptured disks or a dysfunctional spine. Your hamstrings could be tight from a back condition or they could be contributing to your back problems either one can cause the other. i reckon the stretching is a good idea. As far as acupuncture goes as with any treatment their are various studies arguing for and against. There are some studies that show it is as effective as most traditional western treatments but then most western medical treatments are not terribly effective studies seem to indicate that it is most effective in reducing pain some doctors would like to integrate it into conventional practice and they would like more study done on it to try to identify when and in what patients it is likely to be helpful its up to you i have tried it and found it to be soothing but it resulted in no real functional improvement
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  • Did the chiropractic help at all, going now and then is not much good if you still have some kind of abnormal curvature of the spine it will probably return i am not saying that his is nessessarily your problem if chiro is going to help you should feel improvement pretty quickly and you should be certain of it. I would be wary of chiros that ask say you have to see them twice a week for a year. Many doctors say that back pain is most often a symptom of an underlying problem like ruptured disks or a dysfunctional spine. Your hamstrings could be tight from a back condition or they could be contributing to your back problems either one can cause the other. i reckon the stretching is a good idea. As far as acupuncture goes as with any treatment their are various studies arguing for and against. There are some studies that show it is as effective as most traditional western treatments but then most western medical treatments are not terribly effective studies seem to indicate that it is most effective in reducing pain some doctors would like to integrate it into conventional practice and they would like more study done on it to try to identify when and in what patients it is likely to be helpful its up to you i have tried it and found it to be soothing but it resulted in no real functional improvement Oscar, this form of medicine has been successfully used in China for over 3,000 years! Just because it is difficult to do Western double blind, placebo controlled studies on acupuncture does NOT mean it is ineffective...sorry, you have just got to try it and see for yourself. Please educate yourself on the benefits of Chinese medicine by visiting www.acufinder.com or www.nccaom.org. It is WAY more effective than Western conventional pain management. Best wishesDOM
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