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Lower Back Pain/Spasms

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  • Posted By: invisiblekid
  • February 19, 2007
  • 08:36 PM

Hi All,

I'm sure this topic has been done to death, but I can't find a topic with the exact same symptoms. Maybe someone can help me out.

A little backgroud. I had Perthes disease as a child in my left hip and also a ACL reconstruction in my right knee.

I was dead lifting (similar to lifting a heavy box from the ground) using my legs to lift and a straight back. I felt a sudden pain in my right lower back. I stopped an went home.

8 months on and I still have the same symptoms which are:
Stiffness and pain in my lower back when leaning forward or after sitting or walking for a period of time
Pain around my hip and down my leg to my lower quad (right side)
Pain sometimes along my groin (right side)
Lower Back spasms
Very tense muscles in my lower back
The main source of the pain is just above my right glute.

I know this sounds like Sciatica (but these are the symptoms, I want to know the cause). What is causing the pressure on the sciatic nerve or is it something else causing the pain and problems? Discs, muscles, ligaments?

I've seen a Chiropractor who has helped relieve some pain and tenseness, but hasn't given me a diagnosis. Nor has a doctor. I had X-rays taken yesterday and get the results next week - I don't believe they will show much and will hold out for an MRI.

I'm only 25 years old. Any opinions would be much appreciated.

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  • Yes, it sounds like sciatica, but there may also be some other cause of your back problems. Sciatica is a condition when a herniated or ruptured disc presses on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves in the body. When the sciatic nerve is pinched, or inflamed, pain may radiate along the length of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica occurs in about 5% of people with back pain. Some people seem to be prone to it and it usually affects only one side. For causes of back pain try these links:Symptom: Back pain Low back pain causes and risk factors
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    • February 28, 2007
    • 02:04 PM
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