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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:11:23 PM
I guess I should be asking who doesn't have them because we do all scrap so I'm pretty sure everyone has them here!

But I'm in desperate need of a solution for some relief. I'm only 24 and I've been having back pain since I was 20. It goes on and off but today it really hit me to the point where I was bedridden. I've been prescribed anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, PT but still here I am.

Anyone else have issues or things that work for a temporary fix or more? Thanks peas!


Update: I went to Urgent care this week and was referred to some orthopedic doctors where I'll have to have an MRI done. From the xrays they took at the UC I have a bulging disc which is treatable. Thats where the orthopedic dr will come into play. I'm just waiting to see which one is covered and in my area so hopefully I'll find that out soon. But I've been using a heating pad for now (I was told ice is bad for my situation by the UC) and the UC dr gave me a low low loooow dose of Valium. (I told him that I have a bad history with pain killers and that the last muscle relaxer I took made me feel like jello and completely knocked me out for a full 9+ hours every time I took it.) I guess the Valium works as a muscle relaxer too. We will see, but on my way to recovery thats for sure. Thanks all you peas for the help!



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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:25:14 PM
I have 2 ruptured discs and one torn one and not even a good story to explain them.

They are not surgical but i have a lot of pain and numbness. I have tried all kinds of treatments but right now what is helping the most is large doses of B12 and a therapeutic massage every two weeks. It helps to keep the muscle spasms down and makes it livable. I'm not taking any pain meds anymore and I was on them every 4-6 hours.

Good luck. Back problems suck.



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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:47:39 PM
I have horrific back pain as a result of diastasis and I wear I back brace 99% of the time if I'm awake. It has been the only form of consistent relief that I've felt since my last was born.

Chiropractic did help too but because the pain is a result of muscles, not bone, relief was always temporary.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:52:20 PM
Have you had an MRI yet to find out what is actually causing your pain? Seriously, you shouldn't be experiencing this at 24. You've got a lot of life to live and you don't want to spend it in pain. If you haven't seen an orthopedic spine specialist yet, please do. You can't fix a problem until you know what that problem is. Some back problems can be made worse by chiropractors, so see a orthopedic specialist.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:57:24 PM
I have slight scoliosis that sometimes causes pretty sever back pain. I do stretches and that helps some.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:03:14 PM

Have you had an MRI yet to find out what is actually causing your pain?


I've never been able to afford an MRI but I've had x-rays which show I have arthritis on my L1 - S5, and I've been told that for years now that I shouldn't have this kind pain. I used to be a dancer since I was 3 so I've heard everything in the book about how that probably had something to do with it but honestly I don't care what caused it anymore I care about fixing it. I've never done chiropractics but I've gone through physical therapy and at home care (stretching, etc.) I also have a mini back massager now that helps sometimes but not tonight. I'll have to look in my area for a good massage. I'm new to my state so I don't even know where my Dr. is yet.

I'll try the B12 though scoobers, thats one I don't take.

Thanks peas, may your pain get relief!



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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:05:14 PM
Do you have kids?

My epidural site gives me constant trouble. My first was emergency and I was told they damaged the surrounding muscle. It doesn't have time to heal because it is right at my pivot point for bending and twisting.


Just an idea if you have kids.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:06:11 PM
Chiropractor maybe?


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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:04:30 PM
No kids yet but in the near future yes and I know back issues are going to be a big problem when that happens. Ill keep the epidural info in mind though. Thanks!


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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:12:35 PM
I have 2 herniated and one surgically repaired disk. I have a routine of stretches I do to keep me moving. After years, and years of physical therapy I know what works for me.

Basically, I use a combo of "The Mackenzie Method" (google it) and a scoliosis strengthening routine which I have no idea how to explain other than it is little, tiny movements in isolated areas of my back. If you can find a handout where they use two broom stick like sticks, I do that as well. Sorry I can't explain it better.

I hope you find something that helps!!

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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:30:30 PM
I fell off of a plane in the USAF when I was 18. No, it was not in the air and yes, I get asked that ALL of the time!!! It is actually sad. Please do whatever you have to to get your back fixed. Unfortunately, they could not fix my back at that time and due to the degeneration it cannot be done now, either.

Back injuries cause so very many things within your body and if left untreated, it is debilitating. Please get checked out.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:33:08 PM
Today I went to a spine specialist after 18 months of not being able to walk or stand without pain. He said

There is nothing wrong. My spine is perfect. There is no reason to be on pain.

But here I am.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:37:06 PM
And I've had numerous MRIs including one with contrast (a needle!). He looked and showed me what he was looking at and he was right. There's nothing wrong with any of it.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:49:10 PM
If it's muscular you need a series of massages and to be taught how to stretch. If it's structural (discs, alignment) it may be much tougher to fix.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 4:10:46 PM
Given your age, you might want to research Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have it and first had symptoms at 15. (It almost always starts in the teens or early 20's) It started in my knees and then progressed to the spine which is where AS is most likely to occur. It is far rarer in women than men and is rare in men so it will definitely not be the first thing they would look for. The first orthopedist I went to at 22 didn't find anything wrong either. When symptoms persisted and started interfering with my work at 24, my GP diagnosed it and sent me to a rheumatologist for confirmation. Even though my father has it, I kept hearing - well, since you are a female, it isn't likely - but it was right there in black and white on the x-ray.

The most definitive indication is fused SI joints which can be seen from a simple x-ray. There isn't a lot you can do for this disease other than pain management and exercise. The severity varies a lot from person to person. However, knowing what you have makes all the difference.

Good luck. I hope you find a solution.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 4:22:39 PM
i had severe pain that caused me not to be able to walk. We narrowed it down to muscles not bone issues. I do have scoliosis. I finally had Active RElease Therapy....world of difference. VERY painful but the results were amazing.

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Posted: 2/20/2013 5:16:39 PM
1) see a doctor (preferably one that specializes in the spine and offers therapy as needed)
2) yoga I have had 3 back surgeries and have spondy, and osteoarthritis. I cannot tell you how much yoga helps me in my day to day activities. I do have to be careful and modify several poses, but when I miss--I know it. I have gone at least once a week for the last 10 years. I wish I had started sooner.

ETA: the last time I had an episode like you describe was before I started yoga and it took 2-4 months to get better. I had therapy, then began yoga and I have never been that bad off since (knocKing on wood).





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Posted: 2/20/2013 7:51:53 PM
I'm almost 44 years old. My pain started 4 years ago and I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease/osteoarthritis. I have a herniated disk and bulging disk. I was using muscle relaxants pretty regularly, but then I saw an internal medicine doctor. He gave me a corticosteroid shot which worked really well and now I take pain meds infrequently. I'm also doing Physical Therapy and dieting to shed some pounds (although I'm not considered overweight). I'm pretty worried the pain will return in a couple of months when the epidural wears off, but in the meantime, I'm very thankful for less chronic pain.

Good luck. I hope you find out what's causing your pain and can find a cure for it.

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Posted: 2/20/2013 9:17:40 PM
Oh you poor poor peas I feel for all of you!! So far until I can get in to see a dr, I'm getting B12 and I've been using a heating pad and stretching what I can for now (which isnt very far sadly) I'm thinking I'll ask my dr to prescribe PT. I've done yoga before but it takes a few trys to find the right studio with the right teacher and the right group of people to make it work. Thank you all for your help!!



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Posted: 2/20/2013 10:27:54 PM
I have L5-S1 trouble too, have you tried icing it? I get more relief from ice than heat.

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Posted: 2/21/2013 9:37:33 PM
Louwho I've only used heat. I've always been afraid of ice because I don't like the cold. I'll have to try it. Just like a bag of peas on it or something?



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Posted: 2/28/2013 11:01:00 PM
Update: I went to Urgent care this week and was referred to some orthopedic doctors where I'll have to have an MRI done. From the xrays they took at the UC I have a bulging disc which is treatable. Thats where the orthopedic dr will come into play. I'm just waiting to see which one is covered and in my area so hopefully I'll find that out soon. But I've been using a heating pad for now and the UC dr gave me a low low loooow dose of Valium. (I told him that I have a bad history with pain killers and that the last muscle relaxer I took made me feel like jello and completely knocked me out for a full 9+ hours every time I took it.) I guess the Valium works as a muscle relaxer too. We will see, but on my way to recovery thats for sure. Thanks all you peas for the help!


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