• 4 months ago

    Long term back pain

    I am 25 years old and have experienced back pain for over 10 years. It began suddenly when I was a preteen and never went away. I saw a few doctors when it first started and again a few years ago in college. Nothing outside of a slight curvature came up on X-rays. I had chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy for years to no avail. The pain is primarily in my lower back and hip joints but my middle back is affected as well. It is worst when sitting and especially laying for long periods of time. When I sit for long periods of time, like a plane ride, my lower back goes numb. When I lay for a long period my middle and lower back ache horribly. It is relieved during exercise but worse shortly after.

    I am just looking for an answer as to what might have caused this pain and what I can do to relieve it. Physical therapy and chiropractic care haven't helped at all and I'm not willing to explore those options again.

Responses

  • 4 months ago

    RE: Long term back pain

    Hello.

    Have you seen a neurologist or othapedist? Have you had an MRI or CT scan? Doing these things should get you an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

    I pray you find answers and relief soon.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Long term back pain

    Ten years ago a my orthopedist looked at my X-ray and commented, "lots of wear and tear". He suggested trying yoga . I thought he was nuts but I've been doing it and it works . May be worth a try .

    Also , you need to find every opportunity to get up and walk whether in the office or at home . Sitting is a killer . Even if you get up and stretch every 30 minutes or so , it may help .

    Good luck
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Long term back pain

    Sounds like me. Get an MRI done and have it read by someone that knows what they are doing. They found out I had a birth defect in my lower spine, some of my disc's didn't form right and as I aged the bone started putting pressure on my nerves. In my case surgery wasn't too much of an option, they gave me a 60% chance of success so I have been on pain medication ever since, but it works. I can walk around without being in pain all day and night. You might get better news than I did concerning surgery. Make sure you see an Orthopedic surgeon with experience in dealing with back injuries/defects.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Long term back pain

    Suggest your doc refer you for a lumbar (low back) MRI. These are unusual symptoms. If you haven't tried a physiatrist, suggest you do so. Finally, you might try acupuncture. Could be a meridian imbalance. In that order.

    B. Jose Reis, D.C.
    Chiropractic Orthopedist
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Long term back pain

    You should certainly get a MRI to see what is happening with your discs and nerves in your lumbar spine. An xray or CT will not give the most information. You should see a spine surgeon. I know one that saved my back, you can look him up, his name is Dr. Georgiy Brusovanik.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Long term back pain

    Let the scientists find the cause. In the mean time you sound like a perfect candidate for Yoga. I have extensive back injuries and several joint replacements. But it even helps me to get by.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Long term back pain

    It sounds as if you need me Dr. I agree with getting the MRI, if you're getting numbness a nerve conduction study wouldn't hurt either. I got really lucky my orthopedist was a professor of spinal surgery at the teaching hospital where I live. If they suggest epidural injections, unless the Dr doing them is using imaging to see where he's putting the needles don't do it. As for traveling whether in car or other firms try to get your knees a little higher than your hips, that will take pressure off your back by not pulling on it.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Long term back pain

    Hi, I have worked with my own back pain for 38 years. I have degenerative disk disease. All the suggestions you have received are good. For pain relief I through a pain management Dr and a Psychiatrist found relief with Cymbalta and Rizolti Cymbalta (120 mg) is an antidepressant but works on the same part of the brain that sends pain signals and Rizolti enhances the effects of the Cymbalta. So much relief that sometimes I am actually pain free for a while. :)