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Middle/Lower back pain

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Over the last couple of days I've developed quite an uncomfortable (but not unbearable) lower back pain.

I do quite alot of gym work (deadlifts, squats) but the pain came very suddenly and I hadn't even been to the gym for a few days. :(

Have decided to take a week off gym/sports and am taking 50g of Voltaren (anti inflammatory) three times a day. Pain is not going away though and Im worried :(

What would be the next step?

Thanks

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Are you getting any signs of numbness in the legs? or indications of no feeling?

If so, then chances are you may have slipped a disk inbetween L4 and L5. This is a very common problem with tall people , Go to the doctor and explain the symptoms. The disk may go back in by itself, but if there is severe numbness in your legs, chances are it has prolapsed.

If you have a strong back, then it could just be a trapped nerve.

Taking pain killers and anti-inflamitary will only mask the problem. Another quick test to do, is fee lthe inside your groin (just under the pelvis) and see if the muscles are very tense (in to spasm) this could be the mechanics of the problem. A good cure is to visit an acupuncturist who will be able to remove some of the tension.

Over the last couple of days I've developed quite an uncomfortable (but not unbearable) lower back pain.

I do quite alot of gym work (deadlifts, squats) but the pain came very suddenly and I hadn't even been to the gym for a few days. :(

Have decided to take a week off gym/sports and am taking 50g of Voltaren (anti inflammatory) three times a day. Pain is not going away though and Im worried :(

What would be the next step?

Thanks

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Thanks alot cockney boy. I am quite tall (6'3) but thankfully have none of the numbness you describe (mayb a tad the first day but nothing now).

Do I go to my GP or directly to an Orthopedist then?

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Have you been drinking a lot recently :confused:

Wouldn't be kidney pains by chance...

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If your not getting the numbness then its not worth you going to the GP. Chances are you have pulled a muscle or trapped a nerve which is making your back go into spasm. Search for a Acupuncturist in your area, and try that. Like i said its the mecchanics of the back you need to fix and not the pain.

Thanks alot cockney boy. I am quite tall (6'3) but thankfully have none of the numbness you describe (mayb a tad the first day but nothing now).

Do I go to my GP or directly to an Orthopedist then?

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Yes, spend most of the day sitting down infront of the computer....sucks but that's the way it is. Try and walk around, stretch my legs as much as possible.

Haven't been drinking excessively (1 night a week tops) and try to live quite healthily; go to the gym, eat properly, drink plenty of water and so on.

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If your not getting the numbness then its not worth you going to the GP. Chances are you have pulled a muscle or trapped a nerve which is making your back go into spasm. Search for a Acupuncturist in your area, and try that. Like i said its the mecchanics of the back you need to fix and not the pain.

Cheers, will look into it. What about a physio, would that be a good alternative?

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Recently with extreme sciatica/prolapsed disc (L4/L5) I saw a Mactimoney Chiropractor initially to straighten my back out, and then physio to deal with the sciatica. It's only now just starting to go away. Had it for 6 months, couldn't walk for 3.

I reckon a physio would be a good start for you, you should notice improvement within a few days. If not, have a word with them and see if they think a sports massage would help.

I never used acupuncture for this (although have for other things), so cannot comment on its efficacy.

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Chiropractor is the only way to go, by the sound of things.

Expect to pay approx £35 - £50 for a half hour session

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It may do, but the muscles need deep therapy, and the only way is with a needle. or someone with strong hands who doesnt mind fiddling around your groin lol

Cheers, will look into it. What about a physio, would that be a good alternative?

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Good news chaps

Went to the chiropractor who confirmed it was nothing serious but an irritation of a muscle around the spine. Apparently quite common in people over 25 whether fit or not.

Have to take it easy for another few days but can even go skiing this weekend if i want to!

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Glad to hear it. Let me tell you you don't want to damage the discs. It's excruciating (not directly but the fall out).

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