Experiencing excruciating lower back pain since Feb 18. Occasionally the pain moves right across my hip, around to the front of my thigh and returns to my back. Once it climbed up to my shoulder. Now my back is very stiff. The pain lulls at nights; as I awake and get up, which is painful, it returns. I've had it massaged and even used creams for backaches and strains. Walking is total impossible as the back seizes up and the pain increases and moves across my hip. Stiffness increases when I try to stand or sit. When I try to walk I have move into a bent position. I also find that when my back it causes me to belch. Should I see a chiropracter or an orthopedist? I am a 43 year old female
the back seizes up and the pain increases and moves across my hip.
Sounds like your muscles are going into spasm to protect some damaged discs.
Should I see a chiropracter or an orthopedist
Either. But what may also really benefit you is to get a diagnosis of you postural alignment.
Ask them if they see a loss of "lumbar lordosis" or curvature in you lower back.
- Is you back shifted to one side?
- Do you stand with a twist in your hips or torso?
These are problems which can be fixed non-surgically and allow your discs to heal on their own.
Once your alignment is restored, the discs will heal and the muscles will stop contracting.
Try this for now:
- Don't round your lower back forward (as in slouching). This will damage your discs more.
- "Static extension on elbows" (Do a Google search)
- "Static back position" (Do a Google search)
Your response isn't surprising. Back in 1998 I did an exam for lubmar spinal. The results came back that it maybay lordosis. At the time I got physiotherapy treatment. This backache, however, is accompanied with a lot of belching when I massage the area. I found that odd BUT I have to go to either chiropracter or orothopedist this week. Thanks so much
I forgot to mention a really good exercise to relax tight lower back muscles is:
1) "Static back position" (Do a Google search)
You may have to lie there for 30 minutes before the back muscles let go.
Once your muscles relax you can try some hip strengthening exercises - keep your back RELAXED when doing these:
2) Put a pillow between your knees and squeeze (Knees are hip-width apart).
3) Wrap a yoga strap or belt around your legs just above your knees and press out. (knees are hip width apart).
Make sure you also get checked for gall bladder issues (inflamation, stones, etc) and things like ulcers or gastritis. Although typically felt in the stomach, it is not totally uncommon for someone to experience a severe back pain that radiates across the mid back up to shoulders. The pain can come and go, but is important to determine, as many people sometime have no other symptoms of GI problems. A simple ultra sound can be done to find gall stones and check other organs as well as a blood test for certain problems within the stomach as well. Good luck!