Hello, my name is Janett.
I'm 17 years old. I'm 5'7 and weigh about 110-115 lbs. I'm pretty worried about my health because I haven't been to a doctor in years and I'm worried about my back. For about a year now, I've been getting terrible lower back pains if I stand up for too much time. Now, this I think might not sound too bad at first but I honestly can't go more than 20 minutes standing up without getting back pains, which seems a little on the extreme side. I'm not pregnant and never have been. However, for the past 3 years I've had tons of heavy stress and I'm not sure if this can be an issue. I have been stress free since January though but I think now I may be feeling the repercussions of the previous years.
However, I decided to ask for some answers mainly because now I have a new back pain. It seems that when i bend my upper torso forward to relax myself and then straighten back up, i get a pain in the middle of my back on the right side of my spine. It almost feels like it's a small muscle being pulled. In order for it to go away, I have to stretch back in ever possible direction until I can feel that I put pressure on it and then it cracks and goes away (temporarily). It is constantly happening and I'm worried it might be something serious. The reason I ask here is because my parents don't have the money right now to take me to a doctor otherwise I would get it checked right away, but I am worried and need answers.
Thank you for the information that you have provided in your post. It helps give us a better understanding of your back and other things.
Janett, I too can not stand in one stop for very long. In my case after about 2-3 minutes the back pain gets so bad I either have to move or sit down. My doctor has determined what is causing this pain, and it is because of a problem with my spine.
I understand the financial situation, however Janett, you really do need to see a doctor and preferably a neurosurgeon or spinal surgeon. They are specialists for back pain. Check to see if there is a clinic available for you where you can go to see a doctor for free. Such clinics do exist in some areas. If there is no "free" clinic, then I must still advise you to see a doctor for the longer you wait the worse the situation will become. Talk to your parents about the pain you are having from standing. Try to work out some way in which the finances to see a doctor can be worked out.
I wish you the very best. Do stay in touch and let us know how things go for you.
I used to have a lot of problems with lower back pain too and I found out that stretching my hamstrings helps a lot. All you need to do is try to touch your toes a few times for about 20 seconds each time and that should help a little. If your hamstrings are tight it can pull on your lower back causing pain and I do believe that standing for a long time has this effect. Try this and see if it helps, and if not then you may need to see a doctor..I don't think a neurosurgeon right now would be the best option as that can be quite pricey, but a GP should be able to give some advice hopefully.
I am writing to offer a possible solution to your back pain (and a few other possible symptoms).
I had continued low back muscular pain when standing or sitting for a long time but it became much worse when my symptoms flared up. I will not go into any great detail as to what I have been through (many more more unexplained problems primarily neurological in nature) that no doctor could explain as all of my test were negative! I am posting this message to alert all readers of my own findings:
After doing extensive research on my own, I was able to derive at a self diagnosis which has saved my life. I found out that I had Lyme disease (or Borreliosis as it is also called). This disease begins with a tick byte which most people never remember. If not treated at an early stage, it progresses and attacks the central nervous system causing just about any symptom you can think of. It is able to mimic 100 different other serious diseases. You get certain symptoms of other diseases but you actually don't have the disease. It confuses all doctors and the chances of coming across a doctor who is familiar with Lyme disease is next to Nil out there.
The good news: If you end up having this disease, most of your problems can be reversed with a long course of particular antibiotics. So, don't run off to a pharmacy on your own taking just any antibiotic!
I have been on an antibiotic Lyme disease treatment and my problems have pretty much gone away. I am not saying everyone having back pain has Lyme disease BUT I wish I had seen a post like this 8 months ago when my symptoms became worse reaching the point of not being able to function at all. At different times this included feeling sick after a meal, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, sudden and acute rise of blood pressure, muscle weakness, muscle pain and cramps, inflammation in various areas, indigestion, numbness in different parts of my body, constant fatigue, some short term memory loss, vision problems etc. etc. etc. Most of these symptoms would come and go but my back pain was more persistent.
My advise to all readers of this post:
1. Research Lyme disease (or Borrelia, or Borreliosis) on your own and find the looooong list of possible symptoms. See which symptoms match your case. NOT everyone with this disease has similar symptoms but a few at typical. Make sure you access several articles, DON'T stop on the first article you find. This is very important.
2. If you find that there may be a possibility that you have Lyme disease based only on your symptoms, further educate yourself (from the literature you will find on the net) WHY people are not told about this so widespread and debilitating epidemic which is estimated to be at least 4 times the size of AIDS in its infected population.
3. Search for a doctor who is known to deal with chronic (and the word "chronic" here is very important). The specialist in chronic Lyme disease will arrange for a simple blood test which may confirm your suspicion and they will administer the right medication.
4. Don't leave the next step in any doctor's hands (unless you know for sure your doctor specializes in Lyme disease treatment). Most doctors know of the disease but they don't know what to do and most important as I found out THE HARD WAY, their mind doesn't even go there when they deal with patients of this nature (with different and unexplained conditions or "Mystery patients" as we are often called).
I can't stress this any more. I can't tell you how stunned I have been to have gone through so many doctors and serious medical tests and NOT ONE of them even though of this disease. Even after I mentioned it to a couple of my doctors (following my own research), they did not give my theory any relevance. Just amazing!!!!
I have saved my own life and I made it my mandate to try and save as many others as I can. Good luck to all.