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Hello all,

i have a very bad pain in my lower back. The pain is very sharp and I can honestly say its one of the worse pains I have felt in my life. By far, the pain is worse when I first wake up in the morning. I have slept on 6 different beds and even the floor for a little while, just to make sure this problem is not resulting from a bad bed. The pain affects my lower back and runs all the way down my legs (usually my right one, but recently its affecting my left one too). Sometimes my legs even go numb (as if they had fallen asleep). I recently went to a chiropractor, however I feel he was a quack, so i'm seeking a better one currently. I think my problem is due to a misaligned hip (one hip is a little higher then the other). I think as a result of the misaligned hip, its knocking discs out of place on my back.

Does anyone have any advice as to steps I could take at home to help this problem? I've tried the pillow between my knees when I sleep at night and that does help a little, but only a little.

Thanks

alan
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replied May 2nd, 2005
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Hi there. You should get this checked out by your Dr., it could be a pinced nerve, sciatica, nerve, or you just might need a shoe lift and some adjusting, but, this situation could get worse if left untreated.
Sincerely,
sandy
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replied May 3rd, 2005
Pain Down Legs
Icemanind,

pain down the legs, and pain that is worse in the morning may be indicative of disc bulging. This is another good test. Do you get shooting pain down your legs when you bend over to touch your toes? If so, then the disc is pushing into the spinal cord and thus causing neuropathy. Disc pain is usually higher in the morning due to increased hydration and decompression from lying on your back for 8 hours. Disc pain will usually decrease as the day progresses due to loss of water in the disc.
Do the test and let me know what happens.


Sam visnic nmt
back pain exercise expert
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replied May 3rd, 2005
Yeah, I do get the pain worst in the morning and it does get better as the day goes by, but its still painful..Just not as painful. As far as touching my toes, you are right about that too. Very sharp painful shooting pain when I try to bend down and touch my toes. I don't know how it happened. I always lifted with my legs and never overdid it. It just seemed to happen one day and its been getting worse for like the past year. Any suggestions?
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replied May 3rd, 2005
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Icemanind,

go online to amazon.Com and purchase the book by robin mckenzie. The mckenzie method is the system that I use to deal with disc pain clients. Do the extension protocol in the book and do not flex (round) your back. I don't care what you have to pick up, etc.. It takes 18 months to completely heal an annular tisc bulge. That is if you do not re-injure it. Buy the book and do the protocol. Then check out my site and get the video. Once you are able to control the pain, then you need to condition the muscles with safe exercises. Do not attempt this on your own. I have had many disc patients that try and damn near blow the disc. Then you'll be in a world of hurt. Take disc herniations seriously and take the appropriate action and you will get better.

Sam visnic nmt
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replied May 3rd, 2005
Thanks for the advice. I will check out her book right now.

One other thing, would it be a good idea for me to workout? I usually do a cardio workout like treadmill and bicycling, then move onto lifting weights for building muscles. Can I still do this, or would this be a bad idea?

Alan
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replied May 3rd, 2005
Exercise
Alan,

it sounds like you haven't had any instruction on your condition. I would advise to do nothing but what the book recommends until you are able to get your pain under control. Running creates about 7x bodyweight pressure with each foot strike. If you have a disc bulge, that pressure is going straight through it!! The only cardio I recommend is light walking.

You can contact me through my email for easier responds.


Sam visnic nmt
back pain exercise expert
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replied June 6th, 2005
Icemanind,

i have problems with misaligned hips also. The reason for my misalignment was due to muscle imbalance in my lower body. One muscle was tighter/stronger than the other so it would pull on one side of the hip more than the other. My pain got so bad that I went to see someone. My doctor told me nothing but then I went to a physical therapist and they have helped me so much. My hips are now rarely out of alignment and I have felt so much better. My advice to you would be go see a physical therapist (a back specialist would be the best choice) and they should be able to help you.
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replied July 20th, 2009
Found out I also have a misaligned hip (muscle imbalance) from physical therapist. Doctor ordered some therapy (8 weeks) and I'd be better after therapy session but after the 45 minute ride home I'd be back to a gimp in my gate and stiffness. Now going to the Y (elliptical and weight machines). I guess I'll never be able to jog again. Still have the hip thing but was encouraged upon hearing that Icemanind's hips are now aligned with therapy. I was afraid mine was permanent but maybe not. I'll go back. Thanks so much.
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replied September 9th, 2009
Stretches
I had that exact pain myself. I went to the chiropractor and he gave me some stretches to do and I go see him once a week to stretch my back out. I can feel a real difference with just the stretches.

-Try laying on your back, then taking one leg and crossing it over the other one near the knee.

-Then pull on the bent leg until you feel a pull in the muscle near your butt and hip.

This made a huge difference for me and helps whenever I think my back has tightened up again.
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replied February 12th, 2010
i injured my back 8 years ago at my job,i worked as a nurse. i have pain everyday. i have seen every practitioner out there . physio,deep tissue rolling pt,osteopath,chiro x 5,acupuncture,massageetc. you need to realign your hips or no excercise will help. i am 37 and incontinent of urine, at times due to weak pelvic floor muscles because my hips are misaligned. i am working to try to get them in alignment at all times. i just recieved an e book called run with no pain by ben greenfield .it costs 17$ or so but, very informative.. i have bone loss in my hips and back.. no practitioner until now, a new chiro i see, has ever stated it could be hip misalignment...what do we pay them for?? i pretty much have diagnosed myself. it took 8 years but, hopefully i can help someone who reads this..i have low back si joint pain and everyone has only looked at my back.. have u ever heard of referred pain? that's wha i suspect this is..anyhow good luck. take a deep breath.
and inform yourself..
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replied February 12th, 2010
SI JOINT , LOW BACK PAIN ANYONE?
i injured my back 8 years ago at my job,i worked as a nurse. i have pain everyday. i have seen every practitioner out there . physio,deep tissue rolling pt,osteopath,chiro x 5,acupuncture,massageetc. you need to realign your hips or no excercise will help. i am 37 and incontinent of urine, at times due to weak pelvic floor muscles because my hips are misaligned. i am working to try to get them in alignment at all times. i just recieved an e book called run with no pain by ben greenfield .it costs 17$ or so but, very informative.. i have bone loss in my hips and back.. no practitioner until now, a new chiro i see, has ever stated it could be hip misalignment...what do we pay them for?? i pretty much have diagnosed myself. it took 8 years but, hopefully i can help someone who reads this..i have low back si joint pain and everyone has only looked at my back.. have u ever heard of referred pain? that's wha i suspect this is..anyhow good luck. take a deep breath.
and inform yourself..
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replied February 13th, 2010
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scooby
a physical therapist knows much more about stretching than a chiropractor. she will probably give you 15 exercises to do rather than 1. how bout getting prescription for pt?...pete
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replied February 13th, 2010
I have been suffering from chronic back pain for about 10 yrs now. The sensation down the legs in my case is 2 bulging disc's that pinch the nerves. Thus, causing the pain or numbness down the legs. They say the back pain is due to digenerative disc disease and arthritis. But, it took 3 yrs with nemerous test to come to that conclusion. I get injections in the back every three months and take 4 diffrent meds to help with the pain. I just finished going to therapy for the 5th time. It helps a little but, only a little. I went to a chriropractor 3 times a week for 6 mo. with no relief. I actually just started to try acupuncture since I have tried everything else except surgery. I have noticed a decrease in pain the first night. I actually had no pain during the night and woke in the morning with no stiffness or pain. It is slowly coming back but, with the addityional treatments I am hoping to quite the injections and poss all meds in time. Acupuncture seems to be helping me. Give that a try. I have found over the years when the pain starts to worsen a heating pad will help and also rolling up into the fetal position takes preasure off the back and thus nerves after a bit of time. GOOD LUCK...
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