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Horrible Back Pain, Muscles Tightening In Back When I Wakeup

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For the last 3 weeks or so, every once in a while, I have been having horrible back pain when I wake up. It doesnt happen every morning, but about every 2-3 days. The pain doesnt wake me up, but when I wake up, it feels like all the muscles in my back are tightened. The pain forces me to get out of bed and stand up for about 10 minutes. Sometimes its in my upper back, sometimes its in my middle back. Also, recently I have had some ever so slight tingling in the front and left side of my lower left leg , and in my left foot when I sit down. I dont keep a wallet in my pocket, so I know that isnt causing any problems. Any one have any suggestions as to what my be causing this? I dont know if I should just go see my general practitioner, or go to a chiropractor. I had someone crack my back about two weeks ago, and I felt so much relief, I cant explain it. Any recommendations?
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replied June 9th, 2005
Have you seen a doctor yet? If your insurance allows you to see a specialist without a referal, see an orthopedic doctor.

Is your matress old? It's a silly question, but your matress, posture and even your shoes can cause horrible back pain if they're poor! Back exercises help, too (of course, consult a physician first!!).

I currently see a chiropractor (but had other treatments in the past) and it has helped a lot.
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replied June 9th, 2005
I saw my gp he took xrays and said structurally my back looked perfect. He put me on a nsaid and a muscle relaxer. So far so good. If the pain returns I may go see a chiro, but im leary. Heard too many horror stories about them. My insurance does cover them, so we will see I guess. My mattress is only a year old, so I dont think that is it. I got a lumbar pad for my chair at work, and am purchasing seat covers for my jeep that have a lumbar support on them too. I have been making a concious effort to stand up straighter also. Its all worked good so far.
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replied June 10th, 2005
Well, I hope all goes well! Back pain (well, any pain for that matter) can really put a damper on your life. I wasn't able to do simple things like walk around, do dishes or even sit! I'm only 27, but I felt like 87...

I didn't really want to see a chiro, either. My pain management doc (he did facet joint injections in my spine) recommended it to help keep the pain under control. So far, it has worked like a charm. I still get stiff and sore sometimes, but not to the extent I need pain killers (which I hate taking).

Good luck!
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replied November 23rd, 2009
I have been going to a chiro on or off for about 17 years for various injuries and have never had a problem, I herniated 2 disc in January of this year(2009)and went thru spinal decompression from a chiro and avoided surgery. You can keep believing medical doctors who study to treat with medicine that could have worse side affects or you can go to a chiro who study to help the body to heal itself because they study the mechanics of the body and help to get your spine realigned to function and heal itself. I have been to about 15 due to seeking the best because I moved from my favorite one, it is hard to find one that is real good, but even the bad ones I've been to haven't made it worse. One time I had been in pain for along time and I went 3 times a week for 6 weeks before i ever got relief. When you get so kinked up, it takes alot of adjustments to get your body retrained to the way it should be. Along with heat, cold, electrical stimulator, and massage to get your muscles to quit tensing up to the pain. I have now found 2 real good ones and only have to go when I get all kinked up and thats about every 2 to 6 months. Yeah!!!!
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replied November 24th, 2009
Extremely eHealthy
hi...just curious...how did you know discs were herniated? did you have mri?....pete
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