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Lower Back Pain, Spine Or Stress?

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I have a bf who had for few times this hard pain in his lower back. He doesn't wonna visit a doctor saying it will pass in 4 days...But i'm getting kind of worried and confused what this might be. He is 29 now and he kind of has a bigger belly....Right now he had the hardest pain ever, he could barly walk! When he stood he was little bit bend forward and on the side and needed help while walking. He was feeling pain when sitting still but just a little bit, and less when he was layed down.It lasted for 4/5 days, and first night he had trouble sleeping but second night he didn't. He aslo couldn't bend forward when he is sitting but not when he is standing, or move left and right with torso (so I guess the pain is local). He wasn't lifting anything heavy. Can you please help me and at least aproximatly say what could be wrong and what to do?

I was wondering could all this happen because of the stress? He is suffering from social anxiety (it's getting better now, but reasently he had stressful times with exams and so on)...Could it happen coz of the tension?

I was wondering also if it is a regular back pain if he feels the pain at the end on the spine("tail")?I know my cousin had a problem with it coz he wasn't sitting properly, more on spine then on butt....


Thank you in advance!
Ivana
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replied October 7th, 2005
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Hi ivana ~

I thought your post looked familiar. I read your post on spine doctor -bulletin board. I see you still didn't get one of the staff to give you an answer. I am so sorry. I hate to tell you that you may not get an answer here either.



Imshirl :)
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replied December 26th, 2011
Stress/ Anxiety/lower back pain.
I suffer pretty much exactly the same symptoms.The social anxiety has led to anxiety/panic attacks and agoraphobia over the last year or two.My trouble started in my lower spine about 2 years back now.At one stage I had to go to the emergency room as I couldn't sit or lie down even.Agony doesn't even come close.I really do totally asympathise with your friend.My problem started with deep depression.Later came the anxiety and the Agoraphobia.
My back pain at worst is horrendous.It started with my lower back, causing spasms when turning or twisting but was central initially.I have since noticed that the pain has escalated in to my hips and through to my groin.I have suffered from appendicitus in the past and the groin pain is bizarrely similar.If you could imagine a searingly hot arrow penetrating your left hip joint at the back and coming through your groin.That's a good day.On a bad day even the tiniest movement causes excruciating agony and spasms that escalate down both legs like very intense electric shocks and often create a numbness in the front of my thighs.The doctor says it's sciatica but sciatica is usually only a temporary problem according to a report that I read and sympoms rarely last for a few months or more.Mine have been worsening now over two years to the point that 90% of the time I'm bedridden.It could well be disc damage.
Your friend really needs to get to the bottom of this asap.A scan would be a good idea as a ruptured disc can cause paralysis.Try not to over-medicate with painkillers that mask the symptoms as continuing to stress a damaged disc can cause many more horrendous problems.See a specialist and quickly.
Hope this helps others and your friends health has improved.(Sorry I didn't notice how old the OP was.)
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replied December 26th, 2011
Stress/ Anxiety/lower back pain.
I suffer pretty much exactly the same symptoms.The social anxiety has led to anxiety/panic attacks and agoraphobia over the last year or two.My trouble started in my lower spine about 2 years back now.At one stage I had to go to the emergency room as I couldn't sit or lie down even.Agony doesn't even come close.I really do totally asympathise with your friend.My problem started with deep depression.Later came the anxiety and the Agoraphobia.
My back pain at worst is horrendous.It started with my lower back, causing spasms when turning or twisting but was central initially.I have since noticed that the pain has escalated in to my hips and through to my groin.I have suffered from appendicitus in the past and the groin pain is bizarrely similar.If you could imagine a searingly hot arrow penetrating your left hip joint at the back and coming through your groin.That's a good day.On a bad day even the tiniest movement causes excruciating agony and spasms that escalate down both legs like very intense electric shocks and often create a numbness in the front of my thighs.The doctor says it's sciatica but sciatica is usually only a temporary problem according to a report that I read and sympoms rarely last for a few months or more.Mine have been worsening now over two years to the point that 90% of the time I'm bedridden.It could well be disc damage.
Your friend really needs to get to the bottom of this asap.A scan would be a good idea as a ruptured disc can cause paralysis.Try not to over-medicate with painkillers that mask the symptoms as continuing to stress a damaged disc can cause many more horrendous problems.See a specialist and quickly.
Hope this helps others and your friends health has improved.(Sorry I didn't notice how old the OP was.)
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replied December 26th, 2011
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I am quite certain Sciatica can last for more than a few months.
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replied December 26th, 2011
Not according to government guidelines in the UK.I've had this problem for over 12 months now easily.
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replied December 27th, 2011
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They are possibly trying to be reassuring. Siatica can last for years.
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replied December 27th, 2011
This post direct goes to me..Razz I have back pain since from 3 year.. I am working in a software house and y doctor told me its because of siting?
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replied December 28th, 2011
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BadPony, I agree with the link between anxiety and back pain. When my back was at its worst, any stress from work, just the emotions, would increase my pain. I didn't know why.
Al Meilus in Florida says the psoas muscle, especially the right side, tightens from psychological stress. There are a lot of muscles down there but two helpful stretches are:

1) Static back position (Do a Google Search).
2) Some type of psoas release. this can be done by a licensed massage therapist, Al Meilus' "robot", or "Progressive Groin Stretch" (do a Google Search).
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