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debilitating pain sometimes occurs suddenly

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I am a 23 year old female who has worked in a labor-intensive field requiring lots of twisting and bending of the back as well as heavy lifting and hiking for one year. I began having somewhat debilitating back pain around 6-7 months ago. The pain sometimes comes on gradually during walking/hiking but sometimes occurs suddenly while I am lying in bed attempting to change positions. Sometimes I am unable to move for several minutes. The pain is very sharp and intense when it occurs and is located in my lower back, just to the left of my spine and directly above my pelvis. I have noticed a raised hard lump in that area and sometimes my upper thigh becomes tingly due to the pain. Lying on flat surfaces seems to help, and walking downhill or on hard surfaces like pavement make it worse (oddly I have no pain when climbing stairs or uphill). Now, each time I stand from sitting for an extended time, I must pop my back to avoid stiffness, and it is very loud and unusual. Could this be serious?

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replied July 27th, 2016
Back Pain Answer A58141
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. The lifestyle and activity history with pain correlation indicates some nerve compression, You need some work up like MRI scans, to sort out the extent of compression and then management accordingly.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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