What type of back pain am i experiencing?

Philippines
December 14, 2011 9:50am CST
I have been experiencing back pain for three times this year already. Just recently I had the courage to go to the doctor who is an orthopedic and had a check-up regarding my lower back problems. My complaints were these: Pain (very painful) pain everytime i walk, bend down, stretch my legs, cough, sneeze, move, position myself on sitting and lying. There is so much pain everytime i do those stuff and luckily the doctor gave me a medication for neuropathic pain, but he was not able to tell me what exactly was the main cause/ problem of my back.. Could somebody help me out? because i dont want to experience the same incident in the near future..
4 responses
@bostonphil (4403)
• United States
14 Dec 11
Why was the doctor not able to diagnose your back pain? Did you not have Xrays? You need to have Xrays or a MRI. Are you going back to the doctor? Maybe you should get a second opinion. The doctor gave you medication for pain so you may not feel the pain but the problem is still there. You can not remain on pain medication forever. You need to find out the cause of your back pain. So first, find the cause of the pain and then go from there. I have a slipped disc and facet joint syndrome. Exercise helps but I have had to learn to live with it. I will not take pills for pain. They can be addicting. Some people recommend acupuncture or chiropractic care. Massage sometimes helps. But most importantly, find the cause before you do anything.
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
The doctor just did physical examination and felt how my back muscles was. He did advice me for an X-ray if I still feel the pain on my back after taking up the medications he had given. But after a week I didn't feel the pain anymore so I didn't went to the doctor. Here in the Philippines it would cost us a lot of money for an MRI so it is not advisable by many doctors here unless you have really serious problems. The cause why i experienced this was when I have prolong sitting on the computer chair that is why now i am sitting on a wooden chair that could support my back properly. I also heard that accupunture really helps, I want to try it also.
• United States
15 Dec 11
As long as the pain is gone and stays gone, good. If it comes back you should have that x-ray. It could have just been muscle problems and maybe the pills will take care of it. Massage sometimes helps also. The problem could be the chair that you were sitting on. You might not have had the right support for your back. Take good care of your back. Having chronic back pain and problems is not fun as you have probably heard.
• Philippines
16 Dec 11
Having back pain seriously is not a good thing it would affect your over all activity as to what you would like to be doing you can't do because it would be painful to move. Yes I would definitely go back to the doctor if i experience the same problem and i would like to suggest to him to do more physical and laboratory test so that he could locate and cure the exact problem. I am planning to have yoga class for more stretching and building a more firmer back.
• United States
14 Dec 11
When I was in high school I had horrible back pain any time I coughed or sneezed. I ended up going to chiropractor and somehow my pelvis had gotten out of alignment. He put it back in and I was fine. Now a few years back I started have bad back pain. It was so bad that I would walk all hunched over like I was 90 years old even though I was only in my 20s. I would get sharp pains down my lets when I walked or stretched my legs and if I sat or laid to long my back would start cramping up. I ended up going to the doctor and demanding to have an MRI done. This was after going to the doctor SEVERAL times before and always just been given pain meds. So after the MRI, we found out that I had bulging discs that were pushing on my nerves. I ended up having to see a specialist and have back injections but so far so good. I just know what I can and cant do.
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
Good for you cause you had it done with a specialist. Here in the Philippines we have one but it would be located approximately 1 hr travel by plane just to go to a specialist and it would cost me a lot. MRI is also not advisable since It would cost a lot for the patient unless you will really have a serious ailment. So far the medications I took helped me because I didn't feel any back pain anymore. I will try to exercise to make my back strong.
@Jess1991 (77)
• Indonesia
14 Dec 11
You better be fast. Lower back injury can lead to very serious problem if you don't do anything. The cause of it can be due to sport activities, carrying heavy stuffs, and minor accidents. Sometimes this minor accidents can link to your lower back. Try to remember and consult a doctor. Hopefully it's not so serious.
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
I used to lift heavy objects before maybe it precipitated my back pain. But recently the cause of my back pain was when i was sitting on a computer chair. I already had my check-up done and the doctor just gave me pain medications. I will do more on exercises that will keep my back firm and strong.
@jsmalong (109)
14 Dec 11
Years ago, we had a small ricefield located just at the back of our house. And every harvest time, I used to help carry a few sacks of rice (the one that is newly threshed) weighing about 35kg per sack. After stacking the 3rd sack, I felt an unbearable, excruciating pain on my lower back. It took about 5 or so years when I experience the same pain again, so I went to the doctor and had an MRI which confirmed that I have 2 herniated lumbar discs. I am still experiencing the pain you have mentioned. I try not to aggravate the situation by not doing strenuous physical activities and make sure I maintain good posture. I suggest that you have an MRI taken to ascertain your health problem.
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
I had my X-ray done but it showed normal. The doctor did not advice me of MRI cause according to him if the pain i experience would radiate to the legs and when i cough or sneeze it would be very painful it would be considered as herniated disk but I'm not experiencing that kind of pain. He suggested that I only take the neuropathic pain medications because probably it just a tensed muscles attacking my back.