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    Back popped while bending over. In a lot of pain,..
    jen188 posted:
    I'm 23 years old and yesterday i went on a road trip and drove the car for about 9 hours straight, stopping only for bathroom breaks. I'd never driven that long that before, but I didnt think it would affect me that much. When we finally got home last night, I had some mild back pain, but nothing too severe. When I got up this morning, I bent over to pick something up, and something in my lower back popped. I did not hear the pop, I only felt it, and it wasnt so much of a pop as it was a "shift" that I felt inn my back, like something moved. Immediately after that, I felt strong pain in that area of my back. It hurts my lower back to stand, sit or lay down. I finally found some relief by lying on the couch with my feet propped up and a rolled towel under the portion of my back that is in pain. I am typing this lying down so it's not easy. I've taken some pain reliever and that has taken the sharp pain away, but if I try to get up from my lying position, im in a lot of pain again. Did all that driving do something to my back? I don't know whether I should see a chiro or just wait it out...any suggestions?
    bj1208 responded:
    hi and welcome to the support group -

    first - you don't want to see either a physical therapist or a chiropractor without knowing 100% what is wrong with your back - they can do more damage to your back -

    i would go to your primary care physician - have him/her check you out - an x-ray may be taken - and I would stress the pop/shift that you felt - an MRI may also be needed as x-ray's normally don't pick up problems with discs -

    once you have these results it's best that you see with an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - this does not mean you need surgery - but they are the best at reading the results - they can then let you know what type of treatments are needed.

    in the meantime - when sleeping - on your sides use pillows between your knees and curl up into a fetal position - not too much - but this does help keep the pressure off the spine - and if sleeping on ur back put pillows under your knees and prop your upper back up too - kinda like sitting in a recliner -

    take ibuprofen - you can also try rub creams like aspercream (one that is oderless) these won't take the pain away 100% but will help with any swelling -

    please keep us informed as to what you find out - it could be something as easy as a pulled muscle or it could be something like a bulging disc.

    take care - ^Joy^
    lillyj01 responded:
    Hi Jen,

    The same thing happened to me today. Did you wait it out or you go see a doctor?


    trs1960 replied to lillyj01's response:
    It's important to get issues like these fixed right, otherwise they may come back to haunt you later in life. Depending on your insurance and resources I would be happy seeing (in order) a physiatrist MD, a spinal orthopedic MD, a good physical therapist.

    I've read that most no traumatic back injuries that people talk about " it was fine and I bent over to pick up..." We tend to blame the one event, but in reality they are often a flare up of an improperly treated old injury.

    Best of luck to you both.


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