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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?
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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^


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