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Chronic lower back pain when sitting down with no sign of spinal problem
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vitalogy posted:
Hi everybody,

After plenty of online researches i found this really useful website.

I have had low back pain since 2007 now. Now i'm acknowledging it has become chronic pain.
I never had any problem until 2007 (i was 27 at the time) where i overtrained at the gym and had a major episode of lower back pain. From then on...


I feel the pain mostly on the gluteus (especially the left side), hips and all the area around L4-L5. Most of the pain come when i sit down, and i have to force myself to stand up as long as i can.
I took X-Rays and MRI and there's no sign of major problems, only the facet joints seem a bit deteriorated but they told me it's normal giving my age. I also i have a bit of scoliosis but it seems it's irrelevant. I have been told my spine is straight and it's a bit of a problem. Still i feel this doesn't justify all the problems.


The back pain is affecting my life very much and i don't know what else to do. I quitted football, snowboarding, swimming and a lot other sport activities i used to do. I have problems travelling because when i sit down too much i have this severe episodes of back pain i cannot control. My social life has worsened.


I saw chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and orthopaedics, it's very expensive. Everybody somehow agrees it's because i have no core muscles, my spine is straight, i'm very skinny, and have fairly bad posture.


However, i started about 4 years ago to regular exercises, every holy day: yoga, pilates, specific stretching and back exercises, i wear feet insoles and i just bought a back support (which i don't really want to use).
Still, for a nothing, i get into this episodes of back pain. Actually there isn't 1 day that i wake up fine. I rest: pain, i work out too much: pain.


I know that many people suffers from terrible bad conditions, i just wonder why i have all these problems if the exams show there's nothing serious in my spine.
I'm only 33 and this problem is definitively affecting my life psychologically.


Any advice would be appreciated,


Thanks
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Vitalogy - welcome to the support group -

seeing the right kind of spine specialist is vital - either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist would be beneficial as they are different than just Orthopedic Surgeon and Neurosurgeon. The Spine Specialists are the only ones that can accurately read MRI/CT Scan etc film results. They can offer treatment options upon examination results.

also seeing the right kind of pain management specialist is beneficial. I see a PHYSIATRIST PAIN MANAGEMENT Doc.

http://www.spineuniverse.com/treatments/what-physiatrist

they go deeper into pain management control based on patients needs. they can refer you to a good spine specialist too.

please keep us posted what you find out~~sometimes we must go to several spine specialist before finding one we are comfortable with.
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
 
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vitalogy replied to bj1208's response:
Hi Joy,

Thanks a lot for your answer, i suppose you're right when you say we gotta try several spine specialists before finding the right one. I hope to find it soon!

Thanks again


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