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Stiff and Sore Back
buckeyenation posted:
hello, im 18 years of age and having a back problem. my lower right back has been tight as hell

For the passed 3 months my back has been stiff when bending over and doing some movements, not to much pain jus thtness and soreness if I have just worked out the day before...

I saw a orthopedic and he said wait 6 weeks and it should be fine, now six weeks later its probabley the same maybe a little better.

this problem didn't occur after a injury or trauma which really baffells me...ive been doing stretches and icing and not much benefit.

what really scares me is I have this small bump on my back which I found a month or two before the pain (under skin) does not cause any pain . I had it checked by my primary and he said its just a sebaceous cyst. I don't know if its related to my stiffness but im scared I have like back cancer or something...

I want to see my ortho again but I couldn't get an appointment for another month

what could my problem be ? help?
bj1208 responded:
Hi Buckeyenation - welcome to the support group -

we, the support team, are lay people who suffer with chronic pains. We are not professional physicians.

There could be a number of things that are causing the pains: stress, improper workouts, pulled muscle (which can take quite a while to heal), injury/trauma to the spine.

Injury/trauma to the spine does not necessarily mean something happening recently. this could be something that may have happened to you when you were younger. You can click on my name or pic and read my story. Mine started when I was very young and took bad falls off horses and my disc finally blew in 2006 (i'm 52) so that's quite a few years from when the injury happened to when stress etc finally took it's toll on my disc.

Please stop all your exercising until you have seen the spine specialist (make sure the doc is a Orthopedic Spine Specialist) as there is a difference between spine specialist and just an Orthopedic Surgeon. He/she may order tests to be done (X-ray, MRI, CT Scan etc) in order to see what's going on.

Please keep us posted what you find out~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
backbreaking responded:
Good afternoon Buckeyenation. I wouldn't worry about the cyst on your back. I've had several of them and they are just what the dermo. says they are. As far as the back you could have overdone the exercises and pulled some muscles. Unless you are suffering severe, debilitating pain I would give it a few weeks and see.
buckeyenation replied to backbreaking's response:
I saw another doc about cyst said its nothing and it doesn't need to be removed, been waiting for 3 months to stiffness to go away its not going to go away on its own. im going to have to find a spine ortho and set an appointment

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