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    Back Pain
    An_252756 posted:
    I've been having back pain for many months now. It's my lower right side. I've had 2 x-rays and nothing has shown up on either one of them. I've done physical therapy twice but nothing has helped. The pain increased over time, and there was no sudden injury that caused it. I am a gymnast and the pain worsens during practice, especially on vault and floor. I've had 2 steroid shots. The first helped for about 2 months then it wore off. The second one didn't help at all. I've taken breaks, and the pain seemed to go away, but as soon as I resumed my normal practices, the pain came right back. The doctors and physical therapists keep telling me that it's a muscle thing, but nothing has helped. Ice, heat, electric stimulator things, have not helped, nor did physical therapy. My parents and coach believe that I might have a pars stress fracture, but im not able to receive a bone scan until about 2-3 more weeks to know for sure.

    any feedback on what you might think it will be would be greatly appreciated...Thank you!
    davedsel responded:

    Read through the Tip near the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists the steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated. Here is a link to that tip:

    X-rays do not show soft tissue damage such as disc problems. You will need to have an MRI or CT Scan of the area performed for that. You may need to see a spinal orthopedic surgeon or spinal neurosurgeon for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

    I pray you can get treatment and relief soon.
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    gymnastics15 replied to davedsel's response:
    Well I did receive an MRI a couple of months ago. The doctor said that it showed that some of my lower disks were being compressed but the doctor said it wasn't that rare for a gymnast. He also said it wouldn't be causing my pain. And so they still said it was a muscle problem.
    gymnastics15 replied to gymnastics15's response:
    And thank you for your response and prayers

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