Don't touch me there!
December 3, 2010 3:48 PM Subscribe
YANMD or my physical therapist either, but maybe you know enough about the failure modes of the human skeletomuscular system to suggest possible reasons for the excruciating pain I feel when someone puts pressure on the base of my spine?
posted by rhiannonstone to health & fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For as long as I've been getting massages from friends and professionals (most of my adult life), I haven't been able to stand having any pressure put on the base of my spine/sacrum. Casual touch is fine, but the moment someone applies even the gentlest of pressure there I experience excruciating pain that makes me want to jump off the table--and I have a fairly high pain threshold and otherwise enjoy intense deep-tissue massages. Most massage therapists honor my request to avoid putting any pressure there without any further comment, but some insist that if it hurts it needs massage. It's definitely not muscle pain, though--it feels tender, like something's bruised, inflamed, or otherwise damaged. I don't recall any injuries to that area, and have never seen any visible bruises there. I've got injuries and chronic aches in other parts of my body, but I've never had chronic or unexplainable lower-back pain. What are some possible explanations for the pain?