Back pain from lifting/bending over -- help!
March 16, 2012 2:07 AM Subscribe
I appeared to have developed a bad back here in my 20s. What can I do? Will it get better and how?
posted by strekker to health & fitness (22 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I need help with a bad back. Around June of last year (about 9 months ago) I threw out my back lifting my disabled grandmother while visting her at her nursing home. The pain was mostly in my lower back and left butt. It wasn’t delibitating pain but rather a dull soreness where if I bent the wrong way, I’d feel it.
I’ve since had about 3 or 4 incidents that have triggered the same problem: e.g. a week later when I was moving a 21 inch CRT monitor it happened and also a month ago, when I bent down to empty lawn mower clippings. Each time it’s happened, the residual soreness will linger for 1-4 days and then go away. Previously it’s seemed too trivial to go see a doctor, so I just soldiered on.
However, today I was helping the grandmother again and really screwed myself up. She was seated in her wheelchair, I was trying to pull her from behind so she’d be closer to the backrest. I felt something go, and now my back is really sore. Not extremely painful, but can get pretty bad if I hold my back in the wrong position. Unlike before it actually interferes with my daily routine. Like I can’t sit at my computer today (found if I sit on my couch with laptop it’s not so bad). And driving is now painful because I have to sit in a position that my back doesn’t like.
I’ve realized I can’t ignore that I’ve got some kind of problem. I’m male, 27, otherwise healthy, but am not particularly active (on and off with the excercise, but more off than on). I also spend spend a lot of time at a computer. Before the first incident, I had a really unergonomic chair for several months that would cause mild lower back soreness (I've since thrown that out thankfully). I wouldn't be surprised if I somehow screwed up my back with my lifestyle. I just really hope it's fixable!
So my questions are: what could be the problem and what can I do? Should I seek medical help? Will I be cursed with a “bad back” forever or is there some way I can strengthen it/change my lifestyle to where my back won’t spontaneously get injured. Most of the things that have caused the back pain (e.g. lifting monitors) I’ve done dozens of times before with no troubles – will I ever be able to go back to my youthful, non-weakened self or is back pain now just a part of life?