How can alleviate this sudden back pain?
March 24, 2014 12:47 PM Subscribe
I have this really awful nerve-y kind of pain in my back right now that seems to be aggravated by sitting down too long.
posted by ohmy to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was perfectly fine yesterday. I started to feel like I might have trouble with my back today while I was in the shower. As soon as I sat down for more than 10 minutes, I knew I was going to have problems.
When I try to stand, I feel locked into a hunched over position. My lower back feels achy. If I try to straighten up, I get shooting pains that go upwards. Same shooting pains when I twist, but more acute. The pains are electric and take my breath away. The pain slowly starts to go away the more I walk and move around, but the first few minutes of motion are excruciating. No pain in the legs at all, no numbness. The pain definitely shoots upwards (so maybe not sciatic related?), not quite up to my neck. It's like a pain at the very core of my upper body, not on any specific side. I'm starting to get a bit of a headache at the base of my neck, but I can't tell if it's related to the back pain, or if it's just because I'm starting to stress out.
I've had this once before, about a month ago. It lasted one day and then I was fine the morning after. YANMD, but I can't get in contact with my actual doctor anytime soon. What could this be, and how can I alleviate the pain? I've been trying to stretch out slowly when I get up, but it's so painful, I'm not sure that stretching is actually helping me. Might there be a specific stretch or motion that could help me?
I haven't yet taken any Tylenol/Advil/whatever, but I'm right next to a pharmacy and can pop in (very, very slowly) to pick up any kind of OTC medication that can help me make it through the rest of the day, at least.
Thinking about the 1.5 hour commute home right now is making me want to cry!