My back hurts.
May 5, 2014 1:20 PM Subscribe
I've had a lot of pain in my lower back for the last five days or so. There's no obvious cause that I can think of but it seems to be getting worse, not better. It's at the point now where standing up is taxing, even after taking ibuprofen. Any suggestions?
posted by Scientist to Health & Fitness (25 answers total)
I'm a 29-year-old male in reasonably good shape but with a history of intermittent back problems. Last Thursday I woke up with some pain in what I guess you'd call my lumbar area, near the top of my pelvis. I figured that I'd just slept on it funny but it's only worsened over the last few days, and I've exhausted all my usual strategies for fixing it. I've rested it, stretched it, iced it, heated it, and I've been taking ibuprofen around the clock. The ibuprofen helps but it still hurts so much as of today that I have a hard time standing up.
It generally is worst when I first wake up (presumably because the muscles have stiffened overnight) and improves over the course of the day with gentle use. It's better when I can sit or stand up straight than when I have to lean over. I don't remember doing anything that hurt it; I did carry a couple of palettes (you know, those big wooden platform things) on my back for a few blocks last Wednesday, but at the time it felt perfectly OK. I guess that could've done it as they were a bit heavy and awkward, but that doesn't seem to explain why it would've worsened over the weekend.
I don't have a lot of time to be seeing doctors and getting referrals and visiting specialists and all that right now, as I'm leaving the country in a couple of weeks and will be gone on fieldwork for three months. I really need to get this fixed. I've got a number for a chiropractor from a friend I trust (I realize that not all chiropractors are worth seeing but I trust my friend's judgment on this) and I may give him a visit. I've also ordered a new mattress because my current one is old and has a dip in it that's uncomfortable for my back.
What other suggestions do y'all have? I'd really like this to be over with. This sucks.