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My back hurts.

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? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on May 5, 2014 - 25 answers

Back pain rest or stretch?

Pulled a muscle in my lower back. Should I rest or stretch/exercise it? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 25, 2014 - 5 answers

How can alleviate this sudden back pain?

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. [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Mar 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain every night with no explanation from doctors. Looking for explanation. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Mar 15, 2014 - 14 answers

Slipped down stairs and hurt my back, what is my best plan for tomorrow?

A few hours ago I slipped and fell down half a flight of stairs, injuring my back. How important is it that I see a doctor? Is there anything I can do to make going into work tomorrow less terrible? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Jan 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Knot helping

Muscle pain in my back and chest is making day-to-day activities painful. Help me get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Dec 5, 2013 - 20 answers

I think my back is dying.

I have been having some really really terrible back pain lately and I need to know roughly what it might be and what kind of doctor person I should see about it and what I can do in the meantime so that I don't end up defenestrating myself in order to escape it. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Did your back get better?

So I've been at least preliminarily diagnosed with a herniated disk at the L5-S1 level. This is after a couple months of back and leg pain and an attempt to treat it with oral Prednisone. The Prednisone worked for a few days while I was on it but the pain came back after the course was over. Yesterday, I went back to my GP and he gave me the diagnosis and referred me to a neurologist and is arranging for an MRI. My question is: have you been through this, what was your treatment and how did it go? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Lower Right Back/Side Pain Every Morning

Other than having a bad mattress or sleeping in a weird position ... is there any potentially serious medical condition that would cause me to wake up every morning with pain in my lower right back/side? The pain wakes me up every morning (usually after about 6 hours of sleep). It goes away after I have been up and moving around for 30 minutes or so. Note: I do have a small tear in my rotator cuff - I'm wondering if I'm compensating for the shoulder issue and sleeping in a funny position?
posted by tmharris65 on Aug 30, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I start running even though I have disc problems

It's been a few years since I had an MRI but I have two degenerated discs that give me problems now and then. What do I need to do to start running for exercise? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Aug 25, 2013 - 11 answers

My back hurts. Make it stop. I'm going to be grumpy until it stops.

I've been doing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution for the past couple months and my back has gotten progressively worse during Phase II to the point I'm now regressing and can't do exercises I previously could. What do I need to be doing differently to protect my back? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Aug 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Back pain in the morning?

YANMD. I've started having a new kind of back pain in the morning. Any thoughts/tips? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kybard on Aug 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me identify this back pain

I had a baby a few months ago, and all of the sudden I can't sleep through the night without having excruciating back pain. YANMD, but I have never had serious back pain before and don't know really know where to start. New mattress? Chiropractor? Physical therapy? Stop getting older? Some more details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me avoid developing a bad back

My dad's back is so bad that some days he can hardly move. I'm 46 and mine is just now starting to hurt. What can I do now to avoid crippling pain 30 years from now? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Apr 16, 2013 - 28 answers

Why do old people have a hump in their back?

Can someone explain why old age or bone loss causes older people to have a hump in their upper back or neck? I think its called dowager’s hump.
posted by john123357 on Feb 21, 2013 - 16 answers

North Londoners - tell me your back/neck pain witchdoctors

I've had recurring severe pain in my upper back and neck for the last four years. I don't know what to do next. Several years ago my brother saw a physiotherapist-type dude (other side of the country sadly or I'd be beating his door down) who cured his crippling shoulder pain. Do you know of someone in North London who can do this for me? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Feb 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Soothe my back, stop the clicking

I'm a mid-30s female, and I am finding my back is becoming less and flexible over the years while my core and upper body are getting weaker. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jan 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Back pain between shoulder blades

I am a 47 year old female & have a office job where I sit at a computer all day. I started having back pain in my middle back right between my shoulder blades after lifting some boxes down from a high shelf about a month ago. I have always noticed my lower back is curved, if I stand up against a wall I can not press my lower back against it. When I exercise doing pilates I really have to concentrate on keeping my lower back pressed down and not arching. I bought a lumbar back support cushion for my office chair so I can sit back and have support in my lower back. What kind of exercises could I do to help with this constant ache in my back?
posted by just asking on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Chicken versus egg versus back pain

Back pain and swallowing difficulty - is the shoulder pain causing the swallowing situation or the other way around? Your experience wanted as I wait for my doctor visit. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain?

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jul 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Is it my arthritis or doctor insanity?

YANAD - On tonight's episode - Back Pain, specialist claims it's osteoarthritis, but I am 37 and have absolutely zero history in my family (even extended) is he wrong? What else could it be? Minor snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on May 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Hip pain causes scoliosis? How do I fix it??

How can I fix this muscle strain that is giving me scoliosis (?) [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on May 18, 2012 - 10 answers

To push or not to push?

YANMP (perinatologist) and I will call them but first can someone describe what back labor feels like? [more inside]
posted by ramix on Apr 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Mindfulness-based back pain--help!

I've recently started doing a sitting meditation, and when I do it in a cross-legged position sitting on a cushion, I'm having pain and sort of a numbness in my right mid back. I don't want to stop doing the sitting meditation--I'm finding it easier to meditate in a sitting position--but it hurts, and I'm worried I'm going to injure myself. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Mar 30, 2012 - 25 answers

Back pain from lifting/bending over -- help!

I appeared to have developed a bad back here in my 20s. What can I do? Will it get better and how? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Mar 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Owmyback

Do I need a a doctor, chiropractor, or morphine dealer? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Feb 24, 2012 - 20 answers

Strange Upper Back Tingling

Strange Upper Back Tingling [more inside]
posted by telsa on Feb 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Need a crash course in ergonomics.

Advice and a crash course regarding ergonomics (and, to a lesser degree, posture) needed for a young web worker with a Macbook Pro and some signs of RSI. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jan 16, 2012 - 13 answers

What kind of doctor should I see about my sore neck and back?

What kind of doctor should I see about my neck and back pain? I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve or muscular. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jan 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Botox for back pain

Have you had Botox injections for back/neck spasms and pain? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jan 14, 2012 - 2 answers

"8: I am experiencing a disturbing amount of pain. I might actually be dying. Please help."

Can you help me cope with my utterly terrible back and leg pain? I'm at my wits end, so I'm looking for any and all suggestions - physical or mental. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Dec 7, 2011 - 43 answers

Help! I think twisted my back out of alignment again after a chiropractic adjustment and they're closed for the weekend!

Help! I think twisted my back out of alignment again after a chiropractic adjustment and they're closed for the weekend! Also, any advice about constant lower back pain? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Oct 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Bent but not broken, cracked but not croakin'?

Yesterday, as I was bending over to plug something in, I sneezed really hard and popped about 4 vertebrae all at once right in the middle of my back. Right in the spot where I carry all my tension. It felt absolutely amazing and a little dangerous. Is it possible to safely and regularly replicate that release of tension on my own, say once a day? How?
posted by carsonb on Sep 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Back pain and fun exercises for prevention

Help me prevent long term low pack pain/sprains with activities more fun than typical stretching and exercise. [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on Aug 22, 2011 - 6 answers

What's causing my joint pain?

Help me work out the cause of joint pain over the last two weeks. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Alexander or Acupuncture?

If you've tried Alexander technique or acupuncture for neck or back pain, did they work? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jul 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Help with back pain

I'm a 25 year old guy and quite tall (6'6). I often sit down for much of the workday. I also bike and walk everywhere (I don't drive). In recent weeks I've been experiencing some back pain. This evening, upon leaving work, I began experiencing the worst sustained back pain I've ever felt. Hard to bend over, painful to walk, or do much of anything. It has been hurting for 3 hours now. I'm going to call the doc tomorrow, but does anyone know of a good mattress to buy for such an ailment? (Mine is awful, sags in the middle, etc.) Or anything else I can do?
posted by LeonBernstein on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Why does my lower back hurt?

Why does my lower back hurt and what can I do about it? I took a trip to Asia 2 days ago, and now while laying down my lower back (and hips) is incredibly painful, but other times it doesn't hurt. It feels like it's being pulled apart when I lay down in ANY position. It seemed like the plane trip is somehow what aggravated it.
posted by Patrick Leo on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

What do you know about back injuries/treatments/etc?

Back injury = drugs, discs, and MRIs?? Oh my! [more inside]
posted by itsacover on May 12, 2011 - 23 answers

Help me with my decorating issues!

Please help me find a desk chair that will help ease my lower back pain and look pretty, too! [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on May 6, 2011 - 9 answers

YANAD/YANMD – Was I mis-diagnosed?

Last Thursday and Friday I had really bad pain in my back on the right side, in the middle – just about where the ribcage ends. I had a low-grade fever on Friday evening. On Saturday morning I decided that the pain was bad enough to necessitate a trip to an Urgent Care facility, as my doctor does not have weekend hours. [more inside]
posted by sleepykitties on Apr 26, 2011 - 11 answers

and when you're only 23 it's not attractive to complain about your sore back

I have pain in my neck/shoulder. It's partially from computer use but becomes most intense when I draw. I need advice on better ergonomic setups as well as safe exercises I could do to strengthen those muscles, or anything else I might do to reduce this sort of pain. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Mar 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Crippling, baffling upper-back pain

Hey, for the third time in the last ten years or so the same part of my upper back has decided to cause me a spectacular amount of pain and discomfort for the last five days or so. The pain is all on the right side of my upper back, going up my neck to the base of my skull, accompanied with numbness in my shoulder and all down my right tricep, sometimes all the way down to my fingers. Along with the pain I'm nauseous half the time, possibly as a result of the pain itself. Sleeping, working and doing anything at all beyond moaning is really difficult, and the application of heat and cold has only helped temporarily. Last time I just took over-the-counter back meds for a week until I could get off the couch, and then a bit later went to a chiropractor who identified a problem in my upper spine and assured me he could fix it if I came around every week for the next 20 years and signed over my paycheque. This time I'm going to go to a proper doctor, but can anyone take a guess at what may be wrong and what sort of doctor I should try to see? Thanks!
posted by Antexit on Mar 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Yarrrrr, my spine be curved, and so be my chair?

I switched jobs about a month ago, and since then, my back has been killing me. Help me be more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 21, 2011 - 15 answers

My neck, my back... (they both hurt, not THAT song)

Help me end my intense back and neck pain and figure out the best way to go about doing it! [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Jan 3, 2011 - 10 answers

I am looking for the best information about hip flexibility.

I am looking for a web site or book that someone here can recommend detailing ALL major stretches for the hips and lower body that also shows anatomical diagrams of exactly what is being stretched by the stretches. I have seen some good stuff on the net, but i am looking for a complete list with anatomical diagrams. If it is only hips, thats OK too. Thank You. [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Dec 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Step = ow!

What can I do for my lower back pain while I'm traveling in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by ManyNinjas on Nov 22, 2010 - 7 answers

You gotta be kidney me!

Lower achy back pain: something actually wrong with the spine or something with the kidneys? I know YANMD and I AM frantically trying to get an appointment, just...anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Oct 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Lower back pain + new week-long teaching gig. Help?

Intense lower back pain, and he's going to be flying out of town and standing all day (teaching) in a relatively new job all next week. It's Saturday, and he leaves for Rochester tomorrow. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Sep 11, 2010 - 27 answers

Have you had any experience with herniated disc back surgery? What should I expect?

Hey everybody, I asked about my leg pain/sciatica and got a lot of helpful answers last time. This is a followup on the same topic. I recently got an MRI back that says I have "There is a large extradural mass extending posterior to the L4-5 or L5-S1 intervertebral discs most likely L5-S1. This likely reflects an extruded disc fragment from a disc herniation. There is extensive effacement of the right S-1 nerve root. This extends up to the level of the L4-5 disc. Diffuse central disc bulging is present at L3-4. No compression fractures or other bony abnormalities are identified." My chiropractor said that I have the next to worse kind of herniated disc and that it is "leaking" and putting pressure on the nerve. He was anti-surgery last time, but after seeing the MRI said that is pretty much my only treatment option at this point for relief. I am having horrible leg pain and am on pain killers pretty consistently. I am mildly freaked out about surgery, but I need to get back on track with my life. Please help me get a better understanding if you have any experience. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 on Jun 8, 2010 - 20 answers

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