Low Back Pain

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kriket, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. kriket

    kriket New Member

    Hey all-

    Was just wondering if anyone else suffers from horrid low back pain upon stadning for more than a few minutes. If I bend forward my low back pops and crackles, it's just gross... I recently went to an Extreme Makeover Home Edition because it was in my area, and NO chairs were alllowed. I stood for 4 hrs and almost passed out !! I have been in bed every since.. I also have been a massage therapist for 11 yrs now and have pretty much lost my career due to fibro pain... If anyone knows what might help my low back pain, please share !!! I take pain meds, but they do not touch my low back pain when standing more than 20-30 min... Thanks all

  2. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    I have been having severe back pain too. The only thing that helps me is lying down flat on my back with a heating pad. I have taken motrin and neurotin like candy and they have not done a thing. Give the heating pad a try and rest your back.
  3. luv2float

    luv2float New Member

    I too experience a lot of lower back pains. I have lumps come up the size of golf balls. When I have to be on my feet, I always use a pain patch. I get them at the dollar stores. They last for about 8 hours and really help ease the pain. This, with a few pills, will get me through what I need to do.

    Good luck, I can empathize.
  4. toddm

    toddm New Member

    Have you had OI checked, many of us on here have been tested for dysautonomia or POTS. I get the same back pain with standing and it no longer takes very long to start bother me. It's worth checking into.
  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Have you had a CT or MRI of your lumbar spine? If not, you need one in order to see if your problems are related to anything in your back.

    I also have horrid low back pain. It is so bad, that combined with all of my other back problems, I can not stand for more than 5 minutes, nor walk more than a few steps. I am in a wheelchair because of this pain.

    I have numerous back problems, but in my low spine, or low back, my pain is the worst.

    Does your pain hurt right about your butt area? I didn't know how else to describe where the pain is -- maybe under your belt area in your back ???????

    My sciatic nerve is pinched between L4-L5 & S1, which is real low in my back, around the butt in the back. I have done everything, to no avail. Pain pills do not touch the pain. I sit in a chair with a heating pad on low every night.

    My nephew's wife had the same problem, and she had surgery to correct it -- or to "unpinch" the nerve, I guess. Anyway, she feels fine now -- no pain. I am just not a very good candidate for surgery--too many health problems and a bad heart -- I am 59 yrs old. I might be forced to get it at some point, because right now I am a prisoner in my own house because I am confined to this wheelchair.

    I don't know how in the world you stood on your feet for 4 hrs. at that show taping! If I am standing more than a few minutes, I would probably collapse from the pain--somebody would have to be scraping me off the floor!!

    This pain has nothing to do with fibro--it's all orthopedic back issues and the sciatic nerve.

    Google "sciatic nerve" and read all you can about it to see if it describes your problems.

    Good luck! If you ever find out anything to help you on this problem, please post to me and let me know!! I try everything!!
  6. Pebbles730

    Pebbles730 New Member

    I've got it too! I've had 4 MRI's and they have found buldging disks and pinched nerves found from the EMG. My sciatic acts up constantly. The doc had given me Vicodin to ease the pain because I am allergic to Ibuprophen. It helped but it was not keeping the pain away for long. This time he gave me Skellaxin. I have to say, it was expensive, but for me it was like a miracle drug. I took two pills out of the whole bottle and it totally relieved the pain. I have not had problems since then. He had originally given me Flexeril, but that has got to be one of the worst medicines I had ever taken. It made me suicidal, and I am not a suicidal person. It took a good 48 hrs to get that out of my system, I would never take that again, plus it didn't relieve any pain! But the Skelaxin really worked well for me.
  7. LuvQuilting

    LuvQuilting New Member

    Please go see an ortho dr to diagnose you. There are so many things it could be. Mine turned out to be a ruptured disk and two bulging (in which some movements can make it worse) and also arthritis. I've had two epidural injections into the spine to help with the sciatic pain and she put me on a prescription anti-inflammatory for the arthritis. Nothing is 100% but it's much better and I can go shopping again for more than a half hour.
  8. kriket

    kriket New Member

    I have read all of your replies and appreciate everyone of them. I am now having a sharp shooting pain up the middleof my back and then my whole back just "locks up" It takes my breath away and I almost fall at times.... I am thinking of having an mri done of my low back and hips. My sciatica also really bothers me a lot too...

    Please if anyone deals with this and has any info, to share plz. keep them coming, I reads this every 2-3 days...

    Love Kriket
  9. siteine

    siteine New Member

    I realize that your back pains are severe, but this is an option as well.

    It's not the option for everyone, but it's definitely worth a try. My Chiropractor has changed my back and my life, I seriously had an inappropriate crush on him for a few days because I worshiped him for so called "fixing" me.

    Many people read and hear bad things about chiropractors But if you are like me and the doctors can't find anything wrong with you then this is Def! the option. They may not cure you, but if your back is in a state that the chiropractor is able to work on you then your pain will decrease, and if your back is in a state where the chiropractor cannot work on you then he/she will most likely know what is wrong and send you to a specialist.

    Find one preferably who has a doctor title, been working for many years, and has a reputation for being good with his/her patients.