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I have been on pain meds. For 6yrs.I have lower back pain, right leg pain/numbness and it seems my whole right side is worse?

I have been on pain meds. For 6yrs.I have lower back pain, right leg pain/numbness and it seems my whole right side is worse?

If your back pain: Is increasing and you are not getting better i would recommend visiting a spine doc or pain doc to see what else can be done. Chronic pain med use is often worse than the back problem itself. Treatments can include therapy, steroids, cortisone injections, bracing and surgery. If it is getting worse definitely see a spine doc or orthopaedist. ...Read more

Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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Urg.Care ord. Meds for lower ab & back pain suggested sonogram to check for ov cysts.Seemed to have temporary ab swelling.Wait or test? Feeling better

Urg.Care ord. Meds for lower ab & back pain suggested sonogram to check for ov cysts.Seemed to have temporary ab swelling.Wait or test? Feeling better

Good idea: If you are having increased lower abdominal discomfort and an ultrasound was recommended, it's always a good idea to follow through. Ultrasounds confer no radiation and are very safe. If there was a cyst there or something on ovary, you definitely would want to know about it at age 52. Get the ultrasound so you can be reassured that everything is okay. Good luck! ...Read more

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Left lower back pain relief. No meds please. What can I do?

Back pain: It could be muscles or the joints if the pain is not radiating to the legs. Any tingling, numbness or weakness means a pinched nerve. Localized pain is most likely muscular and should get better with heat/ice, local ointments such as ben-gay, massage or exercise and stretching. Regular gentle aerobics or swimming is the beat exercise. ...Read more

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Any OTC med replace methocarbamol 500mg? lower back pain, X-ray's 4 month ago, dr said I need this. Pain back do I need go back dr or can take OTC med

Any OTC med replace methocarbamol 500mg? lower back pain, X-ray's 4 month ago, dr said I need this. Pain back do I need go back dr or can take OTC med

Return to doctor: If the doctor has determined that you are best treated with prescription methocarbamol for your back condition then, it is much wiser to return to the doctor if things are not working out instead of self medicating with OTC meds and allowing your condition (whatever's causing the pain) to progress unbeknownst to the doctor. That would be a classic example of exactly HOW NOT TO TREAT YOURSELF. ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain and the doctor does not want to do surgery. He has also cut my pain meds. What should I do?

I have severe lower back pain and the doctor does not want to do surgery. He has also cut my pain meds. What should I do?

Few steps: First, get all records and find another physician. Second, make sure that you have correct diagnoses. 3d, discuss frankly with a new physician why you want the surgery. Many causes of back pain can be treated conservatively and with physical therapy. Experienced orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon can guide you. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain, both sides down to buttocks.Can't sit, or straighten back tried nsaids & pain meds, nothin helps lying down ok, hard to get up?

Severe lower back pain, both sides down to buttocks.Can't sit, or straighten back tried nsaids & pain meds, nothin helps lying down ok, hard to get up?

Low back pain: The pain you describe may be related to the lumbar spine or the pelvis and hips. I would recommend a visit to a neurosurgeon or spine specialist who may recommend physical therapy, pain management or an imaging study to evaluate and treat the pain. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain to butt down thigh & leg for 7 myths & now right couple days PRESCRIPTION MEDS NOT WORKING ?

A pinched nerve or m: This may be a pinched nerve, a muscle, a facet joint problem to name a few. You need to have your physicians get you evaluated with- back X-rays, MRI. you may need back injections ...Read more

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How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?

How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?

Physical Dependence: Is not addiction and is a normal consequence of chronic opiate use. Addiction is marked by compulsive and uncontrolled use with preoccupation and adverse consequences. A withdrawal syndrome with discontinuation does not imply addiction. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Non-opiates like muscle relaxants and snri's can help reduce your reliance on opiates to a limited extent. ...Read more

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28 yo. Chronic left lower back pain. Stretching etc isn't enough. I don't like to take meds like aleve (naproxen) everyday....I'm only 28...should I? Long term?

28 yo. Chronic left lower back pain. Stretching etc isn't enough. I don't like to take meds like aleve (naproxen) everyday....I'm only 28...should I? Long term?

Uncover causation: Prior to attempting to self treat a chronic issue, it is far better to see a physician and find out why you are experiencing such symptoms. Then, appropriate therapy will allow remission. But, if you need to explore this further on this site, suggest a Concierge appt. ...Read more

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What meds can be taken for chronic lower back pain (2 annular tears, ruptured disc) for someone who is trying to stop prescribed Percoset & Norco?

What meds can be taken for chronic lower back pain (2 annular tears, ruptured disc) for someone who is trying to stop prescribed Percoset & Norco?

Back pain: Please do not make any medication changes w/out seeing your doctor. Beyond that, do a net search for John Sarno, MD, who has a good mind-body way of dealing w/pain. One of his books is called "The Divided Mind" and is a good one but there are others. Peace and good health. Consider a HT virtual consult w/a doc who is familiar w/this approach. ...Read more

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Chronic lower back pain. Had l5/s1 microdisc. 4 years ago that made me worse. Tried pain meds & pt. Nothing helps. Disabled. Depressed. New options?

See a psychiatrist: Depression is very common with chronic pain, and can worsen pain. Psychiatrists know how to help you with that. You may benefit from seeing both a pain medicine physician and a psychiatrist working together to help you. There are helpful medications for depression, and also psychotherapies that are very effective. These combinations can be helpful, if you participate. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, spasms, hurt bending coming back up about a week ago. No better; which med Mobic, (meloxicam) Flexeril or Tyl/codeine? Take 0.5 Ativan 1 a day.

Lower back pain, spasms, hurt bending coming back up about a week ago.  No better; which med Mobic, (meloxicam) Flexeril or Tyl/codeine? Take 0.5 Ativan 1 a day.

Talk to your doctor : Typically non-steroidals and rest is best. No heavy lifting. Conservative treatment over several weeks. ...Read more

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Fell on my coccyx 1 yr ago.accentuated angulation as MRI.cant sit straight.numbness in the end of tights.lower back pain.med reduce pain but no heal?

Fell on my coccyx 1 yr ago.accentuated angulation as MRI.cant sit straight.numbness in the end of tights.lower back pain.med reduce pain but no heal?

Inject: The two more aggressive options are usually to consider an injection into the tailbone itself of cortisone, which can sometimes help rather dramatically; or to surgically excise the tip of the tailbone. ...Read more

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I'm 38 year old female. High bmi. I have severe breast pain mid cycle. Lower back pain, headaches. Meds. Glucophage (metformin).

I'm 38 year old female. High bmi. I have severe breast pain mid cycle. Lower back pain, headaches. Meds. Glucophage (metformin).

Hormonal : With the limited information you provided it sounds like you have premenstrual syndrome. Certain foods and lifestyle can make the symptoms worse but there are things that might help. Avoid caffeine and chocolate to help breast pain. Low carb diet and eating small, frequent meals with adequate protein and fat to control blood sugar will help headaches. Weight loss is important. ...Read more

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Left lower back pain?

Left lower back pain?

Vague: Left low back pain. Radiate into leg? Most painful movement ? Injury ? Illness ? Sudden ? Long time ? Age ? With just the question to go on, what is likely in the left lower back area with no leg radiation ? Could be your left sacroiliac joint or your left l5s1 facet joint or even early shingles. ...Read more

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What cause lower back pain ?

Many reasons: Local infection, muscular strain/ sprain, ruptured disc, facet impingement, spondylolisthesis, sacro-iliac dysfnctn, lumbar stenosis, cauda equina syndrome, pyriformis syndrome. See doctor and evaluate all of these possibilities. ...Read more

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Lower back pain how to stop?

Lower back pain how to stop?

Stretch: There are many causes of low back pain. Usually acute back or hip pain will improve over 1-2 weeks with anti-inflammatories, gentle streching, and use of heat/ice. If your pain does not improve or gets worse you should contact your physician. ...Read more

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What causes lower back pain?

Back: Obesity, improper posture while sitting or standing, prolongued sleeping among the most common causes. ...Read more

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How to help lower back pain?

How to help lower back pain?

Conservative first.: Big question. Whole books are written on this subject alonbe. Conservative treatments like pt, exercise, ice/heat, short rest, are all good for mild acute pain. But if pain becomes severe or chronic, then you need to find out what is wrong. Prescription meds, injections in different areas of the spine are viable options. Don't jump into surgery. ...Read more

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What causes lower back pain?

What causes lower back pain?

Many different cause: Most common cause being muscular - muscle spasm due to poor posture, injury, overuse, etc.
Also other local causes such as inflammation of the joints between vertebrae, nerve impingement, discus degeneration, etc.
Referred pain may also cause back pain for example bowel, bladder or kidney disorders. Also bursitis of your greater trochanter (side of your hip bone), or even the hip itself.
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Lower back pain, what gives?

Diagnosis: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any neurologic issues like numbness in the legs, no muscle weakness, no fever, no urinary pain, fever, genital discharge, acute trauma, insect bites, etc
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Lower back pain, what to do?

Osteoarthritis: This may be osteoarthritis of lower spine causing pressure on the roots of the nerves that come out between the vertebrae.
Anti-inflammatories will help but take with food.
See your doctor if no improvement. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on left side?

Lower back pain on left side?

Probably your muscle: Usually lower back pain is due to muscle strain that should improve with gently stretching the back, giving the muscle some rest (but remain active if you can!), and using an over the counter pain reliever / anti-inflammatory. If the pain becomes severe or does not start to improve, or if it's accompanied by other symptoms, you should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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How to stop lower back pain ?

Get exam: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any neurologic issues like numbness in the legs, no muscle weakness, no fever, no urinary pain, fever, genital discharge, acute trauma, insect bites, etc
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What causes lower back pain ?

What causes lower back pain  ?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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