Lower back issues!

Discussion in 'Injuries and Prevention' started by Sam, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Sam

    Sam Absent-ish member

    Hey Folks,

    Not been around in a while, but this is the first place I think to come with any issues so here I am! Before anyone says it I'm calling the Doctors as soon as the bank holidays are up!

    I noticed some mild pain across my lower back/base of the spine in October....I can't remember a trigger but at the time I was sleeping in very uncomfortable beds and in tents on roll mats. It seemed to get better after the fact, so I thought nothing more of it. I used to notice the pain a lot while kayaking as well which leads me to believe it could be posture related.

    In the last week however I'm walking like a hunched up old granny, have to roll onto my side to get out of bed and can't stand from a seated position without a lot of pain and effort! It aches and hurts constantly.

    In case it's a contributing factor - I have recently gone from a very active working lifestyle, where I was outside from 9am until early evening doing physically challenging outdoor pursuits and now I spend hours at a time, sat in a car driving round the country or in an office. My main forms of (consistent) exercise at present are climbing and running.

    So with all that said....

    Has anyone had anything similar? If so how was it dealt with?

    Can anyone help with any exercises/stretches that I can do?

    And what sort of specialist(s) should I be seeing about this aside from the doctor? Can anyone recommend any reading material?

    I understand no one here can diagnose me but my medical history has taught me that doctors aren't the be all and end all of advice.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. SenseiMattKlein

    SenseiMattKlein Engage, Maverick

    Can literally feel your pain, Sam. Had back surgery in 1992. Been doing preventive exercises ever since. Recommend highly Sarah Key's The Back Sufferer's Bible. It's good. You can get it from Amazon, even on PDF.
    One exercise in particular is very helpful. On your back pull your knees up to your chest, like you're in a ball. Now gently roll forward and back. As you start to straighten your legs a little, you are now mobilizing the joints in the lower spine. This exercise is very helpful to alleviate pain. Good luck.
  3. Kuma

    Kuma Lurking about

    I suffered through back pain off and on for years until I finally broke down and went to a good chiropractor. The differences I see now are enormous, and it's actually interesting to see that it wasn't my back that was actually the problem, but that my hips were actually out of alignment due to jumping out of airplanes in the military and those silly macho stretches we tend to do in the martial arts (i.e. holding a butterfly stretch while your buddy stands on your quads). It took a couple weeks of adjustments (mostly due to me needing more, not him recommending more) but I've been feeling fantastic ever since.
  4. icefield

    icefield Valued Member

    i know you have already said your off to see the doc butI would be very very weary of asking advice, especially where the back is concerned, from guys like me with no medical expereince, even someone whos actually medically trained would probably tell you they cant really recomend anything without first actually evaluating you

    Pain is the bodies way of saying somethings wrong and i wouldnt try to fix it yourself without actually haveing a professional look at it
  5. Moi

    Moi Warriors live forever x

    Ive just been down the Kuma type route if that involves alignment etc: last of my family to do so. First place I'd go for a bad back
  6. Sam

    Sam Absent-ish member

    Thank you for the responses so far everyone and I'm glad to see that you guys have had some positive results :) I shall let you know the outcome of the appointment.

    Good advice Icefield and some I would even give myself. As I briefly mentioned in my original post, I am always wary of taking any one persons advice (trained professional or not) due to being given misinformation, and having been misdiagnosed in the past.

    That's not to say I write off the Doctors....far from it. I know they are the first logical step to a fix. I just like to know what I could be expecting, before I listen to another human where my health is concerned and MAP has a wide range of experience that can be drawn upon from people a lot more in the kno than me. I like to be prepared! :p

    Thanks again.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010

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