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to wonder how i can hurt quite so much when there is nothing wrong with me?

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AtYourCervix Tue 23-Aug-11 20:54:06

knackered my back in January. It has hurt more or less ever since despite exercise, physio, osteopath and drugs.

I had an MRI last month and it appears there is absolutely nothing wrong with me (except minor wear and tear, hmm Minor?????)

SO why the fucking hell does it still hurt?

It hurts if I move around as normal. It hurts if I rest. It hurts if I exercise. It hurts if I take drugs or not. Some days are better than others. Mostly I function but I am stiff and achy and have to e very careful how I move and every time I stop I sieze up and it hurts more when I try to get going again. I am like an old person and have to heave myself up from chairs or bed.

I haven't slept through the night since January. I wake up every time I turn over.

Ouch and ARGH!

GypsyMoth Tue 23-Aug-11 20:55:15

Ate you overweight?

fishandlilacs Tue 23-Aug-11 20:56:36

Get thee to a decent osteopath and get some treatment. Theres so much about backs that is not understood by "mainstream" doctors.

GypsyMoth Tue 23-Aug-11 20:56:45


AnyFucker Tue 23-Aug-11 20:57:06

You have mechanical back pain

It hurts like fuck, but there is nothing organically wrong

I sympathise, I have it too but to a much lesser degree. I know what causes mine...poor posture, the job I do, advancing age and lack of general fitness.

OrganicFreeRangeBoys Tue 23-Aug-11 21:00:00

My mum had the same thing.

Her doctor told her she was depressed and it was all in her head! Stupid arse!

After going to a chiropractor I had to call an ambulance for her because she physically couldn't move and was screaming in pain. Don't know what he did to her.

She did say it got a whole lot better after she had a hysterectomy though.

Hope you find out what it is and get better soon.

OrganicFreeRangeBoys Tue 23-Aug-11 21:01:01

Or it could have been an osteopth. Not sure now.

Tee2072 Tue 23-Aug-11 21:01:47

There are a lot of other joint issues that can present in the back. I have bursitis in my left hip and it often radiates up my back and down my leg.

Go to a physiotherapist and have them test all of your joints. Not just your back.

didyouseewhatshedid Tue 23-Aug-11 21:03:39

Regular swimming? I hear that is good for bad backs. Helps with my arthritis.

AtYourCervix Tue 23-Aug-11 21:05:10

I've done osteopath - improved it to a point but no further.

Posture not too bad (years of ballet)

I am fat. I have tried not being fat. It doesn't work very well

years of nursing (and battling DD2) have broken me. Job now is active but not so heavy.

susiedaisy Tue 23-Aug-11 21:05:41

So glad I am not the only one, sorry, have had non specific lower back pain ( physios phrase not mine) since begin of summer, and it still bloody hurts, sharp nauseating pain that strikes any time anywhere Physio,pain killers, exercise and still in pain and off work, but like you op have been told it's just my age my job and wear and tear, it's miserablesad

Empusa Tue 23-Aug-11 21:06:29

I have exactly the same problem sad It is hell.

The only thing I've found the works is diclofenac and co-codomal.

AtYourCervix Tue 23-Aug-11 21:07:40

can't even take decent drugs without reacting hideously.

susiedaisy Tue 23-Aug-11 21:07:55

Another Nhs worker here, years of active heavy work load!!

shakey1500 Tue 23-Aug-11 21:07:58

I agree with getting all your joints tested. YANBU by the way, I sympathise. I have oesteo arthritis in both hips, most days I'm ok and can function well but if I've had a heavy couple of days it hurts like a bastard.

slightlyoversharing Tue 23-Aug-11 21:08:07


I have DD1 who is 12 and has ongoing problems with an ankle. Physio, x-rays, ultrasound, MRI and they can find NOTHING wrong.

Was back at hospital and the consultant poked the 2 same places and DD nearly had to be pulled off the ceiling with the pain.

Consultant agrees she is definitely in pain, there is definitely something going on but they don't know what it is hmm and suggests specialist physio.

It's miserable.

GypsyMoth Tue 23-Aug-11 21:08:17

I asked about weight cos when I lost some.... A few stone, my back pain went. Amazing it was! Lots of general aches, heartburn, all disappeared with a good weight loss.

FabbyChic Tue 23-Aug-11 21:09:21

I know it is hard but my back would cause me no end of stress just walking the dog, I found it hard to move off of the chair and get out of bed it was like that for months.

I lost two stone, the back pain ceased.

Kladdkaka Tue 23-Aug-11 21:09:44

Heated massage chair, the god of bad backs.

Empusa Tue 23-Aug-11 21:10:02

sad That's awful.

I'm off the drugs right now myself, pregnancy + drugs = not good.

Forgot how much difference they made to my back.

Wish they could find something wrong, there might be a solution then. sad

talkingnonsense Tue 23-Aug-11 21:11:38

And it sounds mad, but have they checked that your legs are the same length? Heard about that from someone on here I think.

AnyFucker Tue 23-Aug-11 21:12:39

ah, you are overweight

sorry to say this, but all the other measures will have limited effect if that is the case

how overweight are you ?

2 stone plus and you are asking for trouble, really

you know that , though x

AnyFucker Tue 23-Aug-11 21:13:15

TN, good call

YoungishBag Tue 23-Aug-11 21:13:21

My spine is curved pretty badly and I have two bones in my neck fused together.

The docs offered to break my pelvis and reset it with some sort of cement. I said no as i will have to Have it done around 60 anyway. I've also had osteopathic and chiropractic treatment.

Nothing works as good as walking in fit flops all summer and fit flop mukluks in winter, a heated wheat bag on my lower back, an electric blanket, avoiding pmt by taking herbal supplements, a massager cushion. And very occasional anti inflammatories.

Core stability exercises good too, and squats to improve leg muscles as they're good for supporting the weight (I'm 14 stone).

Good luck.

AtYourCervix Tue 23-Aug-11 21:13:50

i could do with losing a stone (or 4) but short of cutting off a leg or 2 it appears to be impossible.

I try.

story of my life - must try harder.

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