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Low Back Pain - A story of struggle - Please Help
« on: January 20, 2009, 10:41:12 PM »
Steve,
  I came upon this forum and I am trying all avenues at this point. Here is my story:
About a year and a  half ago I started to feel excessive tightness and tingling on my right side, I had to pop my right ankle constantly, an uncomfortable pop. As time went on, a warm discomfort started in the lower extremity of my back. In about 4 months, that discomfort then changed into a painful dull aching lower back, with the lower back so tight that it had almost a bruised feeling to it. Both legs took on sciatic symptoms with small but continuous spasms in the legs and hamstrings beyond tight. My knees pop all the time now, which I have been told was suggestive of the arthritic condition brought on by whatever is afflicting me and the pain also radiates a bit to the upper back. I have seen orthopedists, physiatrists, pain management dr.s, and a rheumatologist (I live in DC and these are well reputed doctors). None have had the forward thinking to try to actually put forward an opinion on the actual issue and its potential causes, they just try to treat its effects. The back discomfort is constant, particularly at the very tip of my back. I am a 27 year old man, I have played a lot of basketball in my life and my posture has never been great. I also put on a lot of upper body weight in college and was not responsible about also building up my core and lower back muscles during that time, however I have been dilligent about building up my core for the past 7 months.

I have tried:
epidural steroid injections in my lower back and sacroiliac joint and trigger point injections in my hip, some chiro adjustments, some massaging, the DRX spinal decompression machine treatment, 7 months of physical therapy, ice, heat, stretching and anti inflams

I'm a young guy and this is ruining my life. As of right now, the doctors agreed with my thoughts that my sacrum was hypermobile and it might be causing or also exist alongside a sacroiliac issue. Any thoughts on roots of the issue and treatments would be greatly welcome and appreciated[/u][/u]. Right now I am wondering if more agressive alignment adjustments might be a key, it kills me to wonder if some small adjustment was done, it might alleviate all the discomfort.

***I can also produce a strange crack like a large scale knuckle crack on my right side basically where the curve of my right buttock begins when I lift my right leg back as high as I can. Also I now feel the need to constantly pop my back by twisting right or left, and it always is extremely tight.

Pls let me know if I was unclear on anything.

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Re: Low Back Pain - A story of struggle - Please Help
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009, 12:19:17 AM »
Hi Alex, it sounds to me you are locked up in the hips and pelvis and a compensation for all the unbalancing upper body work and lack of core strengthening. I would be confident you could get good and instant relief by working on this area using a solid rubber all or tennis ball targeting the key hot points. My self treatment program will show you exactly how to do this and along with the SLM Yoga for getting more balance to the muscles in your overall body you should be amazed at the results. This is about treating the cause and not just symptoms which it sounds like the others have been doing.

Sounds simple I know but I'll bet no one has ever suggested this approach before. If you decide to go with the program we can consult in the private members forum for more specific intsruction. www.backpain.com.au/help

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Steve

alex

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Re: Low Back Pain - A story of struggle - Please Help
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009, 11:56:58 AM »
Thanks very much for your quick response Steve. It does seem simplistic but I can give it a try. I'll need to think about purchasing your program. I'll let you know.

alex

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Re: Low Back Pain - A story of struggle - Please Help
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 08:11:06 PM »
Steve,
  One final question - I know where my trigger points are, but am I supposed to roll the ball around or simply sit on the ball on the given trigger point?

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Re: Low Back Pain - A story of struggle - Please Help
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009, 11:06:16 PM »
That is expalined properly in the program Alex but it should be done in conjunction with the SLM Yoga which connects the rest of the body with those changes you make.

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Low Back Pain A story of struggle Please Help
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2009, 03:47:40 AM »
This is a great idea. You can also use the bungee cord to help you stretch like the article sugguests. I used a bungee cord to help with physical therapy on my knee and it really helped strengthen the joint.

 

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