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The pain you're describing is a possible disk herniation at the L3/L4 disk area. You can further determine it if the pain goes past the hip, across your thigh and stops at the… inside of your knee. In such cases, if it's been more than a week, at the very least you need to get a facet injection or an epidural to relieve the inflammation, but also either an MRI or CT to determine the extent of the problem and the underlying cause. Regardless though, the pain indicated is usually disk related - it just depends on where the pain originates and how far it goes. Sciatic nerve pain (from herniation of the L5/S1 or L4/5 disks) tends to radiate laterally to the hips, but also down the back of the legs. The L3/4 disk nerve though, is unmistakeable - it originates along the side of the spine just below the middle of the back, goes down the spine, across the waist and across the hip, then across the thigh until it stops at the inside of the knee. Use the Interactive Spinal Chart at the link below to help determine which disk is giving you problems. If the pain is irritating this nerve path, you need to see a Neurosurgeon (not necessarily for surgery - they're just the most qualified to diagnose and help you since they deal with it every day) ASAP. 1. Stay off your feet and get as much rest as possible. 2. Take an anti-inflammatory to reduce the swelling and muscle spasms 3. Don't sit if you can avoid it (sitting is the worst position for your back other than standing) 4. When you're lying down, lie on your side in a fetal position, with a cushion/pillow between your knees and one behind your lower back, and one in front of you to hug. The one between the knees keeps pressure off the lumbar area; behind the back keeps you from rolling over onto your back, which is a bad position also; and the one to hug keeps you from rolling onto your stomach, which also puts pressure on the lower spine. If you have to sleep on your back, make sure your legs are raised to the point where your lower back is flat on the bed. Your legs should be in a "Z", like a sitting position only lying on your back. Sofa cushions are usually big enough to put under your legs. Alternatively, you can lie on your back with your legs on the sofa, with the back of your legs against the front of the sofa. I've spent many hours like that when lying in bed wasn't helping. Sometimes a hard, flat surface is required to get all pressure off the spine. Aside from the nerve pain, you'll also be hit with severe muscle spasms from the trauma that's caused. This tightens up the entire area, making the pain even worse. Normally a doctor will prescribe a good muscle relaxer like Flexeril, but Valium (or Valerian Root, if you like herbal alternatives) works also - anything to relax your body. If the pain continues past 3-5 days, then the damage is probably bad enough to require an epidural or facet injection (local or target steroid injection) to reduce the disk swelling. The problem though is that they take time to schedule, as it's considered a minor surgical procedure; as such, by the time your appointment comes up the pain is usually gone anyway. Anything scheduled more than 3-5 days is worthless, unless you're at a point you can't walk, but in such cases they'll usually get you in ASAP anyway. If they can't get you in, ask your doctor for a course of Prednisone, or a steroid dosepak - they work just as good in a pinch (no pun intended). Prior to my last spinal operation, I had to use Prednisone for about 8 weeks to keep the inflammation down just so the opiates could work. Pain Meds - at some point, if you don't have any (or you've already used up what you have) you'll be screaming for some kind of painkiller. If they've determined you've got a disk problem, you'll usually get at least a couple of weeks or a month worth, but if it persists, you'll need something to counter the impression you're just looking for more drugs, which unfortunately is something all people with real pain must deal with. You should start a Pain Diary right now - you can download one at the Partners Against Pain link below. One thing to always remember - if you go in to see a doctor, or go to a hospital, and you have real pain, don't immediately start asking for painkillers or you'll likely be tagged a 'drug seeker' and won't be taken seriously, even if you have a real problem. It sucks, but until things change it's the way things are in the medical world right now. I've been a formal Pain Management patient for my spinal problems for 11 years now and I've seen the worst the profession has. I've also been tagged a DS by a doctor who was subbing for my regular doctor, and when I had a real emergent problem (my cervical disks at C5/6/7 were flattened). That bitch nearly caused me to have my left arm permanently paralyzed, and I didn't even know she had done that until I finally saw another doctor and nurse who knew my history very well. It was so bad I literally had to drop everything to have surgery done. If you're referred to a Neurosurgeon (don't go to an Orthopedist, they know squat about nerves) you'll probably be asked to fill out a Pain Assessment form anyway, which is part of a pain diary. By starting to document your pain now, you'll be in a better position later if you need pain meds, as real pain is difficult to fake, as is a pain diary. Pain is subjective; what may be excruciating for you might be nothing to me, so a diary also helps the doctor see how the pain is affecting you relative to your documented symptoms in the diary, and what you've done to care for yourself. OTC Meds - there are 3 OTC meds that I use when I don't feel the need to take any Percocet (I use 10/325's, about 150 per month, and they're not my primary pain med): 1. Bayer Back and Body Aspirin - works fast. 2. Tylenol E/S Rapid Release Gel-Caps - because I use so much Percocet (I've used the same amount for about 13 years now) and Percocet is a combination of Tylenol and Oxycodone (where 10 is the Oxy and 325 is the Tylenol amount) I don't use Tylenol unless I feel that adding to what I'm already taking will help. These work the fastest. 3. Aleve - Aleve is Naproxen in non-prescription form. Prescription dose is 500mg, and you have to use it for a couple of days to get any benefit. It's the one NSAID that doesn't have any problems like the others, aside from things like constipation. Always take it with food and a lot of liquid. If you're not prescribed prescription Naproxen, or if you need it and don't have any, Aleve is a great substitute. Just remember to take enough for prescription dosage. Heat Heat therapy has always worked for me. Some use ice, but cold makes me worse. There are a couple of things you can use: 1. Salonpas Patches - I've used these for years. 20 years ago you could only find them in an Asian market, just like Tiger Balm, but you can get them at Wal-Mart or on the 'net now. Great for targeted nerve pain. 2. Thermophore Heat Pad - If you've ever been to a Chiropractor, you've probably used one; most of them started using them a few years ago, though I've been using them for almost 20 years. It's an instant moist heat pad - the flannel covering draws moisture from the air and the body. You can get it with a timer switch or one you have to hold down. You can find them at some pharmacies (usually ones near medical offices or hospitals) or you an order one from the Thermophore site at the link below. The "Standard" (14"x27") is the best size. Staying off of your feet can't be stressed enough. Like most of us, you'll probably need to go to a doctor to get a note for your employer who still has a kindergarten mentality when it comes to sick leave. The more you stay on your feet or sit, the longer it will take to heal.
In most of cases - Yes!
It's not spinal stenosis - stenosis does not cause that type of pain, though it can lead to other problems that can cause it. In addition to stenosis, disk problems for over 2…0 years, 3 major spinal operations, I also have a specific hereditary problem that led to my condition and degeneration. I've been in formal Pain Mgt for over 10 years, requiring the strongest opiates. I have had disk herniations and pain occur and reoccur many times over the years. Certain disks press on certain nerves that can be traced by the pain, determining the origin of the nerve being compressed. You have 1 or 2 potential problems, depending on how far up the pain is on your back, or if you've had a specific injury recently or you play contact sports. If the pain is sharp and you can follow it with your finger, what you likely have is a herniated disk at the L3/L4 disk or L4/L5 disk, most likely the L3/L4. The other is there's an offchance you might have more than one. The best way to determine which disk is by tracing the rout of the nerve pain. If it's down the back of the leg it's in the lower vertebrae, L5-S1. L3 and L4 pain will radiate from the middle of the back, down to the waist, across the hip of one side, across the side of the leg, across the thigh and finally stopping at the inside knee, depending on the severity of the problem. If the upper pain is in the shoulder area it's likely unrelated. If it's within a foot of the waistline just above the buttocks, offcenter of the spine itself, then it's likely related to the disk causing the leg pain as the pain normally traces the nerve path. In any event, you need to get to you doctor ASAP, and cease any lifting over a few pounds. You also need to start reducing the inflammation to get the disk to retract into the membrane. My 2 favorite non prescription meds are Bayer Back and Body Aspirin, and Tylenol Rapid Release geltabs. Start tracking your pain as well - severity on a 1-10 scale (10 being unbearable), the location (draw a simple body picture and note the location), the time of day it occurs or if it's constant, what you're doing if it gets worse, anything. It will help you later on when you see a doctor. You can also get those forms (Pain diaries) at Http://www.painfoundation.org.
Pain above the waist on the right side of the back is most probably a kidney stone, although that is not the only possibility. A test of your urine, to check for elevated leve…ls of red blood cells, can find out if this is actually a kidney stone. Most kidney stones will pass without medical intervention, but it is always a good idea to increase the amount of fluids you are drinking, to assist this process. More drinking leads to more urination, which helps to flush out the kidney stone.
What could be the cause of pain in your upper back that radiates up your neck and around your scapula and also pain in the right shoulder that pops with certain movements?
One view: It may be the suboccipital pain. One view: I was told mine was a build up of uric acid around my muscles and joints. One view: There are a lot of muscles behind a…nd around your shoulder blades. There are also muscles between your shoulder blade (scapula) and your spine that can be in contraction (spasm.) Your "lat" muscles can pull on your shoulder, too. And your chest muscles may be tight and pulling on the muscles of your back. From the way you describe the "popping" it sounds like you have some muscles that are a little "too tight." My first choice for releasing or relaxing these muscles is massage--massage can work the quickest. Stretching the short front muscles in your chest and strengthening the muscles in your back can also help. Also stretch the fronts of your arms. When you stretch, stretch thoughtfully and gently.
If you have pain in your right lower abdomen area and sometimes it aches around you back on the right side what can this be?
Answer It could be several things. First things first, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. It's always the best bet. Now, let's see. It could be a proble…m with your kidneys, they are in your lower back, how old are you...could be kidney stones, but I doubt it. Could just be lower back pain, do you do frequent or recent strenuous labor from bending over or lifting lots of weight? Also, it could be your appendix. This is a serious problem, that if left untreated for very long could be life threatening. Don't wait, seek professional medical treatment.
Possible it could be your appendix. I would try the "WebMD" website or consult your physician.
Pain in the lower back on the right hand side can be attributed to a herniated disc, sciatica, muscle strain or a urinary tract infection. Such pain may also be caused by …spinal stenosis or joint dysfunction. If the situation does not improve, it would be best to seek medical advice.
It may be your ovaries, or it could be that you are simply not driking enough water, try drinking water and cranberry juice to flush out your kidneys. It can also be a pulled …muscle. Try applying bengay to it, and see if it alleviates the pain.
kidney stones, if its radiating pain and it comes and goes.
Kidney infectionHerniated discSciaticaKidney stoneStrain If your back pain cases are spinal problems you should start simple exercises to improve your back condition.
i have pain upper right side below ribs,also lots of tenderness in back right side.
Think of what are you doing lately. Work on a computer ? Weight... healthy lifestyle... cholesterol control, blood pressure. pillows too high or too low... toilet just onc…e a day or less.. eat fiber, enough water ? Problem on the vertebral column ? Have you taken a X-Ray of the column lately ? Stress related to familiar issues....relax....medicines taken lately...
Probably muscle strain and/or fatigue. Simply doing light stretches should bring down the pain, also drink lots of water and use a heating pad. If it continues, I would get it… checked by a doctor to be safe.
yes it can
It depends where you are moving your leg and how flexible you are. If you walk and end up screaming in pain at the same time, I suggest you visit a docor. Or call 911.