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Old 09-19-2006, 09:45 AM   #1
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Sluggish lower back problem?

I really hope this doesn't sound like any whinging or moaning, I am more curious concerning my pesky little "problemino" in my lower back, my weak spot. It is nothing like incapacitating or torturous, just annoying. I have been always plagued by it as far back as I can remember, even when I was growing up. I don't feel a pain but it is very often sort of limp and stiff at the same time, the worst is when I try to get up from the bed, even when I am already wide awake it takes all of my will power to lift myself, because the lower back feels just like an overcooked noodle, and just doesn't want to support anything in upright position. Sometimes I am okay once I am up, but there are also times my back continue to "protest" and I have to will myself hard not to go back and lay down for some time until it finally gets used to the position.

It is strange, I am quite active and nimble physically and very fit in every other way, the only problem is that I am very inflexible when I try to bend forward with my legs straightened, which I suspect may be connected to this problem. I also detest the movement of bending over and picking up things from the floor, of course it is not like anyone's favourite activity, but the movement is particularly unnatural, awkward and uncomfortable for me (I trained my toes very well for this purpose), and also I suspect this problem being connected to my issue with my lower back.
Another thing is I find it difficult to remain in the same position, standing or sitting for a long time, the same spot start to stiffen and become uncomfortable after a while and I have to shift around constantly.

I know there are lots of people suffering lower back "PAIN", but this is not the case for me, it doesn't hurt but it is just annoying. It never has been serious enough to seek a medical attention, and I never hear of the similar problem spoken of by any other people, so it has remained a mystery to me for many years.
Is my problem normal or abnormal? And does anyone have a suggestion for alleviating my condition? Any input will be appreciated!!

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Old 09-19-2006, 09:53 AM   #2
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Urman.......you might want to go get a check up to be certain. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in my early 20's.....I'm 40 now. I've only came out of remission one time since that first diagnoses with full blown pain with limited mobility. Now as I'm getting older I've noticed in in other joint areas. Some are painful but I'm able to take a pain/inflammation tablet and use a heating pad and thats all I need to do. Now that its affecting my back its just like you said an annoying sensation. I rarely take anything for that area. I'm not saying you have arthritis I'm just saying if its enough for you to be concerned enough to reach out then it wouldn't hurt to go get a check up. I didn't even know that the arthritis had moved into my back until I went in for a xray for something else and they detected it. I knew i had occasional aches there but like I said it was tolerable and didn't concern me.
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:12 AM   #3
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Get checked out. It does not sound like anything major (in my professional medical opinion of course ), but a Doctor or better yet a chiropractor should be able to tell you what is going on and how to help it feel better.

As far as getting out of bed, try this trick that Momerlyn (my Aunt who also happens to be a DC member) taught me. instead of sitting straight up, roll over onto your side and slowly raise yourself up from that position. Even if that has nothing to do with the original problem you were talking about it should still help you get up.
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:32 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advices, Sizz and GB!! I really don't think it is anything to do with arthritis, I have absolutely no other problems in mobility except for this and it is not progressive, the problem remained just the same for many years. But you guys may be right, getting checked upon wouldn't hurt. Chiropractor may be a good idea, and I know a friend of friend of mine who has treated my friend successfully for some years.

Thanks for the trick for getting up GB!! One of my gym instructors uses this technique during the stretch, never thought of actually putting it in practice this way!! How's Momerlyn these days? I haven't seen her around for some time!!
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:38 AM   #5
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Yeah it is a great trick for anyone who has trouble getting out of bed. It amazes me at how much easier it makes it.

I actually have not talked to her in a while and have not seen her on DC in a bit. This week she is probably busy getting ready for the Jewish holidays. I will have to ask my mom if she has talked to her recently.
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:51 AM   #6
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At my age, stiffness and discomfort in the back (or legs, or neck or arms) is to be expected and lived with.

At your age, it is not the norm and you should have it checked out. Wouldn't it be sometihing if there was a simple solution to putting an end to your discomfort! You don't get extra points for suffering.
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:05 AM   #7
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Have you ever tried using a strength training routine or machine to target and strengthen your lower back muscles? It has to be done carefully and with professional guidance for it to be beneficial, however, the results, I can testify personally are tremendous.
I have worked in the medical field for over twenty years and have also suffered from various "annoyances" as you call them in my lower back, and the weakness you are describing sounds very much like a poor strenth definement in your most needed muscle area. Those muscles support and guard your spine and have a huge "input" as to how well your structure works together.
There are VERY good and specific exercises and excellant weight training machines and professionals which could probably help you get some changes made.
And don't ever rule out arthritis, or even degeneration, sorry, but these things affect much more than half of our population "eventually", our bodies age and arthritis, degeneration, can all be a part of aging, bearing weight and miles on our bodies, etc. Size and activity aren't enough to protect us.
Take what works and leave the rest, but I hope you find some relief soon.
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:13 AM   #8
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Thanks, I have been thinking of doing more exercises for my problem area, and I try to do when I remember.
I am just not disciplined enough I guess to stick with the training for the area that responds poorly to my effort. I really need to make a habit of doing it more often... also I would like to try hanging myself upside down, though immensely uncomfortable now for the head, but I think that's the ideal way to get a complete stretching in the area, which I feel it very much needed. Now I am heading for the gym within half an hour... I will start with these routines
I really appreciate all the suggestions and support!!
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:06 PM   #9
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I feel for you Urmaniac. I had a constant dull ache in my lower back for many years. I never made anything of it and would normally forget about it. But sometimes I would catch myself massaging my lower back against the seat back or the door jamb. Then I found out years later that this was because I have a slightly S-curved spine, diagnozed as Scoliosis. You can tell easily if you bend down at the waist to try to reach your toes and ask somebody to check if your back is level on both sides. Mine is higher on the right side when I do this. Further x-rays confirmed it.

I think you go to the gym regularly right? Ever since I was diagnosed, I stopped doing weight exercises that compressed my spine. This tremendously eased up the dull ache and I don't feel it anymore, except when I overdo things. A massage usually fixes this.

Best is to have a professional check you out. Good luck!
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Old 09-19-2006, 04:35 PM   #10
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Smile lower back problems

Please go and check it out with your doctor. They can take xrays and see exactly what the problem is.

I have terrible lower back pains and a lot of it comes from my weight. I did see my Orthopedic Surgeon last week and he took a lot of xrays. He said that my arthritis has gotten much worse since I last saw him 2 years ago.

He gave me a shot in my left and right knee and also my right arm. Usually the shots take the pain away for about 3 months.

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