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Back pain question -- possible TMI

I've been having lower back pain for over a month. It isn't sharp, but more like an ache, a perpetual distraction rather than a disability. It feels a bit like the ache I used to get before my period -- it's in that area of the back, below the waist but just above the hips -- except that it's not correlated with my cycle.

I went to the doctor (not about that specifically, but mentioned it) and she said it was probably musculoskeletal, but didn't give me any recommendations besides heavy doses of ibuprofen and moist heat.

So: has anyone else had experience with something like this? Would exercise help? Can anyone refer me to anything that would? I know there are a lot of self-help back pain materials out there, but since this isn't the acute back pain that drives people to chiropractors and PTs, I've been unsure whether the standard exercises would help.

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platypus
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
I had a pretty good experience with the various recommended exercises, and my pain wasn't really subsequent to an injury or anything. Well, I always suspected that I'd overdone it somewhere between cleaning the house and hauling away last year's Christmas tree, but there was never a sudden 'ow' moment of strain or awkward bending or whatever. I went to the doctor after a month or so of pain, and he said that walking was good for it, even if I couldn't go very far or fast. I mostly did that and the really easy stuff recommended online (stuff like ankle flexing and slight leg lifts while lying down -- nothing very impact-y at all).

Ken's mom happened to give us a vibrating heat/massage back rest thing that Christmas, and I have to say, it felt pretty good :).
np_complete
Dec. 22nd, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion! I'll probably make another doctor appointment, bringing up the fact that it hasn't got better in the past month, as well as try some of the gentler exercises. Thanks very much!