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Back pain - have I slipped a disc?

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Feb 2013
6:15pm, 6 Feb 2013
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Obviously this can't diagnosed online, but according to 'Dr Google' a slipped disc also comes with pain going down into the legs too, which I don't have. What else could it be?

The pain is in my lower spine between hip and waist level, and it REALLY hurts. I have trouble even standing up straight, and I'm getting occasional sharp pains causing me to wince in agony!

Ibuprofen hasn't helped, so have taken a couple of paracetamol now and am using a heat pad too.

This happened to me on New Years Eve too (not quiet as bad) and I ran a 10k on New Years Day - it wasn't completely fine, but felt better when I was running.

Any ideas, or shall I just resort to wine?

Docs or massage therapist in the morning if it's still bad?

Any advice (or sympathy!) greatly received!
Feb 2013
6:46pm, 6 Feb 2013
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Silent Runner

That was the answer you wanted, wasn't it?
Feb 2013
6:53pm, 6 Feb 2013
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If you had slipped a disc I think you would be in much more pain and seeking help MUCH SOONER! I did something in the summer and even now it's not quite right, it was not a slipped disk but massively inflamed lower back plus piriformus muscle. And that was agony and I couldn't sleep etc.

Get to a DR and get it assessed
Feb 2013
7:24pm, 6 Feb 2013
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SR - that's always the answer!

TM - you're probably right, I would be in a lot more pain. It's agony, but I can still walk around.
Feb 2013
7:38pm, 6 Feb 2013
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Wine is always the answer. Hope you get sorted soon
Feb 2013
7:40pm, 6 Feb 2013
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The pedantic answer is that discs don't "slip". But in the absence of pain going down your leg beyond the knee, a "slipped disc" is very unlikely. I'd want to have a prod at your back and get you to move to establish which structures are likely to be involved. I'd recommend a doctor or a good physiotherapist in the morning for a proper assessment - massage may well form a worthwhile part of the treatment, but a massage therapist is unlikely to be able to give you a diagnosis.

Stay mobile but don't try to push yourself through the pain, and don't be afraid to take painkillers - paracetamol, codeine, anti-inflammatories, either alone or in any combination. Alcohol is a muscle relaxant, but don't overdo the wine and fall asleep slumped in a stupid position.
Feb 2013
7:54pm, 6 Feb 2013
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What she said.
Keep moving, its more than likely to be muscular.
Even if it is disc prolapse, you want to keep moving as much as you can.
Feb 2013
8:00pm, 6 Feb 2013
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Thanks all. Have just been for a walk around the block. It hurts but it actually feels better to be moving around.

Have taken some painkillers. I won't drink too much wine! I promise!!
Feb 2013
8:31pm, 6 Feb 2013
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Judging by Vrap's post, quantity isn't the issue. You just need to make sure you're lying comfortably while you do it ;-)

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