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Anybody experienced this? 19 years old and almost paralyzed with pain

eloroeeloro Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hey guys, I'm pretty much dying in pain right now. I am only 19 years old, and generally in good health. I am a little "overweight" I guess, but not really. I mean basically I probably carry an extra 10-15 pounds, but nothing serious.

Anyway, my dad has always suffered from back pains. He always called it "throwing his back out." I can remember as a kid he threw it out a few times. Each time he would basically barely be able to walk for a few days and just lay in bed for a while. He recently told me that the first time he had back pain he was my age.

So I guess that's my family history. I have no idea if I am suffering the same thing or not, but I figured I should mention that.

This pain all started around 2 weeks ago. It started out just kind of like a normal back ache. I've had minor pains before, I guess just about everyone has. Normally though, I would just stretch or "pop" my back by doing a stretch and that would be the end of it. Definitely nothing lasting more than a day or two before now.

At first it was very slight. It was more annoying than painful. So I pretty much just took my Advil and told myself it would be better tomorrow. I kept telling myself that for about a week. Then it got a little worse. Now walking wasn't as easy, but I could still handle it. A little more Advil and a little more time on the couch. The pain basically starts around the level of the bottom where my rib cage ends (in the spine) and ends about where my butt begins, maybe a little bit past. Again, all the pain is focused around my spine, radiating a little bit out from it.

Some people told me it may be a slipped disc, but that doesn't make sense to me because I have no sciatica that I can tell. I mean, when I had someone do the straight leg test, I felt pain in my leg, but I think that was just because I haven't stretched my hamstrings in about a year! Also, I've heard that usually people don't get disc wear and tear until at least the 30s. I'm 19, so I wouldn't think I exactly have a ton of wear and tear on my discs.

Anyway, today as I was getting ready to take a shower, I took off my pants, and as I lifted a leg and balanced on the other, all of a sudden my back started hurting worse than ever. Literally I was moaning and cussing just trying to walk. I almost gave up on taking a shower it hurt to stand so bad. As of right now I am laying in bed with heating pad and it still hurts really bad. if I lift or even move my legs, it hurts in my lower back. If I try to touch my chin to my chest, it hurts all the way down my back.

I honestly should have gone to the doctor a while ago, but I kept trying to put it off, because I kept thinking its just a pulled muscle or something, but now I am pretty worried. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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  • Elero- Definately go see your doctor. He/She can test you and decide if you need an mri or not and refer you to a specialist if you need one.

    It sounds like lower thoracic spine (above the low back) if it is below the rib cage and above your belly botton. It could also be a combination of both.

    This is a great place to learn about various issues and treatment option.

    Feel better & keep us posted,

    Julie
  • Yes, please see a doctor.

    I'm 22 and have had back problems since I was 12 or so. I have scoliosis and am trying to find the source of this new, disabling pain I have. Not sure what it is, but I do know that my back is in bad shape. More like a 70 year old's than a 20 year old.

    So it is quite possible to have problems like this regardless of age. It's unlikely that it is something severe, but you need to see a doctor to find that out!

    Sorry for your pain, hope you find something to relieve it and figure this out!!
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  • Yes, please see a doctor.

    I'm 22 and have had back problems since I was 12 or so. I have scoliosis and am trying to find the source of this new, disabling pain I have. Not sure what it is, but I do know that my back is in bad shape. More like a 70 year old's than a 20 year old.

    So it is quite possible to have problems like this regardless of age. It's unlikely that it is something severe, but you need to see a doctor to find that out!

    Sorry for your pain, hope you find something to relieve it and figure this out!!
  • Yes Please go to a doctor and let them look at you before you do anything else. You can't replace your back.
  • Age doesn't mean much when it comes to pain. I had a bad fall when when I was 26. (I fell on concrete)I developed sacroiliac dysfunction,(I'm having my SI joint fused in march) & I herniated L4/5/s1. You are not going to know what damage you have done to your spine until you get some imaging done so the first step is to at least get an mri done

    Ally
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