I think I already posted here once, but I figured I might as well update since then because I'm still in somewhat the same spot. My parents (I'm 15) haven't taken me back to the doctor yet, because they're convinced it's either growing pains or related to my menstrual cycle. I'm pretty sure neither are true because I've had constant and increasing pain for about a year now.
We went to the doctor about three months ago, and he took an x-ray, but apparently found nothing. He suggested getting a roller backpack (which my parents haven't gotten around to) and getting physical therapy (which my parents can't afford). Since nothing has changed, things have just been getting worse. I'm really dreading when I'm going to have to take PE again... I'm really putting it off now because just standing up for long enough to clean the dishes (about 40 minutes) can hurt quite a lot. When I'm out and walking most of the day, my right hip starts hurting and I begin to limp. I'm assuming this is related because it's constant, and has been worsening alongside my back pain (before, people would tell me I'd been limping, but I'd never felt it/noticed).
My back pain doesn't seem to respond to painkillers; I've tried Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Excedrin. As it worsens, it seems to become more focused on my lower back, with this weird pinching/aching feeling. What worries me most is that last night, when I looked in the mirror, I noticed that my right shoulder seems higher than my left. I'm pretty sure that's a good sign of scoliosis, but the doctor found nothing with the x-ray. Is it possible that it's simply worsened enough since then to be so prominent?
I'm trying my best to convince my parents we should go to the doctor again, but until then: suggestions?View Thread
The thing is about my back pain is that even though some things tend to aggravate it, it's always present. It's there when sleeping, sitting, standing, etc. Some daily activities make it worse, but even without them it's pretty prominent. That makes it hard to pinpoint exactly what's influencing whatever might be causing this.
As mentioned, standing and walking tend to emphasize it, though this is only really significant when I'm doing either for a long period of time. I can't sleep in the position I'm used to (basically on my face) anymore, and instead have to keep myself directly on my back or on the side with pillows between my knees. I'm also part of an orchestra (I play the viola), and playing for a long period of time is difficult not only because I tend to practice while standing, but the posture requires that I sit up straight (as straight as I can, anyway). I admit that I haven't been practicing much lately not only because summer has started but also because of my back pain, and its tendency to make me kind of lethargic.
I say this because most of the activities that cause a significant increase in my regular pain are activities not only that I would normally get exercise from, but also activities that are necessary in my current lifestyle. As my pain has steadily increased over the past year, I have tended to do them less and less, although I don't feel it's the solution (as it's done nothing). I don't mean to be difficult by saying this (I truly appreciate your responses); I'm just saying that I have people relying on my participation in these activities that don't recognize this is as a legitimate issue.
There are a few things that I suppose could have caused it. As mentioned, I used to participate in karate, which resulted in minor injuries from time to time, as it involved a lot of physical contact, though upon recollection none seem directly related to my back. I feel like it would make sense for some obscure injury to have arisen from this, but I feel like the gradual nature of my back pain doesn't seem like that of an injury.View Thread
The pain is pinching/stabbing in my lower spine, while around my hips it simply aches unless I'm walking - when I walk around a lot, my right hip hurts with a pain similar to my back, and I start to limp. I try to be more active than I tend to be with this, but it's difficult as I don't want to possibly aggravate whatever may be causing this. It's been constant for a little longer than a year, and it's been an apparent issue for about two years. It's aggravated by both menstrual cramps and physical activity, but in lack of either it doesn't subside. I'm 5'4", and weigh around 115 pounds. I've always tended to be kind of on the lean side, and since third grade I'd been a participant in martial arts. I was in a swim team, too, for three years in a row before I quit both activities last school year because I was busy with academics. Nowadays, I'm not so sure I want to resume them, as it gets worse each day.View Thread
I've had mild lower back pain going on for over a year now, though recently it has gotten worse for no apparent reason. It's interfering with my sleep schedule, in addition to (seemingly) my appetite. The pain seems to be above/around the hips a lot of the time, and often is located to one side (which changes infrequently). As a result, I have poor posture and sometimes limp without noticing.
Only recently have I been able to arrange a doctor's appointment to have my back examined, and no deformities were found... They took x-rays as well, and there were no abnormalities at all. The only recommendation was physical therapy, which my parents can't afford. I have another appointment scheduled in about six weeks, but I'm doubtful that anything will really come out of it.
Painkillers (I've tried Tylenol, Excedrin, Aspirin, and hot/cold packs) never seem to work; when they do, then it is only briefly. I'd appreciate it if anyone could suggest typical techniques that would be used in programs like physical therapy that I could try on my own.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!View Thread