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back pain from lifting heavy objects

A: Just an “armchair diagnosis” guess, but it sounds like you may have a herniated cervical disk. This means you have pressure of a nerve in your neck area caused by the protrusion of the fibricartilage disks between one (or more) of your neck vertebra on that nerve. It’s common to get this kind of injury with the kind of work you describe. It would also cause pain and numbness. Burning pain is often associated with nerve pain.

You could even have several herniated disks (“slipped” disks, in layman’s terms). The MRI you are scheduled for would give you a conclusive diagnosis.

I wish you the best!

Q: Help, spondylolysis, can it be healed?
Hi I have Spondylolysis, I have known about it for about 5 months now. I recieved it from lifting heavy objects at my work and getting a stress fracture. I had bad back pain and went in and learned of my condition when I got an x-ray. Now I can’t find an answer to a simple question. Can this condition be cured? Can I heal my back so I can do high impact exercises again and not have to worry about getting a crooked, painful, spine? If so, How?

A: I had it and continue to have it after over ten years. It never healed on its one despite the brace (doctors orders). If you find any treatments, I’d like to know! Mine doesn’t hurt chronically only when I stand for more than 30 minutes at once.

Q: Case study on spinal cord pathology?
A 63 year old professor tried to push his car, which was caught in a snowdrift and immediately suffered sudden and severe pain in the lower back. He felt as if something “snapped” in the lower part of his spine. Later his pain extended down the posterior aspect of his right thigh and leg. He also noticed some numbness and tingling over the lateral part of his right leg, foot, little toe. He reports that for the several past years, he had episodes of “bad back”, particularly after lifting heavy objects from a stooping position. The patient has a rupture of the intervertebral disk between the fifth lumbar and first sacral vertebrae with protrusion of the nucleus pulposus and involvement of the first sacral nerve also known as slipped disk/ herniation.
Questions.
1. What is the function of the intervertebral disk and what are its two structural components?
2. What caused the “snap”?
3. What are the most common sites for disk herniation and why?
4. What is the explanation for the aggravation of pain by straining and coughing?
5. What surgical procedures can be indicated if conservative treatment is not effective?

A: 1. the IV disk provides “cushioning” or shock absorption and also provides mobility/movement to the vertebral column. its two parts are the Annulus Fibrosus and Nucleus Pulposus

2. the “snap” is most likely caused by a rupture of the inner and sometimes outer annullar fibers caused by the herniation of the nucleus pulposus.

3. most common sites are in the disks in the lumbar region. this is mainly due to “tapering” of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the area, and due to the higher mechanical stress compared to other parts of the column.

4. straining and coughing causes an increase in abdominal pressure which leads to increased pressure on nerves already impinged by the herniation

5. Surgical treatment includes:

* Microdiscectomy (the most common procedure)
* Lumbar laminectomy
* Chymopapain injections
* Arthroscopic lumbar discectomy
* Microendoscopic surgery

Q: What medicine has helped you with Cholinergic Urticaria?
Im an 18 year old male and I think I have this. It happened before a long time ago but has just recently came back. Its getting to the point where it is becoming unbearable.I have to get up and leave classes and walk outside to cool off. Anytime I get hot or bothered I get stinging pains all over especially in my back. Lifting heavy objects, getting nervous or mad or even just laughing will cause it to go off. From being a well known athlete this is probably one of the worst conditions to have. This is one of the worst pains Ive ever had to deal with. Even compared to . So I want to know what I can take or do to cause this to go away before I head off to college since it seems like it has depleted my sports career.

A: Antihistamines are the most frequently prescribed thing for this. I recommend you work with a doctor to experiment with different ones until you find the one that helps the most.

They really don’t help me much, and so I don’t usually take them very often. I absolutely hate cholinergic urticaria, and I know exactly what you are going through.

I have had it on/off for 8 years or so now. It will probably go away sometime just like the first time you had it, but when is the question.

Some people take heavy-duty drugs like steroids for it. I think that it isn’t too safe to do that, and they have LOTS of side effects. But talk with a good dermatologist or doctor that is familiar with this.

I have a blog and forum with lots of great articles. You may be interested in some of them. Good luck!

http://www.heathives.com/

Q: Lump on right side of Abdomen?
When I lay down flat, I can feel a lump on the right side of my abdomen, about 3 inches from my belly button. I can only feel it when I lay down flat. It does not buldge any other time. I do not have pain, maybe slight discomfort (probably a mental thing and I am imagining it b/c I keep touching it) but I am not sure. A co worker of mine suggessted a hernia. I hate seeing doctors, and I don’t know what to do. Again, I can only feel it when I lay down completely flat on my back. It started about three weeks ago. I was not lifting heavy objects recently, but I work out a lot using a Bowflex. Please help and be serious about the situation and don’t give answers saying “Just go see a doctor!”

A: as much as you’ll hate me for saying anything the majority of us aren’t doctors and we can’t tell you what it is. We may have suggestions but none that are as good as a professional that specializes in the human body. the only way to know for sure IS to go to a doctor. Because what if you wait to long and you find out it’s something that could have been prevented, you’ll be kicking yourself.

Q: Which kind of doctor should I consult this time?
I have gone to so many doctors over a period of three months it’s insane. I’ve seen an OB-GYNE (diagnosed with cervical infection), an IM (who recommended I take a thyroid test; turned out normal), a Gastroenterologist (diagnosed me with GERD after endoscopy and colonoscopy), an EENT (gave me meds for my earache saying it’s just rhinitis; it made it worse till I stopped it) and a Neurologist (who recommended a CT scan of my brain, normal; said I’m just imagining things). Now I’m feeling other things and I don’t know who I should consult.

What I’m feeling right now:
- tingling of hands and feet
- easily tiring of arms especially after lifting heavy objects for a period of time (used to be able to do this without a hitch)
- sensitivity to cold
- high blood pressure
- earache
- nerve pain
- pain in different areas of the body: legs, arms, neck (front and back), jaw
- pain in what feels like deep inside my left chest (below collarbone and just above breast)
- post nasal drip/rhinitis; making me very susceptible to a sore throat and cough
- interrupted sleep
- great anxiety

I am at my wits’ end. I am a 34 year old female, and I have no idea what’s going on. Which doctor should I see? Is anyone else suffering from similar symptoms? Please, help.

A: Wow, it must be very frustrating to not have an answer for your multiple symptoms.
If I had to select just one physician, I would select a knowledgeable and caring internal medicine physician (internist). They are usually primary care physicians, unless they have a subspecialty and see patients for consultation referred by other doctors. The one recurring problem, however, is they are usually very rushed and always never have enough time with each patient. It is extremely difficult to be an internist in this world, with relatively low compensation, long hours, many demands, and a general unappreciation for their intellectual skills.

Testing you for hypo- or hyperthyroidism was a good idea, but that is not the only possible diagnosis. Hopefully he did other blood tests and examined you thoroughly.

Other specialists that may be appropriate for you are:
-rheumatologist (to check for fibromyalgia or other rheumatic-type disorders)
-neurologist (just because your brain CT is normal does not exclude a real organic reason for your symptoms; I doubt you are simply imagining everything.)
-endocrinologist (various hormonal disturbances can cause wierd and puzzling symptoms, what doctors call a “syndrome”)
-a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (PM&R or physiatrist): they often can help a person when no one else can. A spinal cause needs to be ruled out for your tingling, tired feeling, and pain.

Hope you get a solution. It just takes the right physician to be a good detective and communicate with you. (not exactly like House)

Q: pain in uterus for the first time with sex?
Me and my boyfriend had sex and I had a pain in my uterus during it. I’ve never had pain from sex before. I have discharge at times that feels like I’m having my period but it’s clear. I get dull light cramps in my left or right side of my uterus when I lift things too at work and lower back pains. But I think that’s just from lifting objects adn putting them away. Their not heavy though. I’ve been constipated. I tasted metal in my mouth today while swimming and got nauseated from my toothpaste taste today. I feel full in my lower stomach. And at times my boobs get tingly. Mostly today I had pain while having sex and wanted to know what it could be. I’ve been tested negative for STDs. So I’m clean. I also had my period lighter than usual before and earlier than before. We had sex on my ovulation date and the day after. I do have IBS and I havn’t been taking my birth control because it’s been making me sick. I’ve been feeling sick for 2 months now. Sick as in nauses or intestinally even when I take my IBS meds. Anyone know what this pain is?
I don’t have pain passing urine. and if you were a girl you can tell when your uterus hurts,lol. Cramps are uterus contractions anyway. Just saying. I went to a gyno recently and I’m healthy down there.
I take Belladona for my IBS. I also was tighter than usual during sex too before the pain after he penetrated me.

A: I think the smartest and safest thing to tell you right now is you should speak with a Family doctor about this. Write down everything that is happening and take that with you, write down dates, times, and what you were doing.

I have pain too when my husband and I have sex, not sure what it is but Im thinking it’s my uterus as well. Does it hurt in every position? It only hurts when my husband goes too deep, so it’s pretty easy to manage for my self.

I think you should take a pregnancy test just to get that out of the way, altho you said you went to the docs so maybe they tested you when you went it?

What IBS meds are you on? Maybe that could be the problem? I have IBS altho I haven’t been to the docs about it but I take imodium AD and I know when I take that I sometimes feel sick.

Ask your doc if your IBS pills could be the problem?

I wish you luck!

Q: Chest popping?
I’ve been experiencing this problem for about a year now. My chest (heart side) feels uncomfortable under the collar bone about 2-3 inches on the hearts right side near the sternum. I alleviate this by arching my chest forward and raising my head this in turn causes my chest to pop numerous times and causes me sometimes to become light headed ( this fixes the problem temporarily, I pop in numerous times throughout the day). This popping is analogous to when you crack your knuckles. Now my doctor basically told me not to lift heavy objects because at that time I was working in a warehouse and go to the gym a lot (cant do dips anymore), but I haven’t gone to the gym since December and I don’t work in a warehouse anymore so what is causing this sensation I’m feeling in my chest.. I had numerous cardiograms done and it showed nothing, I even did the stress test on the treadmill in my doctor’s office and I passed that as well. The doctor gave me naproxen (basically a really strong Aleve) and that’s all he did for me and I only take it when the pain is unbearable. I suffer from GERD by I have a lot of control over take using nothing more than Rolaids now a day. I take one a day multivitamins. Don’t drink, rarely smoke. Sleep on my left side. What other information should I provide even if it seems minuscule? Some days im ok and I don’t pop it some days are bad. There was one time where the pain was so incredible that I couldn’t lay down or move and my body was crooked. But I want to know so I continue to crack it, should I work this muscle out cause I’m about to start going back to the gym, any information would be appreciated.

A: I have suffered exactly what you described. After years of this Doctor and that Doctor it was finally discovered I had a bad (herniated) thoracic vertebrae.

Unfortunately, it is basically inoperable. To repair a thoracic vertebrae you must go in from the front (like open heart surgery but worse), collapse a lung, to be able to get to that area. Thus, any thing short of paralysis, you should not have the surgery. In addition, two surgeons told me, most patients complained that they had more pain from the surgery site than what the surgery was suppose to relieve.

I have learned how not to aggravate it like leaning over the hood of my car to do repairs, under the dash repairs, anything that bends your spine in that area.

I wish you well and hope you find some comfort soon.

GOOD LUCK!

Q: Tightness along middle-back area, not really painful, see a chiropractor?
About a month ago, I went to my doctor complaining about some back pain that I sustained from the gym. He had me demonstrate my range of motion, determined it was probably muscular. He suggested heat, ibuprofen, stretch and that I can resume exercising so long as I take it easy and don’t go heavy on weights. He also prescribed light muscle relaxers, which I only took 2 of, then ditched the rest.

Since then, my back has gotten better. When I started going back to they gym, I only swam for a few days a week. This week I’ve started on weight lifting, but only with machines so my range of motion could be controlled. I’ve also been heating my back, sitting in a jacuzzi whenever possible and received a massage. There’s still a tightness that runs in a straight line down the center of my back. It’s not painful, but I can feel it especially if I bend over at the waist a little bit then push my arms forward like I’m trying to push a heavy object in front of me.

Has anyone experienced anything like this before? I’m thinking about going back to my doctor to have him refer me to a chiropractor because if this were muscular, it would’ve healed by now. However, I don’t think it’s a slipped disc because my pain would probably be much much worse than what I’m feeling now.

A: A good massage is likely all you need.

Q: What to do if you’re paralyzed with lower back pain?
My Father hurt his back today bending down to pick something up, the object wasn’t heavy. I believe it was a shoe or something.

He tried to lay down on his back to relax his back and see if that would help but it ended up trapping him on the floor. He couldn’t move without terrible pain that made him cry out and yelp. I’ve never seen him in this much pain before. He was in so much pain that he almost vomited. We managed to lift him up and get him into a chair and he’s a lot better now but I don’t know what to do when he’s going to need to get up to use the bathroom or perform any other normal activity of daily living.

He refuses to let me call the hospital because we can’t afford it. Basically he’s trapped in a chair and we can’t move him even though it’s inevitable that he’ll need to get up. I know the moment he tries he’ll be paralyzed with pain and possibly fall to the ground.

We don’t have a car or I would drive him to the hospital myself. What can we do to help him and will he recover? It can’t be a terrible injury because all he did was bend over from a standing position. Will he recover without needing to see a doctor? He’s 53 years old if that helps.

We also gave him some aspirin for the pain, but beyond that we’re not sure how to help.

A: 911 baby

Q: frusterated about this labor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TMI?
So…. 2 days ago i was checked and was just about 4 cm dilated and 75-80% effaced… i lost a ping pong ball sized mucus plug about 24 hrs ago,.and just lost another, also about the size of a ping pong ball. both with a bloody “show” for about 48 hrs now ive been having very inconsistent contractions and tons of pressure in my lower back and pelvis. Also periodic burning sensations in my crotch…. I’ll have an hours worth of strong, regular contractions, with 2 hours of nothing, then 3 of extreme back pain and so on
this is my second child….
my first was born 17 months ago… and i never had consistent contractions with him…. i was 9cm by the time i went to the hospital….
has ne1 had a similar labor to mine?????
Are there any ways that I can safely bring on contractions??? I’ve been walking like crazy and lifting (fairly) heavy objects…
I am sooo miserable and ready to have this baby. AND I’m tired of making the 45 minuet trip from my house to the hospital only to be made to feel like an idiot. Apparently, since this is my 2nd I should know exactly whats going on at all time….

thanks!

A: Cinnamon Tea encourages contractions and when you go walking, try to walk up a fairly “steep” incline.

Q: I AM REALLY SO CONFUSED HERE… i have been joggin for a while but took time off….?
this is my question i all of a sudden EXPERIENCE SORNESS AND TIGHTNESS ON MY BACK AREA…. I CAN FEEL IT THROB… WHEN I LAY ON MY BACK AND GO TO BED … BUT WHEN I AM LAYING ON MY STOMACH I AM FINE. THIS HAPPEND WHEN I LIFTED A HEAVY OBJECT.. OR WHEN I RAN OUTSIDE IN THE COLD JUST 3 DAYS AGO… AFTER THAT I FEEL IT TIGHTEN UP ON ME WHEN I DRIVE AND SIT OR WALK AROUND IN THE HOUSE IT TIGHTENS UP ON ME.. AND I TRIED MOTRIN AND HAMSTRING STRETHCES THEY SAY IT HELPS WITH BACK PAIN BUT IT COMES BACK.. IT HAS BEEN NOW 2 DAYS … YOU THINK IT IS FROM LIFTING THE HEAVY OBJECT IN THE COLD OR JOGGIN IN THE COLD WITHOUT STRETCHING ENOUGH.. THIS HAPPEND RIGHT AFTER I RAN FOR 30 MINUTES IN THE COLD??? I DONT HAVE MONEY OR INSURANCE TO GO TO THE DOC.. SHOULD I GIVE IT COUPLE MORE DAYS… I TOOK TYLENOL AND IT GOT WORSE AND PUT ICE AND DIDNT HELP… THIS IS NOT SEVERE PAIN OR ANYTHING THAT I CANT BEAR.. I MEAN I CAN WALK FINE AND SIT AND BEND FINE … JUST THE TIGHTNESS IS SO ANNOYING?? ANY IDEAS ON HOW LONG OR HOW MANY DAYS IT WILL LAST AND WILL IT EVENTUALLY HOPEFULLY BECOME BETTER ON ITS OWN… ALL ANSWERS APPRECIATED!!!!!! ALSO,, I AM STRESSED ALOT CAN STRESS BE CAUSING THIS TIGHT PAIN IN MY BACK.. .I HEARD IT IS LIKE LACTIC ACID BUILD UP IN MUSCLES I DONT KNOW…. HOPE YOU GUYS CAN HELP

A: You may have a back spasm and sometimes those just come on with no provocation. Take aspirins and put heat on it

Q: Is my chiropractor a quack?
Ten days ago I hurt my back lifting a heavy object. The next morning by back was hurting, so I made an appointment with my chiropractor. he took some X-rays and said he didn’t see any damage, except that hip was crooked, and he could help me with his electrostimulation treatments.
So he treated me on Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday of this week, I had gotten worse, so I went back to him and got another treatment, but before it was over I had actually screamed and cried from the pain. (I’m a 48 year old man, and I don’t normally scream or cry).
So on Tueday afternoon my wife took me to the ER, and they did an MRI, and it turns out that my back is broken! The L1 vertebra, in the words of the doctor, looks like a Coke can that has been stepped on. So they referred me to a spine specialist, who I saw on Wednesday, and he put me in a back brace and gave me pain meds and muscle relaxers, and I am getting better already (I tend to heal abnormally fast).

So, my question is, is my chiropractor a quack? Why didn’t he see the broken bones on his x-ray? I saw the MRI, and I am an engineer, not a doctor, but even I could see that it was broken. How can you miss something so obvious? My wife and mother want me to sue him, but I am not that kind of person under normal circumstances. If his treatment had paralyzed me, I would, but as it all he caused me was an extra week of excrutiating pain.
I corresponded with a personal injury attorney and his response was that I don’t have enough injuries to file suit.

A: I have seen this many many times with chiropractors (once even a broken neck). In my book they should not deal with acute injuries until cleared by a medical person. Or ANYTIME there manipulations causes PAIN (you could have a spinal abscess that they would never catch). Its let the public beware with these alternative modalities (don’t even start me on chiropractors). In my state they can’t order or interpret Xrays. Thank god there was no permanent damage. You can report him to the chiropractic board however & they will investigate for negligence. (and I do advise this).

Q: What did i do to my shoulder?
Okay i just got back from snowboarding and well my shoulder took a little beating today.
First i took a spill off a jump and kinda got a little shoulder stinger nothing bad. Then a few hours later i took another spill off a rail, this time it hurt more! I can still move my arm in every direction an arm can go, the only time i feel (i wouldn’t even call it pain) but “discomfort” would be when i rotate my arm and it gets to the top of the rotation, so kinda like the position when someone would show off there biceps. I can even lift a 16lb bowling ball (the only heavy object within site lol) with no pain.
I don’t think its dislocated because i can move it but i’ve never dislocated a shoulder so i wouldn’t know. I believe it just might be a bad bump on the shoulder, but i figured i would ask and see what others think.
Thanks for any advise

A: Maybe you pulled a muscle. You should go see a charopractor or something. If you’re not wanting to go to a doctor then use some ice, then a heating blanket or somehting. Alternate with the hot and cold.

Q: Excurciating muslce arm ache/pain?
I’ve been having very strong muscle arm ache pains (elbow down to my wrist for the past 11 years). I broke both of my arms twice first time when I was 2nd grade(both), right arm(4th grade), left arm(5th grade). The doctor from 11 years ago advised me not to carry heavy object or my bones will snap so in conclusion I don’t workout . This year I went to my doctor and asked what causing the pain her response: scarred muscle tissue she also says I have to live with this pain for the rest of my life :(
-pain level from 1-10 10 being the worst. I would definitely say 10. The pain is so unberarble I can’t even sleep, lift, grip, etc even text or type on the computer.
-also when I put a heat pad on my arm the heat relieves the excurciating pain but as soon as I take off the heating pad the pain comes back after a split second. Especially winter time I get my arm pains basically every other day.

now my question is. What is really wrong with my arms? Are there any medications I can take to relieve this pain? Physical theraphy? Please help me
Thank Everybody for all your responses i really appreciate your time for answering my question!

TO:Bobbie, Maca, Beery: I will go ahead and get another opinion

TO:Douglas, Pauli, loves questions: I will go ahead and do the exercises/stretches now until i go see a doctor

TO: Pauli: I don’t drink milk, hate the taste and the smell and i’m also lactose intolerant(minor though) but i do take calcium pills everyday + vitamins and all those good stuff

TO Beery: Yes medications can be addicting, normally i don’t take any pain medications but my arm aches is definitely yes for pain meds! the pain=me crying lol

once again thank you so much for all your answers, i don’t know who to pick for the best answer :(

A: After going through p.t., chiro’s and acupuncture for 25 years, I hit upon the one thing they were missing that helped me get rid of my pain I had lived with for over 40 years. (I fell out of a car when I was 3 and hit by another when I was 7, my body was a mess) It came as pressure, extension relief. The basis of it very simple, apply pressure to the sore area and hold for about 30 seconds, then find the extension of it and after releasing it, to rest it for one minute. For you I would say press onto one of the pain areas and hold it tight. I always end up using as much pressure as I can apply. Because this is on your arms, there isn’t much extension of those muscles, if forearm anyway, so slowly rotate your arm in both directions and stop in an area from where you started from. Then release the pressure and hold your arm there for one minute. Also, while doing these exercises, try very hard not to tense up any part of your body or they may not work, not even your arm you are using to do it with, let your hand do the work. What you are doing is releasing the tendons on those muscles, they tend to pull back from trauma and need help in releasing to let your muscles work properly. If any questions let me know.

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