Lower Back Pain

In the Flip test ask someone to raise your leg parallel to the ground.

In the Flip test ask someone to raise your leg parallel to the ground.

I woke up last night in a lot of pain. It is in the lower part of my back on the right side. I cannot sit, stand, nothing without being in pain. I took Motrin which relieved it a tiny bit but it hurts so bad.

About two months ago I stepped on a rusty nail and got a tetanus shot. This was my right foot. About a month after the shot, the ball part of my foot started hurting and then there was a burning sensation into all of my toes. Now last night I woke up with the back pain. I am not sure what to do.

Hello Hamilton,
You do what you always should do with severe pain anywhere and that is consult a professional.

Start making notes about the pain; exactly where it is, for example. In the title of this page you said left, but here right. But where exactly in the lower back?

Then, what increases or decreases the pain; what happens if you give a little cough? Is gently forward bending worse, or extension?

What happens if you sit in a kitchen chair and gently straighten first one leg and then the other parallel to the ground; now gently flex your head onto the chest. Does that worsen the pain?

Think back to what happened yesterday; something caused this. Did you go on a long journey, move a heavy suitcase or heavy cupboard?

Look in the mirror; are you looking like the leaning tower of Pisa? The so called antalgia.

More than likely you've injured a disk in your back, so follow our slipped disc rules which you can find using the search function at chiropractic help.

I doubt the foot is the cause, but if you are still limping, then that's a possible factor. You probably injured one or more of the interdigital nerves causing the tingling in the toes.

I hope this contributes; let me know. See someone; today.

Dr B

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May 10, 2016
Lower Back Pain
by: Anonymous

I meant to say lower right in the title, not left. I am in so much pain. I cannot sit, stand, lay down, nothing. I woke up with it last night and I cannot remember doing anything strenuous yesterday except laundry. I have had pain in my lower back above the tailbone and now it spread over to the right part of my lower back. It is burning.

Well perhaps it was the laundry; bending and twisting to put washing in the machine can be awkward.

An icepack wrapped in a thin towel is the best painkiller.

Do some very gentle exercises which you'll find in the navigation bar at chiropractic help. Beware, you're on thin ice.

Don't bend or lift and try not to sneeze or cough.

Dr B

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2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti-inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He is doing well.

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Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

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6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. X-rays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65-year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

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10. Mr X is a 71-year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a few months ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

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