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Ok

I am at work standing up.. (not lifting anything) and my back just starts to hurt like a mutha.. I sit down for a few minutes, and man it hurts..

2 hours later, it only hurts if I move, any movement any direction is about a 6-7 on a scale of 1 – 10 .. feels like it is musculature no spinal? Fills like what a stiff neck feels like that is the best way I can describe it.

So any “cures” I really want to ride this weekend, but there is no way I could ride with this pain?

Thanks C
 

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see a doctor

I wouldn't base a decision off any advice from the board. You are likely to know if you've done anything to pull a muscle or not. I've had neck surgery, and back surgery and suggest you find a competent doctor, M.D. type. How long has this been going on? What happens if you take advil, ect.? Sitting loads up the lower spine and if you have a disc/nerve problem sitting can really be uncomfortable. But don't listen to me any more than anyone else. Find an expert.
 

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Thanks for the advice

This just started today, I can not pin anything that would lead me to belive I pulled something. I have taken 4 advil - to no effect :(

Just basically started today, It really bothers me because I work hard to stay in shape and take care of myself. We where planning to ride the CRAM century tomorow.. now I am wondering if I should bail now? I do not think I could ride like this, but I hate to work up to something and not be able to do it?




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I wouldn't base a decision off any advice from the board. You are likely to know if you've done anything to pull a muscle or not. I've had neck surgery, and back surgery and suggest you find a competent doctor, M.D. type. How long has this been going on? What happens if you take advil, ect.? Sitting loads up the lower spine and if you have a disc/nerve problem sitting can really be uncomfortable. But don't listen to me any more than anyone else. Find an expert.
 

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I used to get terrible lower back pain and spasms when I was working at a job that required regular heavy lifting. The good thing was, our insurance covered PT, which meant I could get heat/stretching treatment on the company's dime, coupled with muscle relaxants to take at home. A few days of this, and I'd be pretty good.

Notice I said a few days--and that's with treatment and meds. The absolute best thing I've found for back pain, this side of a deep massage, is a hydrocolator, which is a heating pad filled with sand, stitched into compartments. You put it in boiling water for 10 minutes or so, then take it out and wrap it in towels and place it on the sore area; I like to put it on the floor and lie on top of it. During the first day of back pain, I usually do this 3 or 4 times, coupled with lots of aspirin. Makes a big difference in recovery time....
 

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any pain, numbness, or throbbing in the legs or feet? Sit forward in your chair at 45 degrees or so to reproduce sitting on your bike. Does this feel better, worst, or the same as sitting upright? and remember, I DON'T KNOW A THING I'M TALKING ABOUT!
 

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Between bodybuilding & working on boats I’ve had my share of back /neck injuries. Go see your primary care physician ASAP. He/she will probably prescribe a muscle relaxer & tell you to take ibuprophen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory med. If it doesn’t clear up in a few days, you might get a referral to a specialist of the ortho type who will shoot some films & maybe test your range of motion, etc. Back injuries are often complex & hard to “cure”. You need to see a professional & not rely on internet advice.
 

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I sometimes have a similar experience and have found that if as soon (within seconds) I feel the first "ping" I lay down flat on a hard surfaces for a minute or two I can avoid a more long term problem.

Not sure why but it works for me.
 

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Exactly what i was saying before......

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Between bodybuilding & working on boats I?ve had my share of back /neck injuries. Go see your primary care physician ASAP. He/she will probably prescribe a muscle relaxer & tell you to take ibuprophen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory med. If it doesn?t clear up in a few days, you might get a referral to a specialist of the ortho type who will shoot some films & maybe test your range of motion, etc. Back injuries are often complex & hard to ?cure?. You need to see a professional & not rely on internet advice.
I started giving "internet advice"
 

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I will tell you that an orthopedic specialist once gave me a set of back exercises to do every morning lying on the floor & after doing them for 2 weeks my already hard 6-pack was ripped. As you know your abdominal muscles help hold your back erect & if you strengthen them your spine& its musculature is more stable.
 

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Ok so I will

Ok .. one of my riding friends is a doctor, and we talked today for a while.. his advice is much like everyone else’s..

1) No tingling or sharp pain / numbness in legs and butt = a good thing most likely muscular than nerve
2) Ibuprofen (2,400 g max per day), heat, NO alcohol over the weekend
3) DO NOT do any ridding, and even when it starts to feel better give it a good 3 –4 days past that.

So I will skip the century ride, and pill up.. he said I should be able to ride next weekend. If the pain has not started to go down by next Thursday he said I should go to a doctor, and he would refer me to a good one..

So thanks guys I guess for now I am ride less..
 

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chiropractor

If it was me I would see a reputable chiropractor. If you find a good one who knows what he is doing, often one or two adjustments is all it takes.

That, and work on your core body strength. Your back is less likely to give you problems if it is supported by strong abs, etc.

In the meantime, try lying on your back a hardwood floor with your feet/calves elevated on a sofa or chair so that your knees are bent at 90 degrees. Lie like that for 15-20 minutes at a time and relax, it helps stretch/relax the lower back.

I had a nasty bout of lower back pain several years ago that lasted several weeks. I could hardly stand up, and even sitting/driving was practically unbearable. Putting shoes and socks on, forget it.

Then I saw a chiropractor who cleared up 50% of the problem in one visit, then ski season came around and skiing helped the remaining 50% because it increased my core strength indirectly. I was good to go after that. Keep in mind that many claim that most back pain is brought on by psychological/emotional stress. If that rings a bell with you it might be something to consider.
 

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Here's my medical opinion:

You are an overly trusting net geek who is too cheap to actually go see a doctor. You should take 10 aspirin and stick your head into a toilet.

Hey, you asked.....
 
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