It's normal to get pain and wonder what is this? Is it just a random ache that will go away on its own or is this something that could cause permanent damage. Just the other day my husband had a weird ache on his rib he wanted me to look at just to make sure it was just his rib and not something worse.
Of course, he has easy access to someone who knows where to look and what to press on to determine if there is a serious injury or if the pain is something that will go away quickly.
However, most people if your back starts to hurt all you have are family, friends and google. So if you are up late at night worrying about what your back pain means...it can be scary.
Your mind wanders to the friend that had a bad experience with painkillers, or the family member who’s back went from bad to worse. And no matter symptoms you punch into google cancer seems to alway be the answer.
So how do you find out what it means if you have back pain?
Cynthia asked that very same question.
She had a great girls weekend. One of her best friends had come to town for the weekend; they spent most of the weekend sitting on the couch talking.
Cynthia woke up Monday with a stiff achy back, but thought it would eventually work itself out. 4 weeks went by and she was having more, not less pain.
She googled back stretches. She talked to friends about how they helped their back pain. She went in for an adjustment. All of which helped for a couple of days each but none had lasting effects.
After 8 weeks of being in pain Cynthia was starting to really worry she had caused permanent damage to her back...which was crazy since all she could remember doing was sitting on a couch.
Finally she broke down and went to her primary care doctor who prescribed muscle relaxers and ordered x-rays and MRIs.
The muscle relaxer took the edge off her pain during the day and only helped her get a few more hours of sleep.
The day she went in for the MRI results, she was not prepared for the emotional wave that would happen after seeing the MRI and hearing the scary words of disc degeneration, and mild disc protrusion. She did really understand what those words meant but she knew her back was broken. She was devastated.
When she left that doctor's appointment she was trying to make sense of all the information she was just given. And trying to come to terms with the fact that she would have back troubles for the rest of her life.
But something didn’t sit right with Cynthia...I was just sitting there on a couch...I wasn't in a car accident or lifting something. How could I have permanent back issues from sitting on a couch? And if my back looked like that MRI before I sat on the couch with no pain...why can’t I have no pain now?
These were the first questions Cynthia asked me when we talked the first time after she downloaded my free back pain ebook.
After talking with Cynthia for a few minutes on the phone we decided she would be a good fit to come in for an evaluation to see specifically how we could help her get back to her life.
During the evaluation we looked at how her back moved, we looked at her strength, felt the muscle to find out exactly what hurt and why. She felt better at the end of the first session..so we knew we could continue with that progress. We set up a plan for her going forward that would get her back to the life she was missing out on due to all the stress and anxiety related to her back.
Cynthia is now able to do all the little things you take for granted when your back doesn’t hurt like brushing your teeth, sitting in a car, standing in line….but we didn't stop there we life proof her back. She is back to running and dancing around with her kids, without the fear of the pain returning.
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Dr. Molly McDonald