BURNING PAIN


Jenniferb
on Oct 26, 2007 @ 04:26 pm

i'VE HAD THIS PROBLEM FOR A FEW DAYS, IT STARTED AS BURNING PAIN ON THE LEFT SIDE OF MY BACK JUST UNDER THE RIB CAGE. SOMETIMES IT WILL BE ON BOTH SIDES, OCCASIONALLY IT WILL TRAVEL TO WHAT I THINK IS MY HIP BONES? ALSO MY LOWER BACK HURTS A LITTLE.
COULD THIS BE FROM LIFTING HEAVY OBJECTS? I WORK IN THE MEAT DEPARTMENT AND LIFT ALOT. THE ONLY TIME THE PAIN GOES AWAY IS WHEN I SLEEP. I FEEL NO PAIN AT ALL WHEN I WAKE UP BUT AS SOON I GET UP THE PAIN STARTS. WHAT SHOULD I DO? HONESTLY I AM SCARED BUT WILL GO TO THE DOCTOR IF IT CONTINUES. ANY HELP WITH THIS WILL BE DEEPLY APPRECIATED.
 


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Anonymous
Go to the Doctor on Oct 26, 2007 @ 09:31 pm

Don't self-diagnose. It is too risky in case it is something really serious. Not to freak you out. I havne't heard of this but if I was you I would take the day off and go to the Dr. - even if just the walk in clinic.
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Scents Of Peace
Go see a doc ASAP on Oct 26, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

You could have a swollen disc that is impinging on nerve endings - or something much more serious. You need to go immediately ! Take it from someone who has too much experience with bulging and swollen discs.

If nothing else, until you can go, take it easy and try ice 20 min on, 20 min off to see if that reduces any swelling. This is only temporary to minimize additional swelling - not to do as a permanent therapy. You need a doc to further advise you - and soon !

Let us know how it works out.
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mamaluv
Doctor, chiropractor - go soon! on Oct 26, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

I agree with Scents, you should see a professional right away. I would suggest going to a chiropractor (it could be you've slipped a little out of alignment) if you know a good one in your area. With your pain being related to your movement, my guess is that it's a joint or muscle thing, which a chiro will quickly diagnose and treat. If it is a muscle thing, they will refer you to massage therapy possibly, or do a heat treatment in-office.

If you can't see a chiro quickly, go to the doctor. I mention this second because they will prescribe pain meds and possibly refer you on to another specialist - and then you'll have to wait days or more before you'll know what's wrong, whereas a chiro can adjust you immediately.

Another option would be to see an acupuncturist, but I've never been so can't really comment on that.

It could absolutely be a repetitive stress injury, in which case you will want to approach it in several ways: first, you should seek ways to do your job in a manner that does not force the same body movements and positioning all the time. Try to stand or bend differently, and ALWAYS bend at the knees with a straight back (again, a chiro or doctor would be a great resource for learning about better posture). Second, consider some targeted strength training for the areas that are worked the hardest. Something like yoga would also be a great way to incorporate strength training with flexibility. Third, take care of yourself after work. Use a heat pack when you relax on the sofa to ease away the strain and do some simple stretches on all the affected body parts as soon after work as possible. Fourth, if it turns out you are suffering from disc problems (as Scents described), you need to see a chiro or doctor regularly, even when you're not necessarily feeling pain. This type of injury will only grow worse if left untreated, and eventually it will not be fixable.

I really hope you feel better soon! I understand you're nervous about hearing bad news, but if you've had a problem for several days already, something is wrong. Otherwise you would have felt better by now. If it is a work-related injury, you may be able to claim some worker's compensation (I've never had to, so I'm guessing here).
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Scents Of Peace
Good Advice ! on Oct 28, 2007 @ 06:35 pm

I also recommend a chiro, because they will usually do X-rays to check alignment etc. before doing any adjustments and will probably refer you for an MRI based on your complaints.

Be careful with heat though !!!
IF you use heat - use it sparingly and in combination with ice therapy.

Heat is used to increase circulation to an injury to speed healing.
Ice is used in the acute stage to reduce swelling.

From experience, heat feels soooo much better than ice, BUT it can increase the swelling and increase the pressure on pinched nerves. I made that mistake years ago on a bulged disc I thought was "just a pulled muscle".

The bad part was that I worked in a chiro office at the time and knew better ;-(

I also wanted to let you know about Valerian Root - a natural relaxant until you can see a doc. It could help with any spasms you have, just use caution during the day as it an cause drowsiness. In other words, try it at home first and don't drive until you know how you react.

Valerian smells like dirty socks, but is not habit-forming ;-)
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Scents Of Peace
A positive note . . . on Oct 28, 2007 @ 06:52 pm

I just realized how doom and gloom scary my advice was . . .

Not saying this is the problem, but if it is - a bulged disc CAN repair itself if treated promptly ! The longer you let it go, the longer it takes to heal . . . so be patient with the process.

In a nutshell :
1) You MUST reduce the swelling immediately (ice)
2) Heat will relax the muscles, just don't overdo it.
3) Rest, rest, rest and more rest, so the body can heal itself.
4) Get treatment from a professional

The good news is that you said you sleep without pain - that is a VERY good sign ! In all probability, it is a pulled muscle or torn ligament.
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Jenniferb
thanks on Oct 29, 2007 @ 05:47 pm

thanks ladies!!!

I have an appointment with a top chiro on wednesday and I will report the news as soon as I know what's going on. Thank You so much for taking the time to help me I truly appreciate it!!!
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spotty
good job on Oct 30, 2007 @ 11:53 am

Good luck w/ your appointment! I hope it goes well. But even if its not great, at least you'll have some kind of diagnosis and be on the road to recovery. Keep us posted! :-)
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