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Old 08-23-2007, 11:46 AM   #2
Susie Rosenberg
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Re: Lumbar (lower back) strain - ugh

[QUOTE=James Reynolds;181058]

This is my first real back pain, and it's NOT fun. I'm sure some of you, unfortunately, have some experience with this. Doc said it may take 10 days to SIX WEEKS to feel better! Anyone have similar happen?

Hey, I'm really sorry to hear about your back pain...

Something like that happened to me a couple of years ago. I was putting down dumbbells---and they weren't even heavy---and my back popped. Intense pain, absolutely stuck immobile, couldn't even hobble for a few minutes.

I had no foot drop or other signs of motor weakness, just back and sciatic pain, so I went for acupuncture. First time, ever. Had two treatments, one day apart, and after the second treatment, got up off the table pain-free. Danced at my sons' joint Bar Mitzvah that weekend.

If you do develop any foot drop or weakness, do see an orthopedic or neurosurgeon. Otherwise, rest with activity as tolerated, ice/heat/, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture....

Hope you are fully recovered FAST.

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