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Lower back pain – new twist.

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March
28
2014

My lower back has been hurting since my bike wreck almost two weeks ago, but this week there’s been some new pain that was not present when I saw my doctor late last week.

It’s not a constant pain, I only feel it when I perform certain motions. For example, when I bend over slightly–legs straight–to lift the toilet seat, the pain suddenly flairs up. It’s an acute, sharp, tingling pain that I feel deep in my left buttock and at the upper inside of my left leg just below my buttock. As soon as I straighten my back, the pain goes away.

Lower Back Pain.

Lower Back Pain.

This new pain is in addition to the constant lower back aching that I’ve felt since the bike wreck. That constant lower back pain has, in fact, subsided a great deal over the past week; I’ve been diligently taking the anti-inflammatory medication (Etodolac) that my doctor prescribed, and it seems to be helping. I’ve also been taking the muscle relaxant (Cyclobenzaprine) my doctor prescribed, but only in the evenings because it knocks me on my ass. I really hate taking the Cyclobenzaprine because it makes me so dopey, but it really helps.

I’ll be going back to my doctor for my physical and to go over the results of my blood work (which I’m supposed to have done this morning), so I’ll discuss this new pain with him when I see him. Hopefully it’s just a pulled muscle and not something more serious.

I’m able to ride with the back pain, but on longer rides it becomes excruciating. For example, that 89 mile ride I did earlier this week became extremely painful after about 60 miles. With the 170 mile Cross-Florida ride just around the corner, this is a bit worrisome. I’m hoping for some significant improvement before that ride, which is just a little over a week away.

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12 Responses to “Lower back pain – new twist.”
  1. craigstr says:

    Dont pee. You will be fine. :-)

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  2. chitownlifter says:

    Sounds like you may have inflammed your sciatica nerve? That’s the nerve that runs through your pelvis and down your leg. Guys can sometimes bother it by sitting on a wallet. I did something to it once by sleeping on the couch funny. Once the inflammation and swelling of the nerve goes away the pain will subside. Usually take about a few weeks to a month. I’m sure the anti-inflammatory is helping.

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    • John Stone says:

      Yeah, I’ve been dealing with lower back issues/sciatica for more than half my life. I’ve been to many doctors/chiropractors over the past 25 years, and no one knows what the hell they are doing. Anyway, the recent pain I described in my blog this morning is new, never felt it before. Hopefully time and anti-inflammatory meds will do the trick. I’ll still mention it to my doctor when I see him next week.

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  3. super89rex says:

    I’ve had the same issues, sciatica down my left leg it is horrible. My belief is it happens when supporting tissue (tendons, muscles) around the base of the spine become aggravated and/or inflamed.

    I couldn’t walk for over a month, and it came on suddenly, wasn’t acute. Meds did nothing for me, make sure to do lower back stretches and glute stretches.

    I did a combination of knee to chest on back stretches, as well as cat stretches (on all fours hyper extend back toward ceiling for 30 seconds, and back toward floor and hold for 30) also hanging on a pull-up bar helps tremendously as it reduces weight off of the lower vertebrae.

    I tried chiropractor, anti-inflammatory and pain killers; in the end they did nothing so I stopped, in time constantly correcting my posture (keeping spine straight, not hyperextended or in flexion) and building lower back strength with things like weighted back extensions, core exercises, etc.

    But yeah I hear you I’ve been down that road, the extra weight you’ve lost will also help reduce future flare ups.

    Good luck.

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  4. ajlemke says:

    For the lower back pain and Sciatica, you should try Zostrix HP. I have been using it for years (started when it was prescription only, now it is available over the counter) and it is the only thing I found that helps. Apply a small amount at first because when it is working you will feel a lot of heat. Once applied I no longer feel any pain, just a lot of heat. The heat will come and go during the day, depending on your activity. When I first started I applied a little more every day to get to the level I wanted and could tolerate.

    A few words of caution. Be sure you either apply it with a pad or wash your hands repeatedly after you apply it. You do not want to get any of this on your face or other sensitive areas. When you shower and the water hits the area where you applied it, the heat will increase a lot. I mean really a lot. It is nothing I can’t deal with, but it is a shock if you aren’t expecting it. I usually wash the area with soap right away and the heat isn’t to bad. If you use a wash cloth to clean this area do not use it for anything else or you will get the cream on these areas – which would be a bad thing – voice of experience here. Hope it helps.

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  5. abuseguy says:

    I recall that you “slammed” your stem — lowering it down all the way without spacers after cutting off the steerer tube — so raising your stem is out of the question. But it may be worth testing a stem with a steeper rise for temporary relief while your back heals. It may take the pinch out of the lower back and allow you less painful miles.

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    • John Stone says:

      With the new bike I’ve got the two Trek-required 5mm spacers (a 5mm spacer above/below the stem is required on Trek bikes equipped with a carbon steerer tube). About a month ago I swapped my 110mmm stem out for a 70mm, and since then I’ve had ZERO back pain on rides (with the exception of what I’ve felt since the wreck). That shorter stem changed everything for me, as lower back ache used to be a real problem on rides.

      Anyway, the interesting thing is that even after the wreck, I’m still most comfortable in the drops (my preferred riding position). An upright position is actually significantly more painful then when I’m aero. I think this may be because I’m pretty limber, and by flattening my back out it absorbs much less impact from rough roads compared to when I’m more upright.

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  6. Derwinator says:

    Can’t recall reading if you had any X-rays after your wreck? You may want to have this done as you could have damaged a vertebrae or disc. After experiencing symptoms similar to yours I finally had a doctor order a lower back X-ray and was diagnosed with a Isthmic Spondylolisthesis caused by an intravertebral joint fracture. I know it sucks having having lower back problems, hope you just have some temporary inflammation instead.

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    • John Stone says:

      I think my doctor’s plan was to run the anti-inflammatory along with the muscle relaxant, and if things were not improved when I returned for my physical, to do an X-ray and possibly an MRI.

      My back is feeling a little better this morning!

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