Doctors Lounge - Orthopedics Answers
"The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."
Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain
Question: Severe mid and lower back pain
|Caitybug - Sat May 30, 2009 11:33 am||
I awoke yesterday to the worst back pain of my entire life. I had pretty bad sciatic pain during my pregnancy and that was nothing compared to this. Also, I have had stiffness and pain in my right calf, ankle and foot for the past 2 weeks. The pain in my back starts in the area of my bra line and encompasses my entire lower back. It hurts to move, breathe, sit, stand, etc. Please help!!
|Tom Plamondon PA-C - Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:23 pm||
The pain near the bra line with difficulty breathing is likely from muscle spasms secondary to the sciatica flare up (right leg symptoms for 2 weeks).
The immediate plan calls for muscle relaxation and pain control with medicine and/or hot and cold packs.
Then it is activity as tolerated and gentle exercise.
If needed physical therapy for a few weeks.
If symptoms worsen despite conservative treatment you may need to see a back specialist (orthopedist or neurologist).
|| Check a doctor's response to similar questions|
Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?
Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community
Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.
Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.