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The other day I was climbing over a wall that was 6 feet high.

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The other day I was climbing over a wall that was 6 feet high. When i jumped down I had immediate paid to my lower back, I was hunched over and pretty much crawled to my car. Now the paid comes in waves. Its always their but at times hurts way more than others. I haven't been able to stand up straight at all. And when I can walk, the pain hurts move when I step with my right leg. I leave for Europe in a week and I don't have insurance to see a doctor because I just got a new job and have to wait 90 days. I have been trying to stretch my back twice a day and put ice pack on it. Neither are helping, please help me with some advice. Thanks.

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

Sorry to hear about your symptoms.

mysticdoc :

You may have caused significant injury to your lower spine.

mysticdoc :

There can be compression fracture of the spine.

mysticdoc :

Herniated disc is another possibility.

mysticdoc :

These conditions can cause pinching of the nerves supplying your legs.

mysticdoc :

Your problem is more pronounced in the right side --hence the nerve compression is likely on that side.

mysticdoc :

There is also severe sprain of the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine.

mysticdoc :

A back brace will be helpful initially to provide support to the spine.

mysticdoc :

Avoid any bending, or weight lifting for the time being.

mysticdoc :

Ibuprofen 600 mg every 6 hours with food will help with the pain.

mysticdoc :

A muscle relaxant like Methocarbamol will help, but requires prescription.

mysticdoc :

Ideally, you should get lower spine xrays and get a clinical evaluation if possible.

mysticdoc :

If not, at least avoid any aggravating activities till the pain improves.

Customer:

What do I do to get this fixed?

Customer:

long term

mysticdoc :

Please get a back brace and avoid any exercise till the pain subsides.

mysticdoc :

After the pain is reduced a great deal, then physical therapy can be started.

mysticdoc :

Lower back exercises should be performed after 2 weeks of adequate rest or till the pain has gone down significantly.

mysticdoc :

There are various exercises --better to see a physiatrist for an evaluation.

mysticdoc :

This is a link to some of the exercises:

Customer:

Any other over the counter medicine I could take that would help, long with ibuprofen?

mysticdoc :

Tylenol also can be taken.

mysticdoc :

Topical ointments like IcyHot or Moov also can be tried.

Customer:

Ok thank you

mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

It was my pleasure to help you today.


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