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I have hurt my back. Would like to know if it sounds like a

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I have hurt my back. Would like to know if it sounds like a disc injury or a muscle sprain ?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Orthopedics
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

I am sorry that you hurt your back

how old are you?

are you male or female?

where you lifting something heavy when this happened?

have you hurt your back before?

have you ever had a spine MRI scan before when you hurt your back?

if you have had disk herniation and slipped disk before and are proned to slipped disks, then this is important to know

slipped disk can also press on nerves which exit the spinal cord which can cause pain to radiate down into your buttocks, back of your thighs and into your legs

do you have pain radiating down?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Hi there . I am 33 and a female . I'm not over weight or prone to previous back injury . I had a baby 2 months ago and did experience lower back pain during pregnancy . A week ago , I tried to lift a heavy laundry basket and felt a strong painful pull in my back . The next day I was in excruciating pain . It hurts the most when bending and twisting to the right . When I out my head to chest it's very painful in my Lower back . I haven't noticed any tingle or numbness ... just a deep pain that has been for a week . I have a hard time getting out of bed and breastfeeding and holding my baby .
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I have not noticed pain in legs or buttocks . I have not had a MRI . I'm breastfeeding so I have been taking Motrin and advil for pain and icing the injury .
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

that is good you are icing and taking anti-inflammatories

you can also try heating pads to help relax your back muscles

at your age, more likely just a muscle strain or muscle sprain.

make sure you take the motrin and advil with food in your stomach and with plenty of water

let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
How long will this take to heal . It's been a week and it's still very painful
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

this varies from patient to patient.

some patients takes longer than others.

you may benefit from wearing a back brace as well which could help support your back.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Is it normal that my lower right back hurts near my waist when I lower my head ? Do u think it's a disc or muscle ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

that sounds like a muscle strain.

when you tilt your head down, you stretch your back muscles.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok . So besides ice / heat and ibuprofen what else can I do to speed healing ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

lumbar support when sitting down.

you can wear a back brace as well.

healthy diet can help

drinking more water

not smoking

no alcohol.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

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