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I am 47, have had a bad back since 22 when I bent down to

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i am 47, have had a bad back since 22 when I bent down to pick up a weight, over the years my back has gone out on me in a major way a dozen times, and another dozen times in a minor way, 2 days days ago it went out on me, the worst ever, ibubrofen isnt
working for the first time ever, I have what appears to be slight swelling on my spine a few inches above my tailbone, how concerned should I be? I am on vacation and out of the state where my insurance is, I spoke to my insurance and they said that I am only
covered for a "true" emergency and not covered for a specialist
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Orthopedics
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

This is indeed concerning.

This suggests slipped discs at your spine.

When the vertebral bodies are not well aligned, the slipping takes place with heavy lifting or bending activities.

Rapid development of numbness of buttock, legs, loss of bowel or bladder control will warrant urgent evaluation in the ER.

Still, your current symptoms can be considered emergency as well.

The swelling and inflammation can be controlled by the oral prednisone ( steroid).

You should apply lot of ice 10 minutes every 3 hours.

You can use Over the counter Aleve 2 tabs twice daily.

Back brace can be used for support.

Best wishes,

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