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Back ache due sprain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   i have strained my back while lifting a heavy happened 3 week back
Doctor :   Ok
User :   left of the spine
Doctor :   do you mean lower back?
User :   yes..left side
Doctor :   oK
Doctor :   any tenderness/pain at a specific point?
User :   yes it's there...lower back left side
Doctor :   ok
User :   it was almost gone last week...but again i did the same stuff and it came back
Doctor :   any fever?
User :   no nothing except the pain.
Doctor :   before i could proceed further can I ask a few relevant qustions?
User :   sure
Doctor :   thanks.
Doctor :   can i know your age?
User :   29
Doctor :   do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   i smoke, 5-6 /day
Doctor :   can i know your height and weight?
User :   182.5 cms /88 kgs
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   how do you travel to the office ?
User :   motor bike...but it doesn't pain on only after a good resting period or when i am trying to get up after lying for a while
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   since when are you noticing this pain?
Doctor :   has it been only from this past week?
Doctor :   or on and off discomfort, which has increased over time?
User :   3 weeks then it stopped and agin i lifted something heave last week n it there since then
Doctor :   ok
User :   it has always been bearable after the 1st three days
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   let me explain it to you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Lower back ache progresses slowly.
Doctor :   when we have risk factors , smoking being one, it can progress faster
Doctor :   you also drive a two wheeler, which again adds to the problem.
Doctor :   there has been a constant presure on your back , which has aggravated now, due to lifting heavy weights.
Doctor :   The best solution would be taking rest.
User :   its not exactly lower back..not atall at's bit left to the spine left side of the body
User :   just above the tyres
Doctor :   than medicines, we need to change our lifestyle and bring in some modifications to prevent it
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   this could mean a spasm of the para vertebral muscles too.
Doctor :   for now, you must take rest, some inflammation may be present
Doctor :   have you taken any pain killers?
User :   nothing...i have never taken a pain killer in my life
User :   i have applied volini and some ayurvedic oil
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   fine, i would want to tel you, anything related to your back can present in this way
Doctor :   especially on lifting weights
Doctor :   first of all, even if this a spasm, you will need good amount of rest.
Doctor :   try to minimize your activities
Doctor :   so that it does not add on to the pain
Doctor :   this will help the muscles to release the contraction.
User :   should i visit a doctor or may be x ray or something like that...
Doctor :   you can take a pain killer, it will help you.
User :   kind of afraid of those...never have taken one
Doctor :   X ray may not be needed, but you may need an examination by the doctor.
Doctor :   ok
User :   ok..
User :   thanks a lot
Doctor :   but make sure you take rest
User :   sure..i will
Doctor :   this is the first thing which we suggest in back ache or a spasm also.
User :   ok will do as said...thanks again
Doctor :   continue the Volini application, but these are symptomatic only
User :   ok
Doctor :   I expect your pain will subside with rest in a coupe of days.
User :   if not?
Doctor :   do not lift heavy weights any more.
Doctor :   if not, you will need a physical examination
User :   ok
Doctor :   after rest, you could learn exercises to strengthen the back
User :   ok
Doctor :   avoid two wheeler for few days.
Doctor :   any other pain in the legs ?
Doctor :   or anywhere else?
User :   no nothing
Doctor :   thats fine.
Doctor :   this must subside soon with rest.
Doctor :   use a hard mattress and lie flat on your back.
Doctor :   any other questions that I can help you with?
Doctor :   are you there with me?
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
User :   that all for now...thankks for all the suggestions
Doctor :   ok
User :   bye
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   bye for now.
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