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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Lower back pain going down right leg
Doctor :   Hi
User :   For the past few months, I have had mild lower back pain which tends to go down my right leg - any ideas what this could indicate?
User :   Hi there
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Go ahead with your query
User :   For the past few months, I have had mild lower back pain which tends to go down my right leg - any ideas what this could indicate?
Doctor :   May I know your age and occupation?
User :   Yes, I am 28 years of age and I work in a call centre
Doctor :   D=On which side of the leg the pain is going down?
Doctor :   sorry
User :   Mostly the outside of the leg
Doctor :   you said right
User :   Yes, right leg
Doctor :   Do you have any problem with urination or bowel movements?
User :   No, nothing out of the ordinary
Doctor :   How many hours you work for a day? Does it involve contunous sitting?
User :   Yes it does, I do 9 hour shifts every other day - sometimes 2 or 3 nights in a row
Doctor :   Do you have tingling and numbness in the legs?
User :   And the hours are 6pm to 3am - so I am usually pretty tired too
User :   I don't have tingling or numbness, no
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Is the pain getting worse lately?
User :   I think it has recently yes, paracetamol and inboprufen tend to keep it at bay
Doctor :   There are few possibilities. 1 occupational related . Mostly arthritis of disc
Doctor :   2. strain
Doctor :   3. there is less possibility of disc prolapse
Doctor :   Are follwing me.
User :   Do you suggest I see my GP? Or should I wait and see if it improves?
Doctor :   I can give you some tips and you can try
User :   That would be great - yes please
Doctor :   and if persostent you can visit your MD
User :   Ok, that sounds good to me
Doctor :   For every 30 min 45 min get out of the chair at work and strech your back
Doctor :   Do back muscle strengthening exercises
Doctor :   I dont know if yo are over weight
User :   I am 5ft 6 and weight just under 10 stone
User :   I will try your suggestions and see if there is any improvement over the next few weeks
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Sit properly
Doctor :   Your bac should be staright
Doctor :   hands should be parallel to the ground when you are sitting
User :   Ok, that's something I have never really thought about, I will give that a try
Doctor :   These are small things but whic helps in long run
User :   Excellent, thank you so much for your advice - I will do as you say and hopefully start feeling better soon
Doctor :   Choose a seat with good lower back support, arm rests and a swivel base. Consider placing a pillow or rolled towel in the small of your back to maintain its normal curve. Keep your knees and hips level.
User :   Oh right, ok, that makes sense.
User :   I will give all these suggestions a try
Doctor :   You can videos abourt back exercises
Doctor :   If nothing works out, if the pain is getting worse, the consult your GP
Doctor :   There are different modes of treatment
Doctor :   But mostly they advise pain killers: Tylenol+ advil first
Doctor :   They advise Physiotheraphy
User :   That makes sense. I will try everything you say and if not, I will see my GP
Doctor :   At this stage , you don;t need MRI
User :   Ok, that's good
User :   Thank you so much for all your help
Doctor :   Did I answer your queries?
User :   You did thank you, very well
Doctor :   Do you have any other questions?
User :   And I am reassured that it's nothing too serious
User :   That's everything thank you
Doctor :   Very good
User :   Thank you, have a good day
Doctor :   Thank you for consullting
User :   Bye
Doctor :   You have a great Day
Doctor :   Please leave you feed back after the chat.
Doctor :   Bye
User :   I will, definately - thank you
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