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Suggest treatment for left-sided lower back soreness and pressure while walking

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Posted on Mon, 25 May 2015
Question: On my lower left side of my back is extremely soar. I can bend over without pain but can't walk without it hurting. It feels like a muscle strain or tear but not sure. My lower back was in pain this past week with a muscle spasm (per my doctor) he prescribed a z pack and a muscle relaxer. All the pain went away except for the side I mentioned above. Have been using a heating pain and taking an anti-inflammatory prescription. Nothing seems to work. When I take a step the pressure of walking makes it extremely difficult as the pain is extreme with each step. I can sit down ok and bend over but walking or rotating my hips left or right causes pain. Thank you for you're time. XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Ralf Von Seckendorff (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Muscle spasm yes, but can also be bone or ligament issue behind this

Detailed Answer:
Dear patient,

first of all, the diagnosis of muscle spasm is very likely and reasonable. This can take up to 1-2 weeks to loosen up with local warmth and anti-inflammatory medication, so please continue the treatment. In addition to the medication, your doctor can also give you injections with local anesthetic. Also physical therapy can be very helpful if that is an option for you.

However, if this doesn't improve, x ray of lower back and even mri is advisable to rule out any bone or disc/ ligament issue that might stand behind this.

Hope this is helping you , if you have any clarificatons you can get back to me, if this was helpful please kindly rate my answer. Best regards


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Brief Answer: Muscle spasm yes, but can also be bone or ligament issue behind this Detailed Answer: Dear patient, first of all, the diagnosis of muscle spasm is very likely and reasonable. This can take up to 1-2 weeks to loosen up with local warmth and anti-inflammatory medication, so please continue the treatment. In addition to the medication, your doctor can also give you injections with local anesthetic. Also physical therapy can be very helpful if that is an option for you. However, if this doesn't improve, x ray of lower back and even mri is advisable to rule out any bone or disc/ ligament issue that might stand behind this. Hope this is helping you , if you have any clarificatons you can get back to me, if this was helpful please kindly rate my answer. Best regards