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Suggest treatment for severe pain in back and legs

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Posted on Sat, 23 Jul 2016
Question: I have severe back problems with pain in back, legs, and can't walk upright without severe pain. Should I refrain from a 1500 mile car trip
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (14 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
may worsen your back pain

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It would be best to avoid this if possible unless there would be very frequent breaks so that you can get out at intervals or there is very good back support in the vehicle used.
The ability to elevate the legs , if possible, would also be helpful

Prolonged sitting for such a long period of time would like exacerbate the pain the back due to pressure on muscles in the back and the discs ( these lie between the vertebra)
Worsening of back pain can sometimes affect the legs

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (6 minutes later)
Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
no problem

Detailed Answer:
If there are any other problems or concerns, feel free to ask
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest treatment for severe pain in back and legs

Brief Answer: may worsen your back pain Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic It would be best to avoid this if possible unless there would be very frequent breaks so that you can get out at intervals or there is very good back support in the vehicle used. The ability to elevate the legs , if possible, would also be helpful Prolonged sitting for such a long period of time would like exacerbate the pain the back due to pressure on muscles in the back and the discs ( these lie between the vertebra) Worsening of back pain can sometimes affect the legs I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions