i have had back pain for 3 years. help?

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Hi, I'm a 16 year old female and I have been suffering from back and foot pain on and of for about 3 years. I do not know if the problems are related as they do not occur at the same time.

Back pain: I randomly get a sharp stabbing pain in the lower middle of my back just above my dimples. the pain can last between 5 minutes and 3o minutes. the pain can differ in severity. when the pain occurs i am unable to walk or move. normally i am unable to move my legs feet or back but on rare occasions i can be completely unable to move. if i try to move sometimes i can but the pain increase to the point that it is unbearable. there is no trigger or warning the pain just occurs. the pain can spread to my entire body which is extremely painful. most of the time i feel like i am going to pass out but i don't. i can also get a less painful throbbing or ache in the same place that is very uncomfortable and last a much longer period of time.

Foot pain: Again i randomly get sharp shooting pain in either left or right foot on the inside between my heel and the start of my big toe. the pain is usually moderate and lasts from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. i am unable to move my foot or toes, but i can move my leg which causes a lot more server pain.

Please could you give me an idea of what could be causing both or either problem. what i could do to relive/stop the pain or any treatment that could help. Thank you in advance!

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    It sounds to me like you have a pinched nerve in your back. And when you feel the stabbing pain is when it gets pinched and then what's pinching it releases and the pain stops. It could also be what's causing your foot pain although I'm not 100% sure on that one. There's really not a lot you can do about it except maybe see a physical therapist. Or get a massage now and then. Hopefully you're at young enough age that it can repair itself before it gets worse than it is. I'm assuming you have not seen a doctor about it and have had no x-rays or MRIs on your back. You might want to go see your doctor so he can do an x-ray to rule out any serious injury to your back and refer you to a physical therapist.

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    I think it could be the sciatic nerve as I had back and foot pain in the early days of my bad back. Because it went undiagnosed my back was damaged further because I didn't know how bad it was. I would advise that you go for an MRI as you may have a slipped disk and if it's affecting your legs it could be close to the S1 nerve root 

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    Sorry to hear about your back troubles... Sounds like you are going through a lot of pain and discomfort. I was going through the same thing for 3-4 years until i found a book called Healing Back Pain By: Dr John E Sarno. After finding a cure for my back pain i said i will reach out to everyone i can. 

    3 Years ago I was in a car accident that caused a whip lash in my neck which resulted into major Neck, Back and Left Arm pain. After MRI's and Ex rays doctors told me i have a C5-C6 herniated Disc. After 2 years of Physical Therapy, injections, seeing neurologist and spinal doctors nothing could help. My Back surgeon advised surgery and I thought that was my way out of this misery. 3 months later I had the surgery and i finally started feeling better! I continued to get rehab and massages for a year and a half after the surgery and i felt great! All of a sudden the pain came back with a vengeance. At this point i could not bare the pain i was dealing with.. I could not sleep, lift, sit or lay down without feeling some kind of pain or extreme discomfort. 

    This is when i found Dr. John E Sarno's Book. I've been reading all of his books this year and i can finally say i cured my back pain. This may sound crazy to some of you but what most of you are experiencing is not actually "back pain". It is oxygen deprivation that is making you think you have a back abnormality. We have a conscious and an unconscious mind. Most of you may have thoughts or repressed anger in your unconscious that you may have never addressed or faced. What your body is doing is distracting your mind from reaching into your unconscious by causing you to focus on a physical pain such as Back pain, Leg pain, Sciatica and so on. 

    Unfortunately Dr. John E Sarno is no longer with us and has passed this summer. I do not work for him or any of his colleagues trying to sell his book. I'm just a normal guy that experienced all of your troubles. Its an easy read and the book is 8 dollars on Amazon. Give it a try and you will thank me later.          

    Reviews on Amazon speak for themselves smile 

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      Hi J00Nn218

      I am currently undergoing treatment for spondylholisthesis of the L5,S1  and a narrowing or the L1,L2 disk space. I also have an unstable pelvis and neck. I am also having an MRI because of the neurological symptoms that I'm experiencing and the pressure put on my nerves. My problems are assumed to be a birth defect or how I grew in the womb.  My chiropractic and physiotherapy seems to be working. I have mental health problems and have had a pretty rough 4/5 years so a lot of my anxiety, stress, depression etc. have contributed to my back problems. I have just gone and found Dr John's book, me and my mom are going to purchase the book. it was really interesting to read your experience and I'm so glad that you are finally feeling better. I'm really glad you reached out to me, and I hope that my treatment along with your book recommendation can get me back to full health ready for when I finish school next year.

      THANK YOU so much!!  

      Best wishes

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    Hi Chloe 

    I’m not sure I can be much help but thoug y I would post anyway as any assistance no matter how small has helped me allot with these forums.

    I’m sorry to hear your problems and it sounds like you have been through the mill for a while now.

    I have experience with allot of what you have said and have dealt with my issues since I was finally diagnosed at 18. A little older than you but it has been one hell of a journey. 

    I too deal with mental health issues depression/anxiety and some of it stems from the diagnosis which in my case has gone on to be Much worse. I am not sayin this will happen to you at all I hope that you get it treated and go on I live a healthy life. I was diagnosed too late that was my problem and they couldn’t do anything for me. I am now 37 and livecday to day with the problems and constant chronic pain.

    I actually have shurmans desease thoracic Kyphosis and bone hypertrophic growths in the spinal canal plus lumbar spine straitening.

    My vertebrae didn’t grow on the inside and the result was a stacked spine which is vertically bone on bone.

    What I wanted to say to someone who is so young and going through what you’ve already gone through is that’s the docs will try to mask the problems with painkillers.

    This is ok until you find you need to increase dose and then the strength of the painkiller. I have been on so many opioids which are closely related to heroin for the last 18 years and even they don’t work after a while. Please don’t take opioids. They ruin who you are and make you like a zombie. I have had to detox several times and believe me I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

    I am currently detoxing the strongest opioid around Fentanyl which I have been on for 2-6 years. It is hell. I thought it was a miricle at first but it soon needed increasing and increasing again till I reached the linit. 

    I have said now that this id the last opioid I take no matter what pain I am in I’m not taking anymore. And I have sworn to tell anybody who is in chronic pain to stay away from it as it is an awful opioid 100x more potent than morphine so you can understand the strength.

    If you are offered them try your hardest to think about it and if you can refuse. Docs don’t tend to tell you anything about the side effects or the detox when they give them and from someone who knows first hand they are nasty.

    I don’t mean to upset or scare you I Mac aware of your age but I wanted to share my experience with pain docs and what they did to me. They basically masked the pain rather than treating it for far to long and then it’s too late for me now.

    But it isn’t for you you have your whole life ahead of you and you might not think so now but you have so much to look forward too as you grow up don’t let the pain stop you 

    Try and be strong and fight for what you need to be done I’m sure your parents will help with that too.

    I wish you all the best for the future and hope you get sorted soon.


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      Hey Andy,

      Thank you for your comment. I'm in exactly the position you described with the painkillers, Ive been on tramadol diazepam morphine codeine and there just not working anymore. they don't seem to take the edge of anymore. my docs are very conscious of putting me on long term very strong meds. I don't like to take pain meds so I don't really plan on taking the any longer then I have to. I have an Whole spine and pelvis SIJ's MRI for the 28th December so hopefully we should have some idea of what's wrong.

      I'm so sorry that you have been though all that you have it must be awful and I cant start to imagine what you have been though

      Thanks again


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    Ive been having back and Hip pain for 8 months. It would hurt while sitting and standing too. I had a very low tolerance to sit. There was pain down my right leg that showed symptoms of sciatica but an MRI ruled out a possibility of that. But then what was causing the pain. 7 Months later after going through so much pain i got bad heel pain and the doctor said it might all be sign of Vitamin Deficiency. Now im on treatment for it so isuggest you to please do a blood test and check your Vitamin D and calcium levels. i hope this would help you in some way. i;m sorry about the pain you are going through.

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    Hi Chloe!

    I recently came upon some similar symptoms and wants dto share with you a way in which I alleviated my back and foot pain. When I mentioned this to my friend, who is studying sports medicine, saying that I had tried therapy, posture devices,chiropractors, and acupuncture. She told me that although most of the back/posture devices out there are flimsy, do not provide the right support, and are not comfortable, she recommended the Sidwell Health Posture Corrector. She said that it was infused with high quality materials that provided genuine lumbar support and offered comfort by providing bamboo fabric pads. So I went ahead nd bought it. I can honestly say that from the day that I received it, it has gradually alleviated my back pain and improved my posture which I later found out was connected the bad back alignment of the spine which was demonstrated by the constant aching in the back, foot, and neck. Best regards and best of luck! 

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