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22 Aug 2007

Osteoarthritis in spine 'cos have O-poro
Hi Cyberdoc

I have very controlled Osteoporosis (since '91) in my spine as well as arthritis in my hands. Since the weekend (19/8) I have had excrutiating pain in my lower back, only on the left side tho. Could this be arthritis as my doctor says I have osteoarthritis in my spine as a result of the osteoporosis!!?? Anyway I am sitting here with a hotwater bottle pressed up against my lower back which seems to be helping, but from being an extremely active and very supple person I feel like a cripple and can hardly bend over or even battled to get out of bed this am. Pse give me your thoughts.

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Healthy Bones
Healthy Bones

01 Jan 0001

Dear Bag o' bones
It could be that you hurt the sacro-iliac joint by performing a sudden movement. Osteo arthritis can cause little bony spikes on the vertebrae (osteophytes) that can also cause some discomfort. I suggest you see a neurosurgeon for an opinion if the pain persists. It may also be a bad muscle spasm , but all the same, I think you should get an expert opinion.
Also- don't sit up, rather stand or lie down. Sitting is not very good when you have a back injury. I hope you are taking some anti-inflammatories like Voltaren or Brufen etc.
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