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Back spasm with pain for years old patient. What is wrong?

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2-3 times a year for the past 6 years old patientI have had back problems. My back will spasm in the same spot and then my back will be stuck at a 45-90 degree angle for days. At any given time my back never feels 100% when I bend over. I'm in the military and they have not given me an xray or mri because they keep telling me its a muscle strain but I'm not doing anything when my back gives out. 3 days ago I was on the floor and couldn't move for 10 minutes after a muscle spasm. Sometimes ill be lifting something and it will go off but now it doesn't matter what I do. Knowing that my back is so sensitive I rarely lift anything. What is wrong with my lower back?

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Expert:  Dr. Karun Jain replied 4 Days.

Thanks for your query at DoctorSpring.com
I have read your history. You are having repeated back pain with spasm since long and you have not been evaluated for this.
I strongly recommend you to get the MRI of your back done. That should be the first step in your back evaluation. Few blood tests may be required, only after clinical examination. So I recommend you to meet your spine surgeon and get your back evaluated in details both clinically and radio-pathologically.
Meanwhile, take rest, avoid straining your back & take anti iflammatory medicine as & when required.
I hope my opinion will help you.
You can get back to us also after your MRI reports.
Take care. Stay happy & healthy,

Patient replied :

Based on what I told you, what could the possible problems be? I know I wont know anything for sure until I get an MRI but I'm wondering about the possibilities.

Expert:  Dr. Karun Jain replied 3 Days.

Thanks for your reply,
Well, based on your details, it can be possible para-spinal muscle spasm or disc lesion or arthritis or may be something else.
Dear, I dont think that you should think about so many problems whole together and better to reach the proper diagnosis. We have so many spine problems documented in literature. You will be unnecessary worried.
Please get yourself evaluated.
Stay happy & healthy,

Patient replied :

I got these xray today. Doc said he will order a mri for me depending on my xrays. Do you see anything worth noting?

Expert:  Dr. Karun Jain replied 2 Days.

Thanks for writing back to us.
I have seen the xrays which shows spondylotic changes with mild scoliosis.
Xrays are not the substitute of MRI. I recommend to get it done. At the same time, please follow your treating doctor instructions also, in case he wants to get some additional test done.
Get well soon,

Dr. Karun Jain
Category: Spine Surgeon
MBBS, 2002 - Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
D.Orth, 2009- J.S.S Medical College, Mysore
MS - Orthopaedics, 2011 - University of Seychelles - American Institute of Medicine
Currently pursuing ChM (Trauma & Orthopedics) from The Royal college of Surgeons, Edinburgh & University of Edinburgh, U.K
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