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Worsening back pain

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I have been practicing only about 2 years in corporate dentistry. I have started experiencing horrible mid back pain (where your bra strap goes). After one or two patients my back hurts and feels as if it is on fire. It has hurt so bad I could cry. I have ordered a saddle stool and I wear loupes. I’ve also been seeing a chiropractor for about 5 weeks with no luck. I use icy hot and take ibuprofen. I have been considering getting an anti inflammatory from my primary. This pain makes me not want to go to work, and very worried for my future. I don’t think my body can do this much longer. Help please!



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Check your ergonomics: elbows in, sitting on top of your tail bone, shoulders down, etc. You may also want to check if your saddle stool is adjusted correctly. Saddle stools can make things worse if the adjustment isn’t perfect. Also, strengthen. Yoga, pilates, anything to strengthen those back muscles. Don’t forget to move. What happens when we stay in the same position for long periods of time with our muscles tense is blood flow gets cut off. I would keep seeing a chiropractor, get massages, and even go to physical therapy if the pain doesn’t let up. If you do see a physical therapist make sure they are NAIOMT trained. Their credentials will say something like Name, PT, RPJ, COMT (the COMT is important). It may be worth seeing your primary doc for a referral and possibly getting imaging done (MRI). If you have a bulging disc, you need to know sooner than later. The other thing worth considering is how long are you given for appointments? If you aren’t given ample time, stress can cause you to tense up, again cutting off blood flow to muscles and tissue hence causing damage and pain. My biggest advice is finding the reason for the pain, not just covering symptoms with meds. Meds help in the short term, but over the long term, they don’t solve the problem. It’s like placing Arestin into a diseased perio pocket without removing the irritant (calculus) and expecting it to heal. I wish you the best of luck with this, chronic pain is the worst!

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MJohnson I am also in corporate dentistry and have been practicing hygiene for 31 years. I have muscle pain and soreness in my right shoulder area and have been to an orthopedic doctor for help. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory, Meloxicam (Mobic). This is truly a miracle drug for this pain. I only have to take one or a half of one and the next day I am back to normal. I highly recommend seeing a medical doctor for an anti-inflammatory drug. He did place me on this drug for many days the first time I saw him due to the chronic inflammation I had at the time but I only have to take it once in awhile now because it works so fast. If you are like me, you do not have time to hurt. Best of luck to you.

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I bought a foam roller and use it both before/after work every day. It does miracles! They have some cheap ones on amazon.

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