RE: low back pain
Hey dude, sorry to hear about your low back pain. However, this is something that I know abit about. As some of the guys mentioned pain could come from your vertebrae which could have been stuck. The problem with pain or symptoms are that they are the first thing you notice, but it might not come directely related to when you got your vertebrae stuck. And then again symptoms (pain) can be the last thing to go away after your vertebrae has been freed.
The proposed mechanism to this from leading neurologists is that you get a irritation (local infection) around a nerve bed which causes both an indirectely and a directly pressure on the nerve or nerves in the area. This is very much like an local absess around your nerve. It is caused by friction/lack of motion, - it stayes more or less untill the problem is solved, then your body starts to deal with the "infected" area and the swelling, -it goes down and hence relief of pain. This process can take weeks.
Another issue with this is that if you go to long before you get your back sorted, the pressure on the nerve will hinder normal action potentials to travel up and down your nerves, this can on long term lead to either a (semi) permanent damaged nerve with reduced functionality or you can get a hyper active ganglion which sends pain signal all the time day and night. (may be treated with amitryptiline or codeine)
Then keep in mind that there are atleast 20 odd things which also can cause low back pain. This can be simply thight muscles (yes seriously), other is problems with internal organs that might send distress signal which is also perceived as back pain. The resoning behind this is rather complex so we can save that for later.. Anyway, if you are in doubt go see your GP get an X-ray taken (MRi is better for checking disc's) and get your kidneys and gall bladder checked out.
Last advice, go spend some money on some proper massage, trust me it will make you feel like a new man afterwards.
Best of luck to you mate and I hope this helps abit.
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