After being hospitalised for diabetic foot ulcer and after 4 operations I returned home to recover. After many months and wearing a diabetic boot minimising standing and walking, my foot healed. Boot removed and I attempted to walk with the aid of a stick. After about 5 to10 minutes started to experience lower backache which quickly got so bad it was impossible to walk any more and I had to rest after about 50 to 100 meters.I quickly experienced the exact same pain simply by standing, after about 7 minutes. As soon as I sit down, pain switched off immediately.This was over 2 years ago and symptoms still exactly the same. X-Ray and mri scans revealed nothing to account for this. Anybody experienced same symptoms.? Also I think that my affected leg does not respond during intense pain although I cannot be sure. I am in limbo.
Severe lower back pain but only whilst standing. - Pain Concern
Hi I had MRI scan then surgery .unfortunately due to the length of time i had these symptoms 30 months the damage was done and the sciatic nerve is permanently damaged. I suffer pain every day.
My leg and thigh burns when standing and walking. I end up limping or trailing my leg. The pain in my back is excruciating and no pain killer or medication helps
I had an MRI scan plus x-ray and nothing untoward seen. I get no pain whatsoever unless I stand for about 7 minutes. The pain then becomes unbearable over the next few minutes. I don't take painkillers as these will be useless and I have learned to accept the fact I will never walk or even stand for even a short length of time. I can drive to certain shops for in and out shopping with the aid of a trolley which takes the weight off to a degree. Please God you
do not suffer this pain unless standing or walking ?
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Thanks but I wear diabetic footwear and as I am high risk diabetic I see the podiatrist every few weeks. I do have a limp however due to a calcconectomy on my left foot. The consultant released m e from hospital only after I was a assessed by the occupational therapist for walking. The problem only became apparent after my foot wound healed months after discharge. What is p uzz ling is that you can almost count to the minute after standing when the ache starts. After sitting down the pain completely disappears.. Also I w ear different types of footwear whilst in the house anyway and cannot even dream of walking for more than a few minutes before sitting down. The pain is that intense and I would not even contemplate further treatment without a positive diagnosis for fear of exacerbating the problem.
It sounds like you're having a very difficult time with pain and that it is affecting your daily living activities.
What sort of pain management strategies have you already tried to help manage the lower back pain? Here is a link providing some information on living with pain, with topics ranging from drug treatments, to psychological treatments and pain management programmes:
Maybe have a read of some of the information, and perhaps you could discuss some treatment options with a healthcare professional?
I hope this information was useful.
Moderator 4, on behalf of Pain Concern
My only strategy is to accept I will never walk or even stand for more than a few minutes ,about 10. The Scans show nothing untoward to account for the pain which is clearly due to the upper body mass affecting something in the lumber area.
I have taken codeine painkillers pending the result of PMR test another burden I developed recently. Thankfully the steroids did the trick. However the codeine had absolutely no affect on my back pain. What I need is access to an upright MRI scanner if such a thing existed ,lying down does not show up the pressure area as there is no pain whilst lying or sitting down. Is such a machine available do you know ? I noticed on the link there is a mention of tens machines I I have already bought one but waiting for access to my GP until after the current crisis. The only response I have had after the scan apparently showed nothing untoward, was the usual fallback when the professionals don't have a clue -physiotherapy. This is not satisfactory and such 'advice' could prove catastrophic without an educated diagnosis. As alluded to before,without experiencing the symptoms then there is nothing that the scans can see. This is the my quandary, a catch 22......