Constant pain at the top of my back? Watch

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I’m currently part time working in retail, and my job involves me loading vans for home delivery. I have been working here for a year now and for about 9 months have had constant back pain at the top/middle. My job is only alongside my studies so I’m only there 2 days a week. However, the back pain is becoming very annoying and increasingly worse. I find myself having to click the bones in my back every 5/10 minutes for the pain to ease until I can then click it again. Is this just because I have to lift extremely heavy stuff or have I permanently damaged my back? Do I need to see a doctor? I want to work in healthcare so I need to make sure my health is next to perfect for my future career.
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Hi there, sorry to hear about your pain. I have a few questions to ask (based on which, we might be able to come up with a way to deal with it)

Regarding your pain, how would you describe it? (sharp? dull? does it go along the spine / spread to other areas or just in 1 area?)
Do you get regular breaks at work? what sort of shoes do you wear at work? do you have broad shoulders? how hard is your matress and how often do you turn it over? how many pillows do you sleep with? Do you have any spinal issues like scoliosis? Do you currently use any medication (like over the counter pain meds, recreational drugs)?
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Slipped disc?

Just to clarify, I have no authority whatsoever to give medical advice. See an osteopath, or a physiotherapist, or a doctor - whoever does have the authority to give you advice.
If I had to guess, you are lifting things badly. You should lift with your legs.
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Hi there, sorry to hear about your pain. I have a few questions to ask (based on which, we might be able to come up with a way to deal with it)

Regarding your pain, how would you describe it? (sharp? dull? does it go along the spine / spread to other areas or just in 1 area?)
Do you get regular breaks at work? what sort of shoes do you wear at work? do you have broad shoulders? how hard is your matress and how often do you turn it over? how many pillows do you sleep with? Do you have any spinal issues like scoliosis? Do you currently use any medication (like over the counter pain meds, recreational drugs)?
Hi, thanks for your reply. I would describe it as a constant dull ache and occasionally if I’m sat in an awkward position I notice it more and it turns into pain. It’s from half way up to the top of my back, but not my neck.
I tend to do 6 hour shifts so get a break after 4 hours ish. I wear nike 95’s so they have some height to them as it makes walking a lot more comfortable.
I do a lot of heavy lifting but I’m not really sure if I have broad shoulders? My matress is spring and it seems comfortable to me, I have never turned it over.
I’ve also never been to the doctors about my back pain as I always thought it was due to my job however I’m now in discomfort all day everyday yet I only work 12 hours a week so something isn’t adding up as people who work full time only get pain when they are there?
And no I’m quite use to having the ache there so my method is just clicking my back for the pain to go.
I don’t know if it has anything to do with it but I’m pretty sure I broke my coccyx about 6 ish years ago?
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Hi, thanks for your reply. I would describe it as a constant dull ache and occasionally if I’m sat in an awkward position I notice it more and it turns into pain. It’s from half way up to the top of my back, but not my neck.
I tend to do 6 hour shifts so get a break after 4 hours ish. I wear nike 95’s so they have some height to them as it makes walking a lot more comfortable.
I do a lot of heavy lifting but I’m not really sure if I have broad shoulders? My matress is spring and it seems comfortable to me, I have never turned it over.
I’ve also never been to the doctors about my back pain as I always thought it was due to my job however I’m now in discomfort all day everyday yet I only work 12 hours a week so something isn’t adding up as people who work full time only get pain when they are there?
And no I’m quite use to having the ache there so my method is just clicking my back for the pain to go.
I don’t know if it has anything to do with it but I’m pretty sure I broke my coccyx about 6 ish years ago?
The clicking method to me seems like a spinal alignment issue tbh which needs to be seen by a doctor, osteo or chiropractic. Regarding pain relief, if you arent allergic o stuff like ibuprofen or aspirin, use an ibuprofen based gel (if that doesnt work, go for voltarol). If you are allergic to them, then use deep freeze.
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The clicking method to me seems like a spinal alignment issue tbh which needs to be seen by a doctor, osteo or chiropractic. Regarding pain relief, if you arent allergic o stuff like ibuprofen or aspirin, use an ibuprofen based gel (if that doesnt work, go for voltarol). If you are allergic to them, then use deep freeze.
So would you suggest going to my GP? I don’t want to ruin my back forever just for a part time job.
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So would you suggest going to my GP? I don’t want to ruin my back forever just for a part time job.
See your GP. They can give you stronger painkillers and refer you to a physio.
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So would you suggest going to my GP? I don’t want to ruin my back forever just for a part time job.
that is exactly what I said in the 1st sentence of my previous response (ideally, the gp should refer you to a musculoskeletal specialist, an osteopath or a chiropractic but chances are they will tell you what I told you about pain relief and they may or may not suggest wearing back support,which depending on your geographical location may be provided on the NHS or would be something you would have to purchase).
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So would you suggest going to my GP? I don’t want to ruin my back forever just for a part time job.
that is exactly what I said in the 1st sentence of my previous response (ideally, the gp should refer you to get an xray or mri before refering you to a physio, musculoskeletal specialist, an osteopath or a chiropractic but chances are they will tell you what I told you about pain relief and they may or may not suggest wearing back support,which depending on your geographical location may be provided on the NHS or would be something you would have to purchase).
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Physio can prescribe and order investigations now. See an extended/advanced level physio.

You might not even need an MRI scan. What is it going to prove? The Physio can find the problem.
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