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Does Arthritis Present As This Tight Stiff Uncomfortable Feeling Which Can Be Achy At Times?

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Posted on Mon, 19 Feb 2024
Question: I am a 47 year old female. For a little under a month I have been experiencing lower back pain. Pain started out feeling like a sore muscle which hurt when bending. The soreness left and I am now left with a tight stiff feeling and at times a deep ache in my lower right side Is it common at my age? my right hip. I was seen by a Dr yesterday and was told most likely arthritis of spine and given a pack of steroids for the week. I was told to come in three weeks if pain is still there and they will recommend a physical therapist. I was told that they do not offer any type of scans/x-rays until physical therapy has been tried. My question is does arthritis present as this tight, stiff uncomfortable feeling which can be achy at times?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Gopal (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Looks like Lumbar Spondylosis

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have read your details and to me it looks like lumbar spondylosis.
In my patients , I start with pain killers like etoricoxib ( 90 mg at night) + Muscle relaxants like myoril ( 4 mg twice a day). Also I would suggest hot fomentation twice daily and any local analgesic cream available nearby.
Certain precautions like no weight lifting , Avoid forward bending and prolonged sitting - till you start physical therapy.
Thanks for the question. I hope to have answered your query. Please ask any other question.
We shall see scans as and when it is done.
Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Gopal (5 hours later)
Thanks for the timely reply. Does lumbar spondylosis cause muscle tightness and soreness in back thigh? How do I relieve tightness?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Gopal (2 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes it can

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Muscle tightness and soreness is due to muscle spasm.
I have written a muscle relaxant , Just for this purpose.
Thanks again.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Gopal (24 hours later)
one last question, is it safe to take metoprolol and methocarbamol together? What will effect on heart rate and blood pressure be?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Gopal (49 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No Idea

Detailed Answer:
Since I have never prescribed these two medicines( since they are not used in Orthopedics) , I really cannot comment on this. Pl ask your physician for the same.
Thanks again
Dr Gopal Goel
Note: For further queries, consult a joint and bone specialist, an Orthopaedic surgeon. Book a Call now.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Does Arthritis Present As This Tight Stiff Uncomfortable Feeling Which Can Be Achy At Times?

Brief Answer: Looks like Lumbar Spondylosis Detailed Answer: Hi, I have read your details and to me it looks like lumbar spondylosis. In my patients , I start with pain killers like etoricoxib ( 90 mg at night) + Muscle relaxants like myoril ( 4 mg twice a day). Also I would suggest hot fomentation twice daily and any local analgesic cream available nearby. Certain precautions like no weight lifting , Avoid forward bending and prolonged sitting - till you start physical therapy. Thanks for the question. I hope to have answered your query. Please ask any other question. We shall see scans as and when it is done. Thanks.