Warning to Those Who Have Lower Back Pain While on Creatine Monohydrate

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  1. Duke

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    Guys I started to do some research into this issue and ran across this post because I've been going through the exact same thing with creatine affecting my lower back. I took it for years on and off and it worked great with all the benefits and for about a year now I can take it for about one week at 5g a day and then my lower back is in pain and it's a dull aggravating pain that makes me feel like crawling out of my skin. I can't sit at my desk at work for more than fifteen minutes without being so aggravated I have to stand. I was in a world of hurt for months until I figured out that Creatine was affecting me and when I stop I feel great after about two weeks but when I go back on the creatine it's misery at its finest, so I don't even mess with it anymore. It's a real issue so I wanted to give my experience to help get others to realize that this is a real issue for some of us. peace
     
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    it's very simple. if it causes any issue with creatine, do not take it. yes it's that simple.
    everyone has different reaction to different thing. some people can't drink milk due to lactose but others can drink without any issue.
     
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  4. The Todd

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    if you sleep on your belly you could have lower back pain
     
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    I had the same exact problem on 4 grams of ON nutrition creatine in pill form every day even with 1 gallon of water.

    Seemed to be an issue with a higher protein diet, and not an issue at all with lower protein at a caloric deficit.

    Everyone has different reactions. The organs can only efficiently filter so much, depending on the current heath of those organs.
     
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    are you guys drinking excess alcohol and eating crap?
     
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    I don't think there is a difference between "creatine" and "creatin". I googled "creatin" specifically and most links simply point back to creatine. I don't think these are different substances as you suggest.

    You can overdose on creatine anyway and it hits the liver and kidneys. Example:
    https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-873-creatine.aspx?activeingredientid=873

    When taken by mouth in high doses, creatine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. There is some concern that it could harm the kidney, liver, or heart function. However, a connection between high doses and these negative effects has not been proven. Creatine can also cause stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and muscle cramping.

    Creatine causes muscles to draw water from the rest of your body. Be sure to drink extra water to make up for this. Also, if you are taking creatine, don't exercise in the heat. It might cause you to become dehydrated.
     
  8. UL

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    Nah

    I've heard the same at the gym and on the forums, it's rare and we are all different.
     
  9. rearnakedchoke

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    I have terrible back issues and didnt notice it. Just dont take creatine as it puffs my face up like a mofo
     
  10. August West

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    You guys are responding to an 11 year old thread.
     
  11. HuMz

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    Creatine is one of the most tested supplement.
    I believe it could be muscle swelling due to the creatine causing increasing pressure on the nerves of the lower back (I'm a BroDoc).
    How old are you?
     
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    i have the same problem and been taking creatine for 3 months.

    the pain started when i decided to do sets of 3 on my deadlifts with 95% RM and squat heavy two days later. lol

    dat lower back pain caused by creatine intake...yeah, i know it
     
  13. dat1978

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    Thank goodness someone finally mentioned this. It's a small but significant distinction between the spelling of creatine and creatinine. Maybe cuz I'm in the medical field, but I was like creatin and creatine are the same thing. If you got tested in the hospital they would look at your creatinine levels as mentioned by another post.
     
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    Bad creatine.

    You can get 5+ grams of creatine out of a 16 oz grass-fed rib-eye steak.

    Eat meat for creatine, dude.
     
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    Drinking the appropriate amount of water solves this problem. There are several threads on this exact topic. I know, I've answered this before, and asked the question myself. I see why you're dubbed.
     
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    Had this issue on and off at least three times with Creatine usage. 2.5-5g/day after the loading phase and I'd get all sorts of back pain and the worst of it was on my days off. Back would be sore & stiff as a mofo. I was skeptical like a lot of people in this thread that Creatine was the cause. I tried various amounts a day and different ways of dissolving the powder (usually mixed in a cup of boiled water) but each time I'd eventually have weeks of inexplicable back pain despite using good form or swapping/stopping certain back exercises. Stopping Creatine would always stop that pattern of back pain.

    I don't know the exact cause but it was definitely tied to Creatine usage. Once a year or so I get the urge to try Creatine (it worked great for strength and size) and I try everything to prevent back pain but it happens anyway. I'm tempted to give it a shot again and thought I'd add my two cents as this thread was one of the few I found addressing the issue.
     
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    These studies show that short and long-term supplementation (up to 30 g/day for 5 years) is safe and well-tolerated in healthy individuals and in a number of patient populations ranging from infants to the elderly. Moreover, significant health benefits may be provided by ensuring habitual low dietary creatine ingestion (e.g., 3 g/day) throughout the lifespan.
     
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    Squats with bad form?
     
  20. Myprotein

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    I’d be very surprised at that not being caused by extreme high protein rather than Creatine.

    That said they’ll obviously be a genetic component which means Creatine could exacerbate the issue.
     

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