I have herniation to L4/5 and L5/S1 with arthritis in sacro illica joints - also herniation in neck disc and degeneration of other discs. I am 47 yr old female in UK.
I have been having problems for past year in that if i sit on a hard chair for longer than an hour then anything from 6-12 hrs later I will bend over even slightly and wham I get completely stuck with agonising pain in left side of spine at lowest point - assume this is either L4/5 or L5/S1
After this everytime i move in the slightest I get agonising pain and walking is excruitiating as you swing your leg or try and put your weight on it.
Usually within a day or two I am much better - I can tell from the initial attack and how painful it is as too how long it will last. Sometimes it takes a week before there is any improvement. Yesterday i spent 3 hrs on a hard chair at a birthday party meal and sure enough this morning I bent slightly forward and wham - worst pain I have had so far. I am in agony with every movemnent and every time I go from sitting to standing my whole lower back goes into spasm.
codeine and diazepan are not helping at all.
I have appt with chiropractor tomorrow morning but wondered if anyone else gets same problem and what is it - disc or facet joints??? I will ask chiro tomorrow but he tends to hedge his bets and say its both!