Ok I firstly would like to state im a very active physically and socially person and im currently at home on a saturday night cause of the pain that is caused when I stand for too long or sit for too long or do just about anything. with that here is my story
I played football for 8 years and other sports the years before that, then come college I stopped playing for a year to take a break, thats when the pain but mostly my stride length started to be hindered. I was unable to do sprints cause my left leg wouldnt go out far enough. Also in the morning i had to limp cause of pain and tightness in my left leg.
It seemed to get better the more active I was, so when I was running and starting to sprint more and do squats with weights (I know everyone says this is horrible but everytime I do them for a month or longer it seems I have no pain and more range of movement in my left leg over time). I started playing rugby and it got to the point where I had no pain. then I tore my hamstring and wasnt able to run or do any leg type lifts and it got worse again. then similar thing happened again and one more time about 6 months ago, the most recent time was when I was just starting my new college (I transferred my junior year to USC)I twisted my ankle really bad making all forms of lower body exercise out of the question.
This last time was the worst cause I was always in class so I was sitting down for long periods. The pain always gets really bad during finals when Im sitting for long periods and usually hunched over.
Orginally the pain was very intense in my left butt cheek but then I started doing piriformis tennis ball stretches and other forms of stretching and it got better in my butt but then I started getting numbness in my quad on the left side and sometimes tingling in my foot. The numbness may have started before I started doing the tennis ball thing but im not sure. But the intresting thing was I was final able to walk for long... er periods with out pain when I did the tennis ball stretch but then the numbness started. So it seemed to get better and worse at the same time.
I have for most of the last two years lifted despite what doctors told me to do... yes a mistake looking back. Currently im lifting doing body weight type exercises (pushups pull ups lunges etc.)usually and making sure nothing I do should hurt my spine. I tried not working out for a week or two and wasnt able to do anything except lay down coulnt or even really sleep for long because the pain and tightness got worse.
Also Ice seems to make it worse or at least imo not any better but i still do it cause everyone says to but to be honest not all the time. I also just bought a inversion table. I also started stretching my hip flexors and strengthing my core, I wish I could stretch my hamstrings but it hurts to much to stretch my left leg at all the pain sets in quickly .
I have really tight hamstrings and hip flexors!
Also recently ive realized leaning forward and doing other stuff like (that I saw was to treat spinal stenosis) that helps me release the pain so i guess this means some spinal stenosis.
I have leg pain going down my left leg on the outside of my leg that goes down to me knee (from my buttocks) when I try to straighten my leg).
Ok so I have been to the doctor(s) multiple times and have explained this to a million people. my history is
2 injections (second time i got it was the most painful experience of my life I practically wanted to cry and Im a very manly type of man)
I have done the meds like 5 times, methly predinsone or something
did physical therapy and gonna start again
did the 20 sessions with one guy but they wernt treating it properly
did it for like a month again and it helped but i had to stop
then did it again for a couple weeks
and gonna start again
I defiantly have a anterior pelvic tilt so im trying to correct that hopefully that will help
also in case it wasnt clear symptoms came on very gradually. I think having a desk job for a year after I graduated helped me screw up my back
so thats pretty much my life of pain story Im curious if there was anyone thats my age preferably male that was extremely active like me that has gotten better or any advice at all
Im currently trying a butt load of self physical therapy and if it doesnt get better hopefully get a microdisectomy
thank you in advance