I am 46 years old. I have had some low back pain from time to time and have experienced sciatica off and on over the last 20 years.
What I am experiencing now does not feel like sciatica. It is really just in my back and it is absolutely the most intense pain I can recall having felt in my life and I have given birth twice.
I don't remember doing anything to cause this. Last Monday and Tuesday I worked on refinishing a dresser. On Monday, I did a normal amount of bending, but did not stand with my back bent for any extended period. On Tuesday morning I gave blood. Much later in the day I worked on the dresser again. I did spend some time bent over using an electric sander. Maybe bending for a few minutes, standing for a few minutes alternating over an hour or hour and a half. I am healthy and have never had any problems, so I didn't think doing something like that would cause any problems.
I woke up for just a moment on Wednesday night with a little low back pain; but, I went right back to sleep. I woke up on Thursday morning with bad pain. Every step I took hurt. Sometimes when I took a step I would get a stabbing pain in my low back. Throughout the day the pain became worse and I had trouble sitting for extended periods. I took a vicodin before bed and slept well. On Friday morning I woke up to considerably less pain; but, by the time I left for work at about nine, I was hurting badly. I headed home at one because I couldn't stand sitting in my desk chair and couldn't concentrate because all I could think about was the pain. I laid down when I got home and took vicodin. When I woke up on Saturday I had no pain. Again, as the day wore on I began to hurt a little. By about two the pain was full blown. Yesterday (Sunday), same thing. I woke up with absolutely no pain. By lunchtime I was having trouble sitting comfortａbly. As the day progressed the pain became so bad it nearly brought me to tears. I laid down at about 5:30, went to bed at about ten and woke up with just a bit of pain this morning. So, laying down seems to help considerably.
I know that lower back pain usually passes without medical intervention and I really don't want to be a complainer; but, the intensity of the pain concerns me. This just can't be some muscle strain. Can it? Maybe I am just a big baby. That is easy for me to say at 9:30 in the morning, when the pain is just irritating. By late afternoon, though, I think I will be in so much pain again that I will be close to tears.
Nothing is comfortａble. When I sit it hurts, so I stand. After I have stood for a few minutes it hurts and I just want to sit again. As I said, laying down definitely helps. Not right away, but after I have been prone for a while. Once the pain is full blown I can't bend. Every motion hurts. The area has not been tender to the touch, although it seems to be starting to feel that way this morning. The pain is now in my upper back just a little and in my thighs. That feels like muscle strain. I think that is from the way I have been carrying myself over the past few days. I am probably putting strain on the rest of my body.
Can pain this intense be just regular low back strain? I can certainly keep taking pain killers and laying down when it gets bad for a few weeks if it is going to go away, as everyone says back strain does. It just hurts so bad. Is that normal?
Thanks for reading.