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Lower Back Pain/Sciatica ??? HELP !!!!!

tonybournettonybourne Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Lower Back Pain
I'm all confused as to what my problem is, but here are symptons.

20 Dec 2008 - Tried to carry a TV upstairs with my girlfriend, however got half way up the stairs and my girlfriend could not carry it any further. So step by step I lugged it up bending right over to pick it up and rest it on each step. At the top of the stairs we managed to lift it up and the job was done. A few days later felt a slight twinge in my back but still wnent playing badminton and felt good.

25 Dec 2008 - Needed to get something from my toolbox which isn't overly heavy (only a few tools) from my garage. However everything else was in the way so again stupidly bent right over (legs totally straight) and picked up the box using just my back basically. Just felt a slight twinge, but at this point no referred leg pain.

29 Dec 2008 - Went to walk down the stairs and slipped on the top step, didnt fall on my back but instead slipped down 2-3 steps sort of on my heal and managed to keep myself upright hiolding the bannister.

30 Dec 2008 - Remember having a very hot bath and adding some deep heat to my lower back.

31 Dec 2008 - Lower back pain was bad. Slight pain in my right leg.

This carried on till April 2009 i.e. 3-4 months, doctors said I didn't have sciatica (straight leg raise test) and advised it would probably clear up and in April it did. However 1 month on and stupidly had a game of twister forgetting about my previous low back pain (alchohol). The leg and lower back pain returned, but only for 2 weeks. At this time booked a private MRI scan. When the scan was done in May there was at the time no back pain and the results came back all clear. Started swimming again (front crawl) and plenty of walking, all was fine. However 3 weeks ago the back bain and leg pain returned, this time not really knowing what I did to irritate it. However 1-2 nights before the pain returned I did do a good work out at swimming and also lay on my stumach in bed reading a book (arching my back) which did cause some discomfort, I was however only in this position for 5 minutes (if that).

In the last 3 weeks my pain is now mostly in my right leg, however it did swap from right to left but now is back in my right. Mostly in my thigh and calf but has also been in both buttocks. Sitting causes the most of my problems as standing and walking seem to cause no issues, although if I've stood for a while say up to 1 hour the pain will come back. Basically anything excessive i.e. sitting for a long time/standing for a long time. I wake in the morning with hardly any pain. I'm very healthy and also carry out a lot of sport (up until this). I'm sure the origin of pain is just above my buttocks and just to the right of my spine. I dont think I have a herniated disc as I would assume I'd be in constant pain and worse off as a whole. Plus the MRI scans did not show anything. However this episode of pain seems to be staying and has been worse than the last bout.

Any ideas would be fantastic.


  • I was diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction 5 years ago. I've had 30+ sessions of prolo, 3 sessions of PRP, 5 years of ROLFing and Chiro/ Accupuncture, Discogram, Mri's, EEGs... etc. :)

    I'm in more pain now than I was then.

    What does all this mean?

    Get checked for SIJD due to the shift from side to side. Try Chiro/ Accupuncture now. Don't wait. Also check out a book by Peter Egoscue? for exercises.

    Please post back and don't ignore the symptoms.


  • try using a TENS unit on your lower back .put the electrodes on either side of your spine low down just above your belt line .and use the pulse mode .if you can afford it get an acticare as they make the best TENS {www.acticare.com }
  • Thanks for the reply.

    With you having SI joint dysfunction were your symptons very much like mine and can you explain a bit further about this problem and how it causes leg pain.

    I'd also be interested in your history to see if they are similiar.

  • I would suggest contacting a physiatrist, who specializes in pain management, rehab & physical medicine. If you need a referral, talk to your PCP as this type of doc would most likely be considered a specialist. Bring any past MRI's with you along with your "chronology of pain" like you listed above.

    I wouldn't want to speculate on what may be happening as I'm not a doctor, but a physiatrist would be able to recommend a variety of treatment options that start out conservatively and may be just what you need. (If necessary they'll suggest more aggressive/invasive treatments.)

    Coop is right, it is good you're not waiting to start investigating the source of your pain, sometimes it can lead to permanent damage if not treated.

    I hope for the best in your journey for pain relief!
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