Hello everyone, I'm new here.
I've had back injuries in the past, nothing that I ever saw a doctor about though. Usually went away after a month or so. About 3 months back I noticed my back was hurting a bit. I shrugged it off and figured I had hurt it on a camping trip I had gone on the week before.
A few days later, I felt a pain shoot down my leg when I was getting up from a seated position. This continued on, and I started to get a pain, when walking in my left buttock, into my upper thigh. This continued on for about a month, on and off.
As of today, the pain is more persistent. It is now from my buttock to my calf and I have tingling in my foot, especially when standing for more than a few minutes. It is worst in the morning, and it flares up at the end of the day, after I get home from work. If I lay down or recline it is much better.
A weird symptom I have, is that the pain seems to be worse when I have a full colon, or if I am gassy or bloated. I have been taking Aleve, or Advil for the pain, but it is blocking me up a bit, so that isn't helping either.
I want to go to a doctor, but I have no insurance, and money is tight. What does this sound like? I know I need to see a specialist, but an MRI, physical therapy etc.. is way out of my price range.
I don't know what to do....