Alright, so let me start by saying I just joined this forum in hopes of finding support and exactly what may be wrong with me. Any information would be very much appreciated!
Here's my story. 3 months ago I was completely 100% healthy. I'm a surfer and skydiver and have been excercising and stretching regularly for most of my adult life. I'm 29 yrs old and have never had a back injury or issue other than minor aches with my back.
One day I bent over to pick up a small screw and had the most excruciating pain in my lower back. It was as if someone stabbed me in the spine (very specific as it was just below my pantline) and also an extremely painful muscle spasm on both sides of my lower back. I was stuck in pain. Since that day I've had to stop surfing, skydiving, riding my bike, etc.. Any activity which requires my lower back to flex will result in an incapacitating spasm and extreme pain.
I've been going to physical therapy for 8 weeks now and went on a round of prednisone for 15 days(60mg) about a month and half ago. It relieved the pain but immediately when I started stepping down the dose the pain came back. Its progressively gotten worse over these 3 months to the point that I have trouble walking, sitting down and standing up and have had trouble sleeping at night.
I had an MRI about a week ago and the doctors were very surprised when I had no disc injuries and only a minor bulge in my L4-L5 with no nerve compression.... Basically the doctors said they don't know where the pain is coming from. and I really have no ideo what to do now.
One other thing that may be unusual is I have a hard time standing up straight. my back is extremely arched so that my butt sticks out and I'm kind of bent over and sometimes off the one side.
What do you guys think? Could I have a problem in my hips or sacrum cocyx area? To tell you the truth I'm pretty scrared about this whole thing.. its been 3 months and has only gotten worse and my life, including my job, revolves around the outdoors and being physically active. I've been jumping thru the hoops to recover to no avail.... plaese any information would be greatly appreciated!