Well I first hurt my back about 8 years ago performing deadlifts in a gym, basically i had taken a month off and decided to be all gun-ho my first day back.As I performed the lift, I made it about a foot off the ground when the pain hit me in my lower spine and could hear what sounded like a tear or for lack of a better word a fart is what it sounded like.I dropped to the floor and crawled away.I never went to see a doctor when this happened and pretty much stayed in bed for a week.Ever since then Ive had chronic pain in my lower back and sometimes to the left.For the most part I live with it but sometimes I'll get a flare up and would end up hitting the ER.They would usually give me some meds and tell me to take it easy.
I dont have any insurance and that's a whole other complicated matter.Fast foward to a week ago when I was working on a roof and out of nowhere the pain hit me like never before and I literally dropped face down on the roof and turned over to lay there on my back(luckily it was a low pitch roof) for about 20mins.Eventually I was able to get down and then go to the ER.From the moment I got there They were trying to get rid of me either they didnt believe me or it was cuz I had no ins.They ended up giving me some meds and a walker and sending me on my way 3 hours later.
Next day I still cant stand or even sit up.I couldnt put any vertical weight on my spine.So I went to another hospital and they actually seemed like they cared and kept me for 3 days.Problem is neither hospital saw anything accute in either the mri or xray.So why does it hurt so much unless Im laying down.I have a very high pain tolerance.For example I cut off my toe at work and was laughing.My back pain has literally put me in tears.I was discharged about 4 days ago and Ive only seen minimal improvement.Is this gonna go away? Should I start considering disability? Im 30 and I wanna work.I still have my job waiting for me but if I'm nt productive im gone.
Any and all opinions and advice is welcome.