I'm 29 and I've been experiencing really severe pain around my sacrum since I was 23. It feels like someone's jamming a knife into my butt - when it's at its worst, walking is impossible and even lying perfectly still is excruciating. The pain usually lasts for a few months when it flares up, jumping from side to side for a few weeks at a time.
I've seen two doctors about this already and have an appointment this week to see my third. The first one sent me to a physical therapist, who gave me a gigantic list of exercises and stretches to do - which had no lasting effect at all. I finished the physical therapy regimen, went back to my other forms of exercise (walking, jogging, etc.), and within a couple of months the pain was back in full force. I got the impression that the only way the exercises would keep the pain away was if I did every single one of them, every single day, for the rest of my life - which just isn't a sustainable solution.
The second doctor I saw took an X-ray, said it looked normal, and then prescribed... back exercises! Ha! When I asked him for his official diagnosis, he said "back pain." Wow, thanks.
Like I said, I have an appointment with yet another doctor this week, but I feel like I know the routine by now - they'll prod me a little and then send me on over to the physical therapist, who'll give me The List and make me feel like the pain is my fault for not having more hours in the day to exercise. Maybe they're not taking me seriously because I'm young?
At this point, I feel like there has to be something I'm doing - some way I'm sitting or walking or moving - that's throwing things out of whack and bringing on the pain. A friend of mine swears by Esther Gokhale's posture-based method. Has anyone here tried it? Does it have any effect? Her book has rave reviews on Amazon, which has to be a good sign, right?
Thanks so much for your help. I'm so relieved (although saddened) to know that there are other people out there going through what I'm going through.