Hello everyone. I've been experiencing back problems for quite some time now. A few years ago a had a Discectomy on my L4-L5. The surgery was a success, however I did not do physical therapy afterwards. About 9 months went by without a hitch and I decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. I started running and exercising, and I had little bouts of back stiffness and a slight ache that would occur from just sitting for a long time. It would be resolved by a quick stretch and then I would be on my merry way. By the time I swore into the Army, I was running 5 miles 5 times a week, lifting weights, riding my bicycle, and staying very active. My back had been holding up just fine. I had even started physical therapy just to be sure I was in good shape. Unfortunately, I received a stress fracture in my right foot from the over training and had to wear a walking boot for 3 weeks. During these 3 weeks my lower back started to hurt very badly. Stretching did not help. After I got out of the boot the back pain subsided, then came back, then left again. So I decided to see a chiropractor. Apparently the boot caused my hips to go out of alignment which started my back pain.
Now, here is my dilemma. I leave for Army basic training on January 31. I've been seeing a chiropractor about getting my hips back in alignment, and I have been stretching and doing strengthening exercises. However, the pain has been coming back. It will feel like my back is better and I will go running one day, and running the next day even, and then I will have back pain for a few days. I really don't understand what exactly the problem is. My back won't hurt during a run, or even right after. But a few days later it will act up. I suppose I never really gave it much time to heal while my hips were in better alignment. I was just fine until I wore the walking boot. How do I get back to the way I was so I can be okay for the Army? Do I need to just rest my back and not do any strenuous exercises for a few weeks to let the disc heal and then it will be okay? please help!!
(I have a full range of motion without increased pain. I can touch my toes, bend side to side and it doesn't increase the pain. Also, what I find really odd is that sitting relieves the pain during the bout of back pain. I also have no sciatic pain. Could it just be my back muscles tightening around the disc and irritating it?)