Hello everyone I'm new to the forums.
I've had lumbar back problems since I was about 12 (I'm 28 now). However, after losing over 100 lbs and spending the last 10 years of my life weight lifting at a gym, I managed to keep the pain under control. I was able to play basketball and do whatever I wanted. Sometimes I had to ice my back afterwords but I was pretty normal.
The last 6 months have not been as kind though. The real pain began about a year before that but I was still going to the gym and living a normal life. However, I had to quit everything 6 months ago. I am now having pain in my thoracic and lumbar regions. I find myself unable to stand for more than a couple of minutes. I'm unable to attend the gym. I can't even go walking. Pain starts to set in and it just builds and builds the longer I do anything. Even sitting can be painful. It all depends on the chair really. Once the pain sets in it can take days to ease up even if I spend all that time in bed, sitting and taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease. Several doctors all told me it was mild and unworthy of surgery. Just today I came home from a specialist who told me that DDD should not be impairing my walking or standing like it is. His one suggestion was to have an MRI on my neck which I have not scheduled yet. I had one on my lower and upper back and the results were mild DDD with bulging. My neck doesn't really hurt though. Rarely it will but nothing to the effect of the rest of my back. I have no insurance and no one will take me with my pre-existing condition (I've tried) so just doing the MRI to see isn't a no-brainer.
So my real question is does anyone here have any idea of what might be my problem and what kind of doctor should I see? Every doctor I go to shoe me out the door saying DDD creates pain so that must be it but surely mild DDD shouldn't be so inhibiting.
I'm sure DDD is what gave me all the back problems I dealt with for years but this new pain is different. My upper back never hurt until now. It's like my back is tired. It just aches and doesn't let up. I can't see myself working like this, not even a desk job. No doctor has really helped me so far and it seems like no one knows what to do. I miss basketball and the gym so bad. I feel like my body is wasting away sitting and lying down all day. What should I do?