First time poster to the forum, and I am hoping to get some feedback on some pain I've been experiencing in the mid-to-lower back. I have not yet consulted a doctor regarding this, and I do not have any idea as to what problem I have. The following is the background to the problem:
In general, I've been experiencing mild-to-moderate pain in my mid-to-lower back on a regular basis for some time now (one year or more). The frequency variates, but generally speaking I would say it's something I have roughly once per week. I do not do manual work for a living -- I'm an attorney -- and hence this is not the source of my pain, but when I do lifting and pulling it can and does aggravate my back at times.
The pain itself is never severe, but it is fairly discomforting and it does restrict my mobility quite a bit when it strikes. It is not a sharp, piercing pain, but just a general pain that occurs in different locations of the mid-to-lower back. Sometimes the pain comes on the left, sometimes on the right, and every now in again it is in the middle. I generally take a couple of Aleves -- I took two Doans tonight -- and that will usually relieve the pain to the point to where I have no major pain and / or limitations in my range of motion, though it doesn't completely alleviate things.
Also, I should add that I have had significant weight loss in recent years. Circa 2008 I weighed roughly 360 pounds, but since then I have slimmed down considerably, and this morning I tipped the scales at 255. I need to lose another 35+ pounds, I know, and I realize that the weight is only adding further strain to my back, but interestingly enough I find that I have more frequent back pain now than I did back when I was 100+ pounds heavier. Normally I would expect the opposite to happen, but unfortunately that has not been the case.
For what it is worth, I will also add that my father has had back issues throughout his life -- I discussed this with him, and he said he has never gotten a definitive diagnosis on his back -- so I fear that it may be something genetic afflicting me. Additionally, I have also never been involved in a serious accident, nor have I sustained any injuries to the back involving blunt force trauma. Moreover, I never have any shooting pain going down my leg, so I am assuming I have no nerve / disc issues, and the curvature of my spine is normal.
Based on this, do you guys have any advice on what the problem might be? Given the recurring nature, I imagine there is some sort of underlying structural issue, and I'm trying to pinpoint the cause so I can address it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.