Hey gang, as many of you i'm suffering from low back pain. My problem is i cant seem to convince my doctor to send me for an x-ray or mri, so the exact cause is a mystery. I'm hoping if i can lay out my symptoms, maybe someone out there can offer a suggestion. I'll try and keep this short but detailed.
- About 7 or 8 years ago i hurt my low back. no impact, just one day getting out of bed i felt a 'pull' in my lower back. at the time i weighed 360 pounds. seen physio/chiropractor who said my weight was the problem. This lasted about 2 weeks, and at the time was almost all muscular pain, lower right.
- in 2006 i lost all the weight, I'm currently weighing in at 180lbs. Since the initial injury I've had probably 6 or 7 re-occurrences, almost every time it's only lasted 2-3 days, again, muscular lower right.
- in October 2011 i was exercising (slamming a medicine ball into the ground) when i felt that familiar pull. again, lower right. had muscular pain for about 6-7 weeks which as since healed.
- I'm currently fighting 100% nerve pain. i no longer have any muscular pain.
Since i've lost the weight i've become very active.. having run a number of 1/2 marathons, gym rat 6x per week.
As i type this i'm in agony over this nerve pain. My physiotherapist which i see weekly is a bit baffled by my case. the reason being there's lots i can do that i shouldn't based on the issue.
One thing i can do, and have been able to do since day 1 (of this current injury) is do spin classes at the gym (Les Mills RPM). I've been doing 6x per week for the last 9-10 weeks or so.. i NEVER have pain doing it. i can do the class for 90+ minutes, no pain. when i'm done i could literally do cartwheels i feel so good. about 30-45 min later, it's all back.
Physio wants me doing core exercise.. i've been doing them faithfully and i have (i believe) a strong core. stuff like planks i can hold for minutes on end.
If i do a full sit-up, i get the pain almost instantly, so that motion is no good. small half crunches are fine, no pain.
I also play guitar, holding my guitar (about 8 pounds) is torture after about 10-15 minutes... this might be the worst thing that aggravates my back.
I cannot run, about 10-15 min is the best i can do, then it all goes down hill.
I dont understand.. if i had a slipped disc or degenerative discs could i still do spin class with zero pain?
Ask me any questions, i'll try and answer... i'm at the point where my physio is no longer helping.