I began having lower back pain a few years ago. At my last visit to an orthopedic doctor (about 3 years ago), he told me I had no disc space at the L-5, S-1. His recommendation was a shot on each side of my lower back. This helped for about 3 days, then back to the regular pain. I switched doctors and all he did was prescribe pain medication. He also told me the two discs above are starting to show the same signs of degenerating. The L-5, S-1 has shifted and is pushing the sciatic nerve out which causes pain down to my knee on the right side.
This past weekend I was doing yard work and being the independent, stubborn person that I am picked up a 50# bag of horse feed out of the back of my SUV and slide it onto my shoulder. It instantly felt like someone had dropped it on my head and pushed me downward. That evening I was in tears with pain and was having chills. I took some Ibuprofen and went to bed. The next day I took it easy while outside, but then helped my daughter muck stalls, again that night, screaming pain and chills. I just stayed in the bed most of the day on Sunday. I'm still having pain radiating around to my pelvic area. Any suggestions on what I can do, the doctors obviously don't want to do anything other than pain medication and I don't tolerate pain medicine very well.
Sorry this was so lengthy!