I am 20 years old and have been suffering for well over a year with an issue regarding my lower back and leg. (I am aware there is a section about lower back on this forum but my issue has had no actual definite diagnosis to it, as in the people i have seen about it haven't defined it under a specific issue yet.)
I feel it is important to first state that my mother has had a similar issue however hers was diagnosed as a sciatic nerve issue caused by a bulging disc in her spine which she had removed.
My own issue is a pain radiating in my lower back that sends a sharp pain down my leg, however it never goes lower than my knee. Over my year and so long of having this problem the issue has switched from one side of my back to the other, so it isn't one specific side. I can have it occur once in a month for something as long as a day, or have it for an entire month. Have it as severe pain causing me to limp unless under heavy pain killers, or only a mild pain. It also occurs out of the blue, sometimes i can wake with the issue, sometime i can be walking to work, or have just gone to move from having been stood still for a while.
I've noticed when i get it that it usually has a main area to the pain, which when pressed on with my thumb for example, it feels bruised but one thats under the skin. If pressed harder it causes a lot of pain.
I have over this long period of time been repeatedly to my doctor who i must admit i feel has gone the full length he can about my issue. I've had blood tests to check for inflammation, I've had X-rays, i've had an MRI scan (all of which came back normal, the MRI scan showed a 'perfectly healthy spine structure')
I've been sent to physiotherapy, which noted i was 'hyper-mobile' as in extra flexible however couldn't route a specific cause to my pain. They advised me stretches to do, The same result i also got from a sports therapist i saw, who when giving me a sports massage told me i had tight muscles but didn't think that was the specific cause to the pain, he did think it could be to do with a trapped nerve however.
I have been doing stretches and even joined a gym hoping that by building up my core muscles i could relieve the pressure on my back. non of these have worked. I am 20 years old and the constant pain as well as what seems to be shovelling down co-codamol whenever its bad is taking a knock at my frame of mind as well. Its becoming a depressing thought that i may have this the rest of my life with no solution or better/cheaper alternative to relieving the pain.
I work as a cashier at a retail store, my job requires no heavy lifting and the pain itself occurred first time out of the blue, there was nothing being done that could have caused it.
Any help you can give will be extremely appreciated.