Hello, I have been dealing with back and leg pain for about 5-6 months now. I am a 21 year old male generally very active with lifting weights and playing sports. A year ago I injured my toe and couldn't run for a year so that limited my activity to only upper body weight lifting. About six months ago out of the blue I woke up with a bit of pain in my lower right back; I didn't think much of it but it persisted for quite a while and I saw my Dr who said give it time. About a month or two after the initial pain it still wasn't bad and was strictly in my lower back then one day I was pretty sick and coughed really hard and instantly had worse pain and it went down into my butt. Since then I have been going to PT and am taking diclofenac from my Dr.
I thought I may have been getting better and started to become more active and even played a bit of light basketball. Then a week ago the pain started to worsen and it is now in my lower back, butt and thighs, and down in my calf and ankle on right leg. Yesterday I was just shooting around a bit with a basketball and I did a pretty easy jump and instantly I had a surge of pain in my back. I have been in quite a bit of pain since then and have been laying down as that is the only way to make the pain tolerable.
I have set up an appointment with my Dr for next week and will probably ask to see a specialist and maybe get more tests done as I've only had feeling tests and an X-ray which the X-ray results said my spine looked straight. I have heard good things about seeing sports chiropractors so I am seeing one later today. I am just getting so frustrated and have become quite scared and depressed that this may be something severe that I will have for the rest of my life, I love playing sports and being active and at this point I can barely walk. Any suggestions or words of support or stories of similar situations would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for such a long winded post I just want to be as thorough as possible. Again thank you very much.