I'm 29 years of age and I've now been suffering from low back pain for the past 8 weeks. I've searched and tried everything there is to try for the symptoms I've had, but there has been little/no relief.
8 weeks back, I coughed on my way home and I felt like someone pulled a "hot" guitar string in my back (sorry I don't have a better description!). I felt my back getting stiff ( in the next few minutes.
After researching a bit, I realized that it's normal to hurt your back when you cough/sneeze really hard. I've been to a GP and an Orthopedic assistant and both checked for signs of sciatica. Per them, I don't exhibit any physical signs of sciatica. The orthopedic lad said there's some "degeneration" on L5-S1 which comes with age.
I can bend forward/backwards with no pain.There were a few days here and there where I'd feel that my left foot went Numb and some noticeable pain behind my left calf (not enough to be alarming - I could still continue my daily activities).
I can lift both my feet up while sitting on a high rise chair, I have no difficult sleeping, I can walk on my heels etc. I also do some of the exercises/asanas for the lower back.
While my lower back has been more than warm for the past 8 weeks, I sometimes get an itching/burning sensation on different parts of my back (upper, middle and on different sides). It goes away on it's own, but I'm not sure If I should be concerned. Both the doctors I've met were kinda dismissive which I perceived as "nothing to be worried about".
But I'm now getting worried as I haven't heard of anyone having had a low back muscle spasm for more than a few days/weeks.
Chriopractors - After 2 sessions, I was told they're still trying to "figure out" where the problem is and I ran out of patience.
PT - my insurance doesn't cover it and my previous experience with PT brought my confidence in PT down to 0.
Acupuncture - still debating on it (would probably try it based on the responses here)
Massage - it feels good, but the pain is back after a few hours.
I have (or have had) a very active lifestyle - I play in leagues mon-thu (volleyball,soccer,tennis) and climb on the weekends. With this horrendous LBP I've been twiddling my thumbs all weekend and not doing regular activity is driving me nuts!