Hi all, been reading through this site for a few weeks, some great info and it's clear that my problem and pain is rather insignificant compared with some. I'm hoping for some info on the correct diagnosis.
I've had lower back pain for 4 years, on and off. NHS doctor called it 'non specific back pain', A and E doctor suggested I had overly tight muscles, as the reason I couldn't stand upright and was in agony. Physio suggested lumbalgia, chiropractic doctor said possible 1st stage DDD following Xrays. The best treatment I've had has been from an osteopath, but I'm overseas now and there is nowhere in my current region for treatment.
I've had pain in both sides of lower back, with pain down the legs etc. At the moment the pain is mostly on the right side, the piriformus muscle is always tender to touch, the trochanter is very tender, I have pain in the upper quad and groin region with some pain in my right testicle. The inguinal ligament feels hard and inflamed and hideously painful to touch at times. Sometimes sitting gives me a lot of pain around si joint. Only a couple of these symptoms are constant, some days I'm pretty good, others are very depressing.
I'm really looking for a suggestion as to what is my next step. I am wondering whether anyone can advise on a MRI or ct scan as a way to get a difinitive prognosis? My feeling from reading on this site is an issue in the si joint but I'm not a doctor.
Thanks in advance.
Keep up the great work