I'm a 51-year old who has had lower back pain for the last 20 years. It's a manageable pain most of the time but I generally don't sit up straight for long periods of time due to discomfort. I often put a pillow or something behind my back when I drive which helps.
My mother has had three lower back surgeries in her lifetime just to share some family history.
About five years ago, the pain got much more severe resulting in spasms and numbness in my upper left leg. An MRI revealed disc compression which resulted in a lot of inflammation in the area. I was given a steroid shot and started PT to strengthen my core. In time, it got much better.
This spring, I started having severe shoulder pain which would result in spasms. This pain would also spread across my shoulder blade and down to my elbow. A shoulder MRI revealed a small tear but nothing which should cause elbow pain. My doc thought it might be my neck but tests didn't reveal anything. I started taking anti-inflammatorys and had PT on the shoulder which helped.
In time, the shoulder pain lessened to just a dull ache but the elbow pain remains. I notice it gets much worse when I am sitting up straight for long periods of time. Driving, for example, requires I use my right hand to steer as using the left brings on the elbow pain.
I'm wondering if my previous lower back issues could be causing the elbow pain. The lower back really doesn't bother me unless I am sitting up straight but that's also when the elbow pain returns.
Sorry for such a long post for my first. Thanks for any advice.