Back when I was 20, I tried to lift WAY TOO MUCH weight using my back and have suffered for the past 33 years as a result. The typical problem was a tender sciatic joint which caused painful back spasms. For the first 23 years, the meds I took were ineffective and finally about 10 years ago, a different family doctor sent me to physical therapy. That reduced my back spasm events from about 2+ weeks to just a couple days of pain.
My current iteration of a back problem has been quite painful and life changing. I noticed back in Sept/Oct that I was experiencing some slight tingling in my foot. Then the weekend before Thanksgiving while moving a couch, I felt that familiar pop in my back but my pain is much different. No muscle spasms this time but after standing/walking for 30-45 minutes, I have extreme pain in my lower leg that progresses to tingling foot and a very sore hip. Sleeping doesn't give me much relief either. The best relief I get is sitting in a lazy boy. Narcotic pain killers have been ineffective. I tried oral steroids for 3 weeks with no relief.
Last week's MRI showed a bulging disc. I'm working to get into a pain clinic now. I'm HOPEFUL I won't have to wait for weeks to get in.
March 20, 2014 - L4/L5 Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy