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What is wrong with my back?

I'm an 18 year old male basketball player. I started having pain in may of 2013 in my lower back and numbness in my toes and feet when playing basketball. I had an xray and it didnt show anything abnormal. The pain has come and gone a few times since. Ok well in the past month and a half the pain has been here the whole times. I have lower back pain when standing.it hurt my tailbone my lower back when I sit.when I lay on my back it hurts. when I sit for long periods of time I get pain down my leg and burning sensation. my mom have two herniated disc so it runs in the family. usually when I have pain goes away but this time it has stayed the whole time.

what would be causing lower back pain and tailbone pain?

I appreciate any help and I'm sorry for the grammar I am talking into my tablet while in pain.


  • My opinion would be that you need to see if your doctor will order an mri. There are so many soft tissues (discs, tendons, fats, fluids) that make up the structure of your spine that an xray really only shows the tip of the iceburg. There are also a number of conditions that can cause low back/buttock pain that aren't necessarily in your back. What you're describing with tailbone and low back pain suggests piriformis or SI dysfunction.
    You said you play basketball. I've watched plenty of games and it looks like falling on your rear end is pretty common. That's not good for your muscles and ligaments, so be sure to have a regular stretch/massage/heat/ice routine before you get in the game.
    A sports medicine specialist would be a good place to start. You can find quite a few at orthopedic clinics. Until then, ibuprofen may take the edge off. Don't ignore it. Especially if you're very active.
    Hope this helps.
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    We can't diagnose you on these forums. but since the pain is continuing, I would strongly encourage you to see your primary care doctor for an evaluation. Xrays are done to check for fracture and spinal alignment but can't show the soft tissues or the discs in between the vertebre. Usually, the doctors start with the least invasive of procedures and treatments and if there is not significant improvement, will go through the next treatment steps. There is a link below my post that gives you the Step by Step Guide to Chronic Back Pain treatment.

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