Hi all. I ran across this site doing a lot of web searching lately.
I'm 36 (in July) and a father of 3. First is almost 7, the other two are about 7 months old. I'm 6'3" and about 205lb. Back pain started about 3 weeks ago. Wanted to share my story so far and see if any similar situations or ideas.
A few times a week, for a while, every time I would get out of a particular vehicle seat my lower back would hurt for maybe 2 minutes. Then, 3 weeks ago, rolled out of bed and noticed "hey, my left thigh AND lower back both hurt". Now, by hurt, I mean maybe a 3-4 on the pain scale. Which for someone usually pain-free is noticable! For a few days it was thigh/buttocks/knee/part of calf alternating what hurt and what didnt. Buttocks was either bilaeral or mainly left side.
Advil seemed to help some and early the next week I saw a doctor. She deemed it 'Sacroiliac' issues, gave me some stretches to do and told me to give it 2 weeks and stay on the advil. I had success with 600mg 3x/day. Stretches werent making it any better, and maybe worse, so I stopped them and gave it a rest. During all this, of course, I need to be present for helping with our infants, who still enjoy an occasional feed at night. Or two. Lets just say pure rest was/is hard to come by. When someone handed me a baby on the left side, I felt the top of my buttocks area on the left start to ache.
The following week, say my regular GP, who again said give it 7-10 days. Gave me a proper 600mg prescription for ibuprofen, and a muscle relaxer for night. The discomfort would come and go - the back, alternating with buttocks/thigh. The leg issues have *very gradually* been subsiding, I think. I had made an appointment with a orthopedist this past Monday, and I kept the appointment since still had symptoms. They did an x-ray (no issues seen), and did all the leg pulls and other things and couldn't generate back pain from them. Gave me a Medrol Dose Pack, which I started 2 days ago. I have seen continued very slow progress on the Medrol, with still having occasional leg discomfort and more notable now in the back, like a 2 discomfort. I'm on day 3 of 6 of Medrol. Now, the pains seem to move around my lower back, left, then right, then also sometimes up mid-back on the left or right of my spine in the lats area.
My day job involves a lot of "sitting" and I have modified my situation to have more stand-up computer use and will lay down in my office for 5 minutes or so when I need to. Lifting or moving anything makes my back feel funny, even on the medicine. I've been making a concerted effort to lift mainly with my legs, especially to handle the babies.
I am under a doctor's care and following his instructions, I guess the next step would be a follow up in 2 weeks and MRI. I don't have any of the ominous signs for back pain...like fever, waking at night from pain, weight loss, etc. Laying down is one sure way to make the discomfort stop, and I can sleep well...until interrupted by our daughters. Sitting is often the worst, but sometime I can sit without a problem at all. Walking is generally fine. I have times of no problems and other times of discomfort. I dont mind the discomfort if I know its healing...part of me wants a MRI to rule out any horrible problems like tumors
Anyone else been in a situation like this? Is this sort of thing just likely to be weeks and weeks of very gradual improvement?