Three months ago I hurt my back at the gym. I am not sure through which exercise. It wasn't a sharp pain then, but I remember it starting at the gym. Since then it has only grown and I am starting to give up hope, even though I am only 17 and very physically fit (soccer player, normal weight and no past problems). University starts in a month and this crippling pain persists, I might go insane.
It is a constant pain in the left side of my very low back and butt. It goes down my thigh, knee, calf and ends at the inner of my foot. The pain is made worse when I change from a seated position to a standing position, and it is more intense early in the morning and at night. The worst of it comes when I sneeze or laugh, like an electric shock down my butt and leg. There are also a few things to note. When I lie down on my back and bring either leg to my chest and then straighten it out again, I hear a popping sound from my back. Also, when lying down on my back with legs extended, if I try to bring my upper body up (like a sit up with extended legs), my legs begin to shake and I can not fully bring it up to 90 degrees. There is also excruciating pain in the leg when I do a cross body back stretch. Hot tub eases the pain, but it comes back even worse a few hours later. I have rested for the entire three months, only driving and doing light swimming and walking.
I've visited 2 chiropractors and they have told me that my pelvis is torqued (not sure what that means) and every visit they would manually manipulate the region by putting me on my side with a knee bent and other leg straight, and then twisting my body to make a cracking sound that would "release" my SI joint. I would always feel my pain reduce every time they did this, but there would always be some left, and it would go back to the regular pain a day later or even the same day. I've also visited 2 PT's and they have told me everything from possible disc problems to a tight psoas muscle. At this point I am not sure what could be the problem. I have tried everything from SI Joint massages to sciatic pain stretches to psoas stretches, etc etc. My MRI is scheduled for april next year (I'm Canadian) and we cannot get one privately because of the cost. At this point I feel so helpless that I finally broke down today, even though I am not one to give in to pain so easily. I cannot play soccer, workout, drive or even laugh with my friends because of this pain, and it is showing no signs of getting better. I am beginning to get very scared for when university begins in a month. Can anyone help me?