I was doing sit ups in gravel and the next day I had back pain (in 1979). It was caused by a large rock, that I initially dropped down on, then moved out of the way when it hurt. Next day we to see a Dr.,, he gave no help, sent me back to work. This is when my back problems started.
Over the last 35+ years I was diagnosed without any advanced imaging with scoliosis. I have had intermittent episodes with sharp, severe back spasms, for the first 10 or so years, which I learned to deal with without any further medical help. About 20 years ago, I had shooting pains for a few months down my left leg, then one day the pain was burning hot, persisted for a short duration, then no more spasms after that. I figured the nerve that was causing the spasms must have broke.
This condition advanced over the last 20 years, I would get really crooked, lateral shifts I think its called, my shoulders actually moved left of my hips several inches, bad, bad pain all around the hips and lower back. I didn't go to a Dr, low income prohibited it. I started hanging by holding on to things over my head, and let gravity pull down on my spine. This has the effect of getting me straight again. I took weeks originally, now only 7-10 days and Im mostly straight. This happens once or twice a year, mostly when I get active and careless about how I move about. Generally, heavy physical activity and shuffling about and twisting my torso will result in another event, however, I have "gone crooked" just by mowing my law recently. Its getting worse.
Was the back problem in 1979 capable of causing this, or is it nothing more than a genetic defect and advancing scoliosis?What kind of injury would cause the type of problems I am experiencing? How can anyone test to check if an old injury occurred, and if it could be the cause of this whole mess? Last, how much worse can it get, before I am forced to see a professional spine doctor?