I'm a newbie. I a 45 yo female who has had sciatic disk issues since I was about 28 yrs old. I mostly had leg pain/numbness from a L5-S1 protrusion. PT took care of it.
Well recently I started having lower back pain and weird sensations in my feet so I was sent to PT again. The day after my 2nd session, I was getting on my elliptical and literally my lower midsection (lower back/pelvic area) just froze up. I couldn't move due to the excruciating pain. I was in tears. I couldn't sit, stand or lie down without pain. It lasted for days and then it eased up.
My doctor scheduled a mri (none contrast) of the lumbar spine. By the time I had the mri I was much better....just mid to lower back pain. The mri showed mild central lumbar stenosis at L4-L5, & L5-S1 (along with a disk protrusion). It said that it resulted from thickening of the ligaments (no nerves paths involved) and it indicated some degenerative disk issue.
I have only been taking over the counter meds and they help most of the times. However, some days it feels as if I can't stand long or sit. It's worse if I go days without exercise. I was suprised that there were no nerves involved because I was literally frozen. I have for a couple of years been having this uncomfortable gas issue and I was wondering if it could be related. Perhaps it is just digestive related. I also have been getting a shocking like pain in the right hip/pelvic area that my GYN thinks is back related. My PCO mentioned PT again and injections. I am really afraid of PT...thinking about having that painful situation and I am afraid of injections.
Sorry for being so long winded....just so frustrated and confused.