Hello. I'm a 38 year old male (6'1 and 190 lbs). I noticed around June of this year that I started having this lower lumbar pain (L5 area) whenever I would bend forward (like at the degree of touching head to knees while standing) or when I would get up from a sitting position after about 10 minutes or longer. It has been getting worse over the last 6 months and sometimes I cannot even use the bathroom in a sitting position for longer than 5 minutes or it really hurts to straighten up when I go to stand up.
When I'm moving about during the day it does not hurt (but the lower back does feel fatigued). I can also bend backwards and lift heavy items without pain but once I bend forward it hurts pretty bad in that lower L5 area. The best relief I can get it when I lay down for the night on my bed and I can completely relax my back and stomach core muscles.
I went to my doctor and he diagnosed it as a "low back strain" from lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting heavy items at work. Then I went to a Chiropractor and he just adjusts my spine twice per week. I have not felt any relief since going to the Chiropractor and he refuses to agree that I should get an MRI.
Does anyone have these symptoms or know what this could be? I'm a Kinesiology student and I'm still puzzled as to what this is. It seems that my DR and Chiropractor do not know what it is either and they are just guessing.
Can I request my Primary Care Physician to send me to get an MRI under my insurance plan?
Thank you so much!