I have had 3 years of horrible lower back pain and I always thought posting on a forum would be like throwing a needle into a pile of needles, but here I am. I have seen 6 different PTs, 5 difference chiropractors, 2 sports medicine experts, an orthopedic surgeon and the list goes on. I am in my mid 20's now.
My pain is in my lower right side of my body. When it is at its worst it will go down to the top of my buttock and around the side of my right hip. It never deviates or goes higher then maybe 6 inches above my pelvis. 5 x-rays showed nothing and out of 2 MRIs the first one showed nothing and the last one showed "mild inflammation in a lumber facet joint". I received 2 injections of steroids into the lumbar facet joints, but that did not help much. Laying down with a flat back always feels the best.
The other side of the pain: I also have severe pain in my neck. I get a very stiff neck and I have shooting nerve pain down my arms. This pain has recently gotten much worse and is worse when standing or sitting for long periods of time. It often feels the best when I am laying down. This was always just a very slight pain and I didn't think much of it. It has gotten very painful over the last 4 months. I had a chiropractor work on it, but that only allowed for more flexibility and did not help the pain.
The injury or starting point of this pain was when I was playing golf nearly 3 years ago. I have not played golf since that day and swinging a golf club is very painful, especially at the point where I swing through the ball and thrust my body upwards/outwards while extending my right leg. Swinging a golf club does not hurt my neck, however.
Pain: The pain in my lower back is at its highest degree when I do not sleep straight the night before or I bend over and life with my back.
Things that didn't work: Chiropractor, steroid injections into facet joint, months and months of stretching/yoga, dry needling and any other typical PT or chiropractor stuff.
Does anyone have a guess at what this might be? I am mostly looking for where someone thinks I should go next? What kind of doctor? Is there a possible connection between the neck and lower back pain?
Thank you for taking the time to read this.