hi guys, I'm new here! found this site googling ways to help cope with my pain! (Google answers everything hahaha) im 26 years old married with two kids who works full time. I do not sit at a desk all day, I work at wawa (a deli/convenient store similar to 7/11. I lift heavy boxes, on my feet all day, etc. I frequent the gym and like to lift weights. (not too heavy!)
so two and a half weeks ago I randomly started to feel some sharp pain in my back. I let it go as a pulled muscle and hoped it would go away with some icing rest. after
two days I used a heating pad, which I still use throughout the day when I'm home. no idea what specifically brought on the pain. two toddlers, physical job, & as a girl who lifts weights, it could have been anything I suppose. I can't pick my children up, at
work I squat down just to grab light things from shelves because I can't bend forwards.
when I try lifting a pan of lettuce, for example, weighing aprox 2-4 lbs from waist height to chest height (to take it out of the work station for example) my back will give out.
when I cough or sneeze im in agonizing pain.
sitting down makes the pain radiate in my hips a little and also intensifies the pain in my back.
when I reach and stretch upwards or arch my back doing the cat stretch it feels good
doing the camel stretch is impossible.
standing and walking are not so bad, but the second I sit the pain intensifies.
when I sit or lay down, I cannot lift my legs without feeling intense sharp pain.
I'm just trying to figure out if I have a pulled muscle or something more serious before I waste time and money on going to a doctor. I've had pulled and even a torn muscle in my legs and arms before but never my back. this is very intense and making my daily life miserable. I hardly have time to do laundry let alone see a doctor lol... I can make a trip to the hospital (the only thing open when I DO have the opportunity to go see someone) but for money sake, I'd like to avoid that. please help with tips or insight!
also, I have had PT with both of my pregnancies (I had spd aka pelvic disfunction and I learned all the stretches, I have tried many and none have been working, or I just can't do them period lol) HELP!!! thanks loves.