I went to the doctor this morning and explained that i was having moderate pain in my lower back. I told him that the pain was worse when I went sprinting/running a week ago on the sunday, i felt sick and lightheaded that evening, but since then i have been doing core strengthening exercises combined with hyper extension for my lower back and the pain has subsided a lot, almost to the point of no pain at all.
I still get occasional lower back pain, but it is very mild. I am wondering now, because he never suggested a scan or x-ray, what should i do? The thing is, if it is a herniated disc and i don't have a scan, going back to exercise with weights and running may make it worse, and if that happens, i have to then return to the doctor again and i may damage my back even further. the thing is, he is the best doctor at the practice and is very thorough, so i know that i can trust his judgement for the most part.
I cannot force him to give me a mri scan, especially considering the costs of scans. I am not in considerable pain and discomfort with it, so i am not sure what i should do. He personally thinks it could be a lower back strain/sprain/pull (whatever you call it) and told me to continue taking pain killers (co-codamol) and performing the back & core exercises. He was going to give me some exercises to do, but i told him it is okay as i have been getting better with the exercises i have been using from the internet.
I am on a budget at the moment and i am trying to save as much money as possible, so i didn't particularly want to pay out a fortune on chiropractic examinations and physiotherapy sessions. I know these would be useful, but the costs are a lot and i can't afford it at the moment.
What, in your opinion/s, do you think i should do? Do i continue to exercise gradually and moderately without going too crazy and monitor the pain to see how much it increases, if at all? I really think i would go insane if i couldn't exercise at least moderately ha ha.