Hi there! I am looking for any insights into my problem.
I am a 43 year old female. I have been active in walking, light jogging and fitness classed for four years. Last spring, I started working out more and taking kickboxing. After a few weeks of it, I noticed that during my cool-down walks on the track, my back would feel like it was very gradually winding up and getting tight. I didn't think much of it and I would just do a few lower back stretches and that was that. I continued mowing my yard with a push-mower on weekends as well. Some days, I would walk anywhere from 7-14 miles a day. By the end of summer, I would have to stop mowing sooner, as it just felt like my back was very tight and tired. In June at the time this pain started, I also had a specific spot in my hip that felt like a burning sensation. I saw my PC for that and he told me he thought it was a muscle spasm and to stretch it. When I held kids at work, a specific spot near my L5 or sacrum would hurt on the left. Other times, that spot was tender if I pressed it. Sometimes, pressing it relieved pain. The back pain was on both sides of my very lower spine and if I continued to walk it would be like a band along my lumber.. just like you feel after HOURS on your feet.
I seemed to be able to walk fine (still having to stretch that pain out often after intense exercise) until about November when standing started to induce it and walking anything over about a half a mile. It went away again in end of December and part of January. Went away in part of Feb and after a brief stomach bug in the end of March, it came back and hasn't gone away. Very seldom there is a stabbing pain in my left side ( near kidneys). I wear a pedometer and this starts happening from 1/2 mile to .8 miles EVERY time. There are days that standing is difficult. Other days, I wouldn't know I had it unless I continuously walked over that amount of distance. If I walk .2 miles and then rest I can then walk another .2 or more. I have to rest in between or that tension builds.
When I was 20 I was diagnosed with spina bifida occulta b/c I had a sharp pain on the left at the same spot when I took a step. He said it was an imbalance that can get worse with stress. Then 23 years without a back ache, even when pregnant.
So, in April xrays revealed nothing abnormal and that I DO NOT have spina bifida. Was given steroid pack and did nothing. Was referred to a PT. She said I may have gluteal amnesia, hyperlordosis, muscle imbalance. I did a month or more of planks, hamstring stretches, ab bracing, etc.... nothing helped. Aleve for over a week, no change. I feel like it could be a ligament strain b/c of the repetitive exercise, twisting, etc... I don't know.
Also, I can run, use elliptical and generally exercise.. only walking and standing hurt. It seems if I am bending forward frequently, I will not feel the pain. At home, doing housework it is ok until I have to cook.
I have a 4 year old and I am missing out on things b/c I can't walk far.
I have an appointment with a physiarist in June. I read and read and read and none of my symptoms match. I sound like I have stenosis, but I lack radiating pain, degeneration and my age. Strains usually go away on their own. Disc problems usually affect other places other than the back. I read journals that show very weak link between posture and chronic back pain. I have had this posture my whole life without issue. I just don't know what this could be??