Hello Everyone. Im not sure what to do as the cause of my situation is a bit strange. Im 32 years old 6'2 200 pounds in good health although I don't exercise as much as I should and probably have tight / not very flexible muscles. About a month ago I was working on my motorcycle and I bent down to tighten a screw and I felt sharp pain in my lower back (never happened before). The pain slowly went away after about a week. Right about when it felt like it was healed up I started getting muscle spasms and pain in the back of my right thigh / buttock and moderate hip pain if i twisted around.
I went to a general doctor. He did some quick tests (hit my knee with rubber hammer) and said there doesn't seem to be any nerve issues and its just strained muscles. He gave me Tramadol for pain and Baclofen for spasms. The next day I had a short episode of severe mental stress and when that happened I felt a pain in my calf, and a few days later ankle / foot pain and a cold feeling in my foot. I couldn't walk more then about 100 yards until my ankle and foot had a severe pain / burning sensation.
This was about 2 weeks ago and it feels as if everything is slowly healing (no more back pain and i feel an occasional itching sensation in my leg muscles that feels like wounds when they start to heal) and there is a bit less pain everywhere each day and I can walk further and further (I do light stretches and swim for about an hour each day). What worries me now is I cant get any sleep because once I get in bed the pain slowly increases and when I do fall asleep after I wake up in the morning the pain is pretty bad until I get up and start walking.
Im loosing money because I cant go to work unless I fully recover (Im on my feet all day at work). Any recommendations on speeding up the healing process? should I lay a certain way in bed? Should I wait a little longer and see if everything heals up or go see another doctor?********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 06/27/15 18:23 est