I have been experiencing back pain for 3 or 4 months. The pain seems to move and once in a while i have a few pain free days. It's all lower back, not in my legs. Just before the back pain started my left leg had some numbness but doesn't now. Some days it's one hip, or both hips or one hip and lower back and other times just lower back. At times it feels almost like the muscles are cramping up. It hurts to climb into my van, into bed, squat down, reach down to get dishes out of dishwasher, reach above my head and various other things at different times depending on what's hurting that day. Aleve (2 of them) helps sometimes. Excedrine migraine (3 of them) helps but only for a coupleoff hours. I'm 43, 5'3" 250 lbs (yes very overweight) and I have a data entry/filing job. Several years ago I had symmetrical joint pain all over but not in my back and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis but after a round of steroids I was great and haven't had any flare ups since. Plus this isn't what I thought was typical symmetrical pain that RA causes.
Have any of you experienced moving back pain? Some days it almost feels debilitating. I can push myself to do what's needed but only with great pain. I'll skip things like activities that aren't mandatory often though because of the pain. I hate going to the doctor mainly because of finances, even though we have health insurance with my husband's job any diagnostic testing carries high deductibles and copays. I'm concerned that if I go, my description of the pain isn't specific enough to help the doc diagnosis it and do I see an MD or a chiropractor?