I always had back pain, as far as I can remember. Because I always had it - I didn't know I had it. For me having discomfort was normal part of life.
- In general lying down has always been my golden position.
- Walking fast ... good
- Walking slow, will soon get a lot of discomfort, pain and "pressure" feeling in the lumbar area
- Standing still, same as walking slow
I have "mistreated" my back in the past, I suppose, but I had pain before that as well.
I can only sleep on my stomach, even on my side is difficult, although possible. Impossible to sleep on my back.
I had an MRI 2 yrs ago, and it showed degeneration/dehydration at L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1 - with bulging on all 3 .. the biggest in L4/5.
To make things worst ... I have a congenital problem where all my posterior muscular chain is shorter, causing overall muscle tightness and limited range of movements (I.e. Hamstrings are super short).
So in addition to disc bulging pain, I also get sciatica caused by doing exercises where my hamstrings and gluteus muscles are stretched and they compress the nerves, also piriformis syndrome.
I went to osteopaths and PT ... both didn't help. Especially PT is difficult because of my muscle problem I would get backpain even if I don't bend my back.
Because of the extreme difficulty and pain in stretching, I decided to go to the mixed pilates/yoga classes in my local gym - where I would try to keep up even if in pain. It made a bit of a difference, but it was clear after 6 months that the results in muscle length were limited compared to others. Overall I felt better and I had less back pain ----- however it takes only 1 exercise wrong, and 2/3 weeks of sciatica.
Finally, likely from a Yoga exercise, I paid the final price. Double hernation on L3/4 and L4/5 .. the latter with huge extrusion (1x2x2 cm) which nearly reaches L5/S1 occupying compressing a large part of the spinal canal.
I'm now do for a microdiscectomy L4/5 and cleanup of the debris, happening in a couple of weeks. I choose a neurosurgeon.