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19 y/o male, struggling with lower back and leg pain

Jonatan MeineJJonatan Meine Posts: 1
edited 09/19/2015 - 11:21 PM in New Member Introductions
First of all, Hello to everyone and I'm glad to join the spine-health community. I'm 19 years old, male and about to start studying at university. Before I turned 14/15, I was a pretty active little kid, but soon after I received my first computer I immediately got hooked on it and starting playing a lot of video games. From that time until now I've been very inactive, only exercising once in a while at the gym at school. I wasn't very obsessed with my health at that time since I wasn't struggling from any health problems and I've always maintained a pretty average BMI. My parents are also healthy, but my mother does suffer from arthritis and my father has scoliosis. Also, Nobody in my family is diabetic.

At this point in time, I am, however, suffering from mild/severe leg pain and mild lower back pain. It all started about 4-5 weeks ago, when I suddenly felt a dull aching sensation at the back of both my thighs while I was sitting. I thought it would go away after a few days, but it didn't. From that point on it has progressed quite aggressively and has now become a very annoying burning/pins and needles pain at the back of my thighs. The pain is heavily aggravated while sitting, and does actually become much less whenever I stand up or start walking. This has pretty much made me unable to sit for more than 10-15 minutes before the pain almost turns unbearable. After about 3 weeks into the pain, I also felt some stiffness in my lower back, however that is only when I bend or lift things, which doesn't bother me that much (I think however that there may be a relation).

This pain I'm suffering from now makes it very hard to study and sit, and so I have started thinking about what may have caused the issue. I haven't been lifting any heavy things in my life, but a few months before the initial pain started, I decided to become more healthy, so I regularly when jogging. I didn't feel this sort of pain, but it could stem from the jogging. I'm also thinking that maybe my unhealthy lifestyle on the computer also has contributed a lot to this. I've looked into possible explanations, and I'm left with thinking that I either have sciatica or piriformis syndrome. Sometimes the pain is only in the outer thighs, leading me to think that I also suffer from meralgia paresthetica. I've been to a few doctors and am currently doing physical therapy (2 weeks in), but I'm not seeing any improvements. I've also had an MRI done on my lower back, but showing no slipped disk or similar conditions. The pain sometimes remains even if I'm lying in bed, which makes it hard to sleep. I've only tried over the counter drugs like ibuprofen, but last week my doctor also prescribed me 90 mg of Arcoxia, which apparently is illegal in the US (I live in Germany btw). I do have to mention that I also get sole/feet pain whenever I stand or walk for prolonged periods of time. When I'm walking I'm feeling almost no burning pain in my thighs at all.

I hope someones has some helpful thoughts on my problem. I hope everyone is doing well.


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