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Constant Lower back pain

Yosemite29YYosemite29 Posts: 1
edited 10/29/2015 - 9:51 PM in Chronic Pain
I'm new to this forum and typically can find what I'm looking for online, but I haven't been able to find anything that specifically matches what I have so I'm going to test the waters here.

I've pretty much had back pain since I was a freshman in high school, but that was always strictly muscular and I think it was growth related because I grew 5 inches in 8 months that year. I play baseball so it always affected me, but I could usually play through the pain. About junior year the pain lessened big time and I was able play for the first time without muscular back pain, and had a great year. I was throwing about 87-89 and was lucky enough to commit to play college ball in the summer after my junior year. Fall of my senior year everything was normal and I was looking forward to that season. I don't know if this is relevant, but in January of my senior year I was in a car accident. It was pretty minor, I got t-boned/side swiped by someone going about 30 when I pulled out into an intersection at a red light and they went straight instead of turning from the turn lane they were in. I didn't feel bad at the time of the wreck (probably from adrenaline building up because I remember that feeling), but later in the day I remember I got a terrible headache that just made me not my normal self and thinking about it later I realized I had hit my head on the window. Those headaches continued for a few days and then went away. No concussion or anything, but I definitely wasn't fine like I thought originally. Pretty soon after that my senior year of baseball started and everything was fine, but I just didn't feel loose ever. I felt constantly restricted in my back and just felt off. About a month into the season I started having back pain, but it felt more in the spine than my past back pain. I tried to play through it, but eventually I stopped batting because of it and just toughed it out while I was pitching. The strangest thing though was that my velocity dropped off big time. I was now only in the low 80's and I just couldn't build up enough torque in my hips/back to throw like I should've been able to. I said nothing because I was afraid to lose playing time or my scholarship from an injury so it continued on. I played that summer with the same thing, but had my back worked on with airosti (idk if anyone is familiar with them). They took away my pain whenever I went in, but I still couldn't perform how I was used to. I went to college and played my freshman year (which was last year), but I still wasn't the same pitcher I was junior year when my back felt good. I still had a constant nagging pain, but again I said nothing because I didn't want to lose playing time. After the season I had my back worked on again at airosti, and felt even better than last summer (I didn't play summer ball either which helped), but coming back to school this fall I still have had the same issues and I've noticed I shake terribly during strenuous workouts that my strength coach said, "is probably from a weakness somewhere in my core". Not only is it still affecting my baseball performance, but the pain has come back except now I feel like it shoots down my leg (my butt and the side) and I even have noticed a kind of burning when I pee that I feel in my back slightly as well. Overall I just never feel "loose" during athletic activities, and have noticed the pain feels more present and worse overall.

Sorry if this is a long post I just haven't been able to find any answers. Thanks in advance!

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