My name is Phil. I a 51 year old male living in the Bay Area. Active and happy, with that additional little battle with back problems that seems to just "spice" up life a little extra now and then.
Found this forum and thought would share my experience now and see if could find any feedback or shared experience. L5/S1 laminectomy about 16 years ago, off and on problems throughout the years, but returned to running and normal activity for about the last ten years.
Last MRI was in July 2007, which showed a facet cyst on L5-S1 which appears to displace the right descending S1 nerve root anteriorly within the subarticular gutter causing moderate to severe narrowing of right subarticular gutter and possibly sequesterd disc fragment.
Last four weeks began an intensive workout regime of all the usual:running, hill walks, weightlifting, bycycle-alternating exercises for about 2 hours a day.
In the last 3 weeks have had a constant throbbing in my lower right back and butt, not painful at all, and most felt while on the bed and sitting.This is a new experience, the throbbing. Occasionally, will have leg and foot pain, not atypical of past bouts through the years. Can walk and carry on normal daily routines with not to much problem.
Doctor felt that I probably inflamed my back and now on second week of physical therapy and taking Motrin(though not really need it at this time.)
My concern is the throbbing with no pain. It sometimes seems to settle, but never entirely goes away.
I have stopped my workouts and just do moderate walking and seem not to be getting rid of the throbbing.
Am I just being too concerned because of my past back history? Should I just give it more time and calm down?
Thank you for any feedback you may offer..