I have joined this forum in hopes that it might offer some help or guidance to my current state. I am 25, and overweight at 200lbs and 5'5 stature.
Approximately 12 months ago I started having acute lower back pain when standing for long than 30 minutes. That pain was a 5-6 on the typical 1-10 scale. I sought help from my primary, who incorrectly diagnosed me with a UTI I did not have. I self referred myself to a chiropractor, and after going 2x a week for about 8 weeks, I began to feel relief.
These problems began to resurface about 6 months ago when I began exercising regularly at a local gym. This pain again start in my lower center back and always leaned toward my left hip. It worsened (only when active) after 30 minutes or more of standing or walking. I began going to the chiropractor once a week.
This past November, my pain was still worsening, so I returned to my primary care doctor, who said that many people my age who have desk jobs have back pain, and to not be worried. She told me to stop exercising regularly.
I referred myself to an acupuncturist, but after going for 4-5 weeks felt that did not help my symptoms.My pain still on-set after about 30 minutes of standing, walking or excerising. I was still going to the chiropractor regularly. I started implementing daily stretching.
The third week of December the intense daily pain began. The pain begins the moment I wake up in my lower back and left hip. On a scale of 1-10(not being able to stand) my mornings average an 8. There are days I have almost passed out trying to get out of bed or in the shower. For the first 3 hours of my day I struggle to stand up straight and manage the pain. I then referred myself, again, to a back specialist after my primary care doctor stated she did not know what to do.
I visited the specialist, who works out of one of the top rated departments in this area, the first week of January. He had x-rays done, did several tests of agility, felt my back, and determined I had nothing to worry about. He did not give me any explanation about why I am having pain, or how to manage it. He told me to exercise 2x a week on an elliptical machine and see him in 6 weeks, as he was sure that would help. He also told me to stop seeing a chiropractor.
In the two weeks following my pain has increased on a daily basis to the point where I cannot stand in the morning without severe lower back muscle spasms, and I must use a wheelchair if attending anything where I would need to stand for longer than an hour. I have started seeing a new chiropractor who diagnosed me with stage 1.5 spinal degeneration. I have now been to 4 sessions, and my back pain is at its worst. I do not know what to do or what doctor to see moving forward. I believe the pain is due to incredible buildups up inflammation in my lower back and left hip, but have never been diagnosed or explained what is happening to my body.
I would like to add that by 4-5pm every day, the pain subsides enough for me to do some everyday activities. It is the hours from 7am-4pm that I have intense problems.
I am concerned that I will become wheelchair bound at 25 if I do not take other steps now. I am not able to attend physical therapy due to my level of pain presently. Additionally, it is affecting my ability to work.
Any help that anyone has is appreciated, or referrals for what doctor to attempt to see.