I am 27 and pretty active (cyclist, rock climbing). About six months, I was working on a bike and bending over a lot. The next day, my bike deteriorated throughout the day, ending with me basically bedridden for 2 weeks (couldn't do anything without a lot of pain in my lower back).
I had no health insurance. This happened to be somewhat before when I was younger and was doing military press in High School. Back was out for a month. Went to Dr., physical therapy, acupuncturist, nothing seemed to work. Except running to relieve it. Ever since then, I've had lower back pain but could generally manage it if I watched myself.
Up until 6 months ago, my back would only be tense and hurt maybe a couple days a month. But nothing too bad...
When I picked up health insurance, the Dr. said: Nothing wrong as far as I can tell. Nothing we can do. Just keep active, it'll be better.
Now, I have constant tension in my lower back. I can't cycle too long... Even running doesn't seem to help. If I overexert it, just a little, the tension turns up a notch, and the pain starts. Can't stand or walk for too long (shopping is deadly), nor can I sit... I work at home and have taken a liking to just using a workout ball so I can move around all day.
Any helpful advice?
I am never very forceful when I go to Dr's office and generally don't know if I should push and try to get an Xray or whatever would be best to see if there is any real problems that can relieve this.