Hey all, first time post here with terrible pain. A little on the history here. Im a 29 year old male, 6-2, 185lbs. Ive had some mediocre back pain for a few years but nothing too bad and always went away after a few days. Anyways, last June i was lifting a trailer that was tongue heavy off and onto the ball of the truck and did this for about a week. I tried to lift it using my legs and all the correct techniques, but probably used the back some. Anyways, that weekend i played in a golf tournament and a few holes into it the back started hurting and on the second day, i took a couple swings and it floored me. I continued to play golf the rest of the year with a lot of back pain. Since then, ive had pain off and on with a really stiff back. Well last weekend i came down with a cold and bad cough. I was laying on the couch resting and i sneezed really hard and a violent pain shot down my leg and i knew something wasnt good there. Everytime i coughed pain would shoot down my leg. I went to the doctor on Monday for the cough as well as the back pain. They took an x-ray of my back and everything looked ok and the doctor said it was probably a herniated disk and gave me some NSAIDS that dont work and got me signed up for the PT. Ive been going now for 1.5 weeks and im very skeptical about what im doing there. Between going to the doctor and going to the PT (2-days), the pain became so bad that i had to basically walk with a limp and had to walk hunched over. The pain was/is still unbearable. The pain is really bad in the butt muscle and into the hamstring and then goes into my right foot and has a bad tingling feel. My foot is also always cold. I have also lossed control over my calf muscle. If i try to jump or raise my heel, i cant do it. When i flex my calf muscle, i can get about half a flex. Its been about 2 weeks now since the onset of all this and i still cant walk really. Like i said, i am skeptical on how this PT is going to work. All i do is do some stretches and he puts some ultrasound and shock therapy and then does some leg pulling (traction?). At this point, i do want to get rid of the pain, but more importantly i need to be able to walk normally for work. I am a land surveyor but can only walk about 5 minutes before my back muscles are so worn out from keeping my body upright that i have to sit down. What do some of you think? Do i really continue this Therapy? or should i look at other options already. I go back to my family doctor on the 26th to re-evaluate everything and see if we need to look at other options, but i feel like im wasting my money on this PT. Thoughts?
Tue, 01/13/2009 - 9:40pm#1
Lower back pain that radiates down leg and into foot