I am hoping to find some answers or clues to what has been going on with an on-going issue. I'll try to summarize below.
I have had lower back pain and stiffness since I was in my 20s, but this issue with my lower back is fairly new.
*Past 6 months: Tingling in my fingertips (all four on my left hand) and pain and numbness at the inside of my upper, left arm and mild pain in my left shoulder blade.
*Past 2 weeks: Over the course of the day while at work (computer technician, no heavy lifting) the above symptoms increased quite a bit. I went home and was feeling a litter better and walked on my treadmill for about 40 minutes and then jogged for about 3 minutes. Did some back stretches afterwords.
The next morning I woke up feeling like someone stabbed me in the back (left shoulder blade) with a knife. Upon sitting up in bed the symptoms increased dramatically. This was my routine for about 10 days. The only thing that I have found to relieve the pain is to walk for 10-30 minutes.
The past 3-4 days the pain has slowly gotten better but is still a big issue when getting up from lying down.
Today, while sitting at my desk at work I have numbness in my arm while working on a computer out if front of me and while sitting. That almost entirely goes away if I pull my arm back away from my work. It is also relieved if I go for a walk.
My doctor (in January before it got much worse) said it was a pinched nerve in my neck (around C6-8 I believe he said). Monday I saw him again and he did some strength tests (I did fine) and movement test (I did fine) and he cracked my neck and upper back. He said that probably wouldn't do much but he wanted to make sure everything was aligned. I asked if he thought it was a disc issue and he said he wasn’t ready to say that. He said I have spasms and inflammation and prescribed a muscle relaxer and anti-inflammatory.
Any feedback on what may be going on would be much appreciated.