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First, I have searched the forums for advice or similar stuff and did not have any luck so I thought I would get some opinions on my current situation.
I am 43 year old male that is very active, fit and healthy. I work as a software engineer and have been sitting for most of my career. About 1 year ago I started having lower back pain, sort of just came on one day and it has not given up since. Mostly focused on my right lower back, L5-L4, and the pain radiates ( I think ) into my groin, stretching and yoga really helps. I have not stopped the things that I love to do, mountain biking, soccer and my first love, skateboarding, mostly bowls and pools. Over the course of the last year I have been doing Chiropractic adjustments once a week and as I mentioned yoga stretches daily. The pain comes and goes but is mostly there to some degree, ranges from a dull intermittent pain to a stabbing 6 out of 10. I decided to go see the doc again to try and get some more permanent relief or a strategy in place, he prescribed PT and an MRI.
Last week I started PT, I have had one appt and the PT identifies some issues, gives me some stretches/exercises to do and this is where things go off the rails. I have been doing my exercises everyday as prescribed for 4 days, and since I started them I now have numbness and tingling in both my arms and legs and a little in my face, my back hurts so much more. The last 3 nights I had been woken by the tingling and numbness and today it is still present after waking. To reiterate, I have never had any numbness and tingling at all, I am so freaked out. I am not doing the exercises anymore.
The MRI came back with a bunch of back stuff, most of it just old age stuff and related to min>mild arthropathy, the most concerning thing is a Moderate right foraminal stenosis with suspected abutment of the L5 nerve.
Anyhow, I am curious if anyone has had PT actually do harm and not good and I am concerned that I did damage with the exercises because of the additional pain and numbness.
Any stories or thoughts appreciated. Thanks in advance.