Two years ago I had decompression and spinal fusion surgery (L3,4,5).Everything was very successful until this summer.
Exercise is a major part of my life. At least two hours every day---swimming, weights, aerobics,Yoga, walking, gardening, biking...etc. I am Very Active and never sore or weak. Just turned 56. I do have lots of osteoarthritis--(hands, neck, back, shoulders)and recent bone scan reported osteoporosis in hips.
But, for the past three months the pain is constant and getting worse and I don't know what it is. It hurts equally on both sides of my gluteal (butt) muscles. Feels like the day after a three hour exercise session doing five thousand repetitive exercises of any muscle group. When your muscles are way too tight and strained. It must be related to my spine in some way but I wonder if anyone else has ever had this. The only other symptons are tightening and cramping around my lower back when walking or moving too fast. Pain around the waist and twinges in the lumbar. This tightened glute muscle pain is so severe that it wakes me when I turn over in bed. If I am driving or walking and it doesn't hurt.....and I bend over! YOW! Feels like it is breaking.
Any help or insight welcome. I have an appointment with spine doctor in two weeks.....I don't know if I can wait much longer.