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Hi everyone, stumbled across this site and thought i would join up and perhaps get some advice, although reading about other people's problems makes me feel silly about mine!
Little bit about me - I'm 19 and for a couple of years now I've had lower back pain. (I've seen a chiropractor for 6 years) About 3 weeks or so ago the back pain became suddenly worse, it was painful even to stand up or sit down. I also began having burning/sharp and numb sensations in my lower legs and feet. It was uncomfortable and worrying. My chiro told me my legs were hypersensitive because the nerves were irritated. My pelvis was rotated and my leg length was out by 2inches! He also said i had a tiny bit of scoliosis (which surprised my seeing as though he had never mentioned this in 6 years and I've never noticed such a thing about myself) - i know a friend who has scoliosis and can't make the comparison.
I am studying to do nursing at university and i am almost half way through my studies. My course requires its students to do placement at hospital every week and i have had to stop this for the moment due to my back pain and the risk placement places for exacerbating it. I am seeing a physio at the moment and am doing exercises to strengthen the muscles around my spine, as he believes the shape of my lower spine is the cause of all this. He has told me that if i had scans done it would not show up anything due to my age and the fact that it would have to be pretty serious to be able to visualize.
I'm worried about my future, do i defer uni or do i continue with the risk that it could make it worse? I need to make this decision soon. The pain in my legs comes and goes but is worse at night when laying in bed. The other day i had 8 hours of constant sharp pain in my calf. Numb feet worries me even more! I'm not sure if it is improving at all. I feel as if i am just too sensitive but yet the pain is frustrating and is always on the back of my mind! Am i stressing over nothing?
Apologies for the length!!