This is my first time posting in a forum. I've read a great many, and realize the great help that a community such as this can offer others. Forgive me for the long post, I just want to explain myself well.
I hope this isn't too small of a thing to bring up here. But here goes...
I've always had a very healthy back. Never much in the realm of pain, and nothing that lasted more than a day or two if I was doing heavy lifting or what not. Nowadays it seems things have gone bad, and I need advice on what to do about it.
In a nutshell: I have lower back pain on both sides of my spine. It seems to be a muscle issue, but I'm not 100% sure on that. It seems as though my lower back muscles are so tense and tight, like rocks. Just super tense and painful. I can get them to untense (not sure if that's a word) temporarily with a nice hot bath or shower, but it always returns. I start the day feeling ok, and as the day wears on it gets worse and worse until at the end of the day I'm in so much pain that I simply can't sleep. I'm all night in pain. It doesn't help that I already have enough sleep problems due to shift work...
I was once prescribed robaxin for a pinched nerve in my neck, which had the added side effect of making this pain a lot less. There are two contributors that I can think of to this pain: Working all day at a computer, and a bad lumbar puncture a year and a half ago. As a third, I guess I could add in stress. In the interests of not making this post any more of a book I won't go into the details of the lumbar puncture unless someone would like me to.
What do you guys think of this? Is this just a normal thing that I've just been lucky enough to not experience prior to this (I'm 28 now), or is it possible that this is something more serious? If it's possible to be more serious, what should I ask my doctor to look for? I'm in the military too, so I have all the healthcare I need (with some restrictions of course..).
Thanks to anyone who responds. Sorry I wrote such a book! I guess I just needed to get this off my chest and maybe get some answers.