This is all new to me, and would some advice before I go racking up my deductible...
Today is Friday. On Wed. Night, I was vacuuming and bent over & across the vacuum to pick up a penny. When I bent over, I felt a pop in my lower back, right above my buttocks, on the left side. Within minutes, the most excrutiating pain set in, all across my lower back. It steadily got worse... hot, burning, gnawing pain. It rendered me immobile. However, lying down hurt too. On my tummy, side, back...all hurt. Within an hour, the pain started radiating down my left leg. Down the outside of my left thigh, knee, and into my calf & foot. The leg pain was the greatest on my outer thigh. Throughout Wed. Night into Thurs morning, it was nearly impossible to walk, sit, or roll over in bed. The worst part of it all, is with my extensive stomach ulcer history, I cannot take nsaids of any kind. So all I am able to take throughout this ordeal is tylenol. However, on Thurs morning, my mother gave me one of her Flector patches, which I deemed safe to use since its a transdermal nsaid...bypassing my sensitive stomach. I also tried her TENS unit for 2 hours (one hour at a time). That helped the pain greatly for at least 3 hours. I seemed to improve slightly throughout Thursday, with a setback last night (thurs night) due to bending over once too far. This morning, Friday, I awoke stiff, but in much less pain. A 4 on a scale of 1-10, as opposed to the initial 10. I am hopeful today, that perhaps this will pass on its own without the need of a doctor, but have now noticed a slight popping noise in the spot of pain, every time I take a step. Its not debilitating like before. But the popping with every step worries me.
So that's my story... would love any advice from anyone who has traveled this road. Also would love some input on this popping when I take a step.
Thanks so much,