So, I know that posting in a forum does not replace going to a doctor, but I thought I'd give it a stab.
I ride horses once a week. In January, I went snowboarding while on a trip and took some spills. In February, I fell off a horse and got a concussion, first landing on my hip/butt and then hitting my head on the ground.
Before the concussion, I was starting to have lower back pain while riding. Before January, it was there, but it was more discomfort and weakness. After January, it started to get crampy and painful. In the past month, it's gotten very, very bad. It's to the point where it hurts to walk and I can't do any cardio at the gym right now.
Basically, what happens is, I walk for a while, and suddenly my lower back starts literally cramping and freezing up. It feels very tight and painful, and like I have no range of motion in my pelvis. The only thing that makes it feel better is sitting down and doing some bend-over stretches.
It's really getting in the way of living my life, and getting very frustrating.
Things I've noticed:
1. My hamstrings and my gluteus get extremely tight when this cramping thing is happening. They start to feel weak, tired, and tight.
2. I have some very tender points in my mid-back on either side of my spine. They cramp up when I'm riding, and sometimes when I'm walking. Don't know if this is leading to this as well.
3. I have always had quite an arched lower back. I blame it on doing ballet for years, sticking my butt out and my hips forward. It's the ballet way.
4. If I try to do hamstring stretches, my hamstrings are very, very tight. When I just do a forward fold, my lower back is extremely tight, and sometimes my hamstrings. When I do a forward fold crossing one leg over the other, my hamstrings are extremely tight and painful.
5. There is a pinchy feeling in my right gluteal/lower back area, and sometimes it does travel down my leg. I know this is a common symptom of sciatica...But I have never been tested for that. Maybe I should be?
So I'm not sure what could be doing this. I have a feeling it has something to do with falling while snowboarding, then falling shortly thereafter off a horse onto a hard surface.
I've already talked to my doctor, and he suggested physiotherapy. I started seeing a physiotherapist, and frankly, I'm not sure he knows what he's doing or what's going on. My chiropractor...well, he uses this machine that kind of vibrates parts of your back, and I've found it actually works for maintenance, but for something like this, it's not doing diddly. So I'm seeing a new chiropractor on Monday for a second opinion. My friend recommended him.
I'm wondering if I should go back to my doctor and ask for X-rays. I have a lot of symptoms that match a few things, like degenerative disc disease but also spondylolisthesis.
Any ideas of where I should go from here? I'm eager to get this straightened out, literally.