How do I know how serious this pain is/when do you know if you need to see a doctor? I don't know what to compare this lower back pain to.
I'm a 30-year-old female, pretty active and in pretty good shape. I've been doing Bikram yoga once a week and an outdoor boot camp twice a week.
Today, I ran three quick miles after work, came inside and sat on the living room floor, watched the news, then went upstairs for a shower. Everything was fine but when I was done with the shower, I couldn't pick up either one of my legs to step out of the shower. I sort of fell down, and ended up crawling to my room on my hands and knees. I cried for a couple minutes, then my roommate heard me and helped me get into bed.
I took four ibuprofens and I'm sitting upright with pillows behind me and a heating pad.
I've tried four times to get out of bed, but every time I try, the pain brings tears to my eyes.
Is this a strain? A pinched nerve? A slipped disc?
What should I be doing? I really don't want to miss work tomorrow.