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Need advice on what to do about this ongoing issue
I have been experiencing crippling episodes in lower back for about 5 years most likely from working out improperly. The incident occur randomly when I bend over the wrong way to put something heavy down. I experience intense pain that has me on the floor until the muscle spasms and pressure cease. The feeling is like something came out of place or shifted up or down and literally pulls me down. then the pain and pressure keep me down. once the "episode" stops, it is really sore for a few days. The pain radiates right above my buttocks and I do not notice pain anywhere other than lower back. It seems to be more noticeable on left side though. Doc performed the leg raising test to rule out disc issues, that was not painful, day after this occurred. I was down for 3 hours this last time (normally was 30 mins tops) crying and scared because no matter how hard I tried, I could not get up or crawl. xrays are normal but docs say the next step is PT, well I want to know what is wrong that has this happening to me every time I bend over "wrong". PT will cost me a fortune, even with insurance and I cant validate that when I have no idea what I'm dealing with. I called to ask for further tests and they said they would look into it. Do I need to ask to be referred to a specialist? I am really frustrated. It has been 8 days since that particular incident and I am more sore today than I was on day 4. I notice pain more when I am sitting or bending backward or forward. Out of all the issues that could possibly be wrong, I seem to have most of the symptoms of a facet joint problem. Moderator comments
We can't offer any suggestions as far as what might be causing your pain. The best suggestion that we can make is to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Physical therapy is one of the early first steps in getting chronic spine pain treated. This usually consists of core strengthening excercises, stretches, to warm up the muscles, and proper lifting techniques. If that fails to help ease the pain, then further investigation is warranted and you are usually sent to see a spine neuro or ortho surgeon for further evaluation.http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-spine-health-how-get-startedhttp://www.spine-health.com/treatment/diagnostic-tests/getting-accurate-back-pain-diagnosishttp://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/chronic-pain/chronic-pain-treatment-step-step