Hi, I am fairly new to this site, so please be kind
I am 19-years-old, and I have been suffering from lower back pain for over a year. I hurt it when I was at track practice, we were doing multilevel box jumps, and I was tired and one was too high. I barely made my feet on the box, but as soon as I did, I felt a twinge and knew something was horribly wrong. I think I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, and this was the worst pain I had ever felt in my entire life. I could not bend even the slightest bit forward without serious pain, and felt pain in my butt and legs daily. Like a moron I am, I though that this would pass, and it was nothing serious, so I never went to a doctor.
Now, a year later, I still feel pain in my back, though not as painful as it once was. I have good days, and bad days, as everyone does. The pain is the worst when I stand for prolonged periods of time, like this past weekend, I went shopping with my mom and I was in a great deal of pain, only better when I could sit down or lean against a wall. I also feel a bit of relief when I bend forward, almost like I need to crack my back. I also have pain when I lay down flat on my back, or flat on my stomach, sides are usually comfortable. And still, I feel the pain in my butt and legs, no numbness though.
I'm sorry if this seems like a rant, I am just frustrated that I am 19, and already having chronic back pain. It worries me that standing for long periods of time is almost unbearable because I am currently in school for Nursing, and I know that nurses are prone to back injuries.
I have an appointment for a regular physical this week, and I am considering mentioning it so I can get a referral to an orthopedist.
Thank you for hearing me out, and enjoy your (snowy, if you're in New England) day!
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.