I am here looking for the best advice possible. So i am like many here that has dealt with chronic lower back pain for almost two years. Long story short i cannot recall any physical injuries or any occurrences that would have called injury when i used to work out and play basketball.
My current back pain is constant, but becomes more intense with any physical activity, lifting, or standing, walking or sitting for long periods of time. I have some tingling in the left leg. I have some shoulder muscle aches but most of my pain is in the lower back. My Muscles seem very tight and i feel that my range of motion has decreased.
Long story short i have see at least 4 chiropractors, 2 primary care physicians, 2 Rheumatologist, 1 Neurologist, and I've tried physical therapy for more than a month. Nothing has seemed to work or even provide a real diagnosis of the problem.
My MRI shows no structural concerns, the closest i have came is my latest DR was able to perform a EMG test and found nerve irritation. The report states evidence for acute radiculopathy at L2-L3-L4 and S1-S2 on the left. He recommended Lyrica to help ease nerve pain, and i tried the samples of low dosage but really found no benefits. I am not a guy seeking for medication as perm fix vs finding the root cause.
I had my follow up today to tell him about how i feel about the lyrica medication. He could not tell me what is causing the nerve irritation after reviewing the MRI.
So now he is referring me to a orthopedic & spine doctor, which i have to wait a month for the appointment and try to take even more time off work. I know i am singing the same old song for a lot of people on this forum. But any advice or even point to the right thread that had similar experience with a resolution would be helpful.
Outside of MRI and EMG what other test should i shoot for that can really give me answers?