I'll give a quick description of my situation and try to be brief:
In december 2014 having never suffered from back problems I 'pulled' my back at work (physical job), to which A&E said it was just a pulled ligament and to do the usual standard treatments such as rest and NSAID medication etc...
After a week off work I returned and felt absolutely fine. However, three months later in late March 2015, I developed a gradual onset of lower back aches/pain that was bad but didnt require me to be off work with. I have now had this pain with some good days/weeks and some awful for around 1 year and 3 months from that onset in March 2015.
6 months into my situation I was given physio which really helped, but as seems to be the usual story with many others I eventually developed sciatica. I was then given an mri scan which showed nothing terrible, just that I had a very minor disk bulge at L5/S1 with minor degeneration.
Before I ask my question I will give some info that may help responses. I am 25 years old, I manage my chronic pain with a strict stretching routine (cobra stretches etc) and NSAID'S when I need them, cardio exercise twice a week with regular walks, and just generally trying to remain positive and lift correctly at work and not doing anything stupid (after a year and 3 months I know what seems to make it worse)...
On to my real question/concern: I know this pain may be something I will have to deal with for quite a long time and have learned to accept this, but there is one thing that I feel concerned about which is this weird popping sound in my hip/buttocks area and was wondering if anyone else has experienced this along with back pain. The popping sound ONLY occurs when I have a bad period of back pain and happens while i walk - it is in just one side (left). So my question is, does anyone know if my back pain could be related to this popping sound in my hip area, as it only occurs when I are actually have back pain? I have mentioned it to 3 doctors over the course of my back issues, and they have all literally dismissed it as nothing. but surely it has to be related to something as it only happens when I have the pain!
New to the forums, so hope I haven't missed much info out etc. Any experiences and comments greatly appreciated. Just a note I have been sciatica pain free for about 2 months now.