Hi, I'm Justin and I'm a male in my early 20's. So I work a very physical job and my back had been getting really sore for the past month. On my day off, a friend gave me a good massage and then helped me stretch my hip and I heard a pop in my lower back. I didn't feel anything for a couple days, but my back kept feeling more and more sore over my weekend. Over the course of a couple days I performed some back stretches to help with my back, but to be honest it kind of felt like it was doing more harm than good. It felt good doing them in the moment, but later I would feel more sore, but I can't be sure if that was the cause of my pain. When it was time to go back to work, I was getting acute, shooting pains so bad that I couldn't sleep for work.
It's been a week since then and it still hurts really bad when I try lifting boxes and bending over. Although it doesn't hurt if I stay off my back. I can feel a discomfort in my lower back as if a disk is off or something and my mid back can flare up after working to the point where I get shooting pain all over my body. My foot had also went numb as I walked around and carried out my duties at work, but is fine now. I had to leave work and see a doctor the pain was so bad. I had an MRI taken and the doctor said the only thing that came up was that a disk looked a little wonky. He said imy back should be healing on it's own and feeling better, but I don't feel much of a difference in pain after the first week. I have been taking Advil ever since. I also iced my back 4-5 times a day for 4 days and have since been using just heat.
Most people say that I'll probably be okay in 2-3 weeks and nothing bad is really going to come of this. Although, my mother says that I'm going to be stuck with this pain for the rest of my life. My question is: what does this sound like to you all? Does it sound like something that'll go away soon? And what type of damage do you think happened? Lastly, what can I do for my health and to reduce the pain? I plan to see a physical therapist per my doctor's recommendation and hopefully a chiropractor aswell.
I appreciate any input you guys have on this topic and thank you all in advance.