Hello, I am 21 years old and have had low back pain since I was 15, a freshman in high school. I have played volleyball at a high level since I was 11, and am now a D1 college athlete. I unfortunately have had to give up on the sport and myself due to my back pain and not being able to compete at the level I want. My back pain is numbing, stiff, and stabbing. The worst feeling I get in my back is with extension, when I arch my back the pain shoots automatically to the point of falling down or bracing myself. Besides that, standing is the second worst. I am constantly moving my legs around, shifting positions, and trying to walk around. When sitting I move my legs back and forth on top of each other to reduce pain, and leaning forward with a crouched back feels the best for me. I have gone to numerous doctors over the past 6 years for different types of treatments. I started with physical therapy and different types anti-inflammatory medications after I got my first MRI. My MRI showed a very slight bulge in one of my discs and a very slight tear in another, in L4-5 area. I have had a full bone scan too, and nothing showed up with that. After physical therapy didn't work, my doctors wanted me to try multiple different pain management treatments, I tried 2 different types of injections, including a facet joint inject and a type of epidural, which didn't relieve any pain either. My doctors referred me back to physical therapy again, which didn't relieve any pain, again. I have been prescribed medicines including tramadol, hydrocodon, ibprofen, advil, lyrica, and more. I stopped playing volleyball a year and a half ago and since then I have had new leg pain in both of my legs. From the feeling of the pain, I think it stems from my lower back or butt area and my doctors still don't know what it causing it. When looking at my MRI, multiple doctors have said my bulging disc isn't touching any nerves or close to it, which wouldn't be causing the pain in my legs. The doctors I have gone to say my discs aren't nearly bad enough to the point where they would operate. The pain radiates down the back/right side area of my right leg the most and goes into the bottom of my foot, heel, and pinky toe. It feels like I always have a cramp in my leg no matter what I do. My back pain is worse with standing but my leg pain is worse with sitting. The same pain has gone in my left leg as well, but not nearly as much. My right side is everyday, and my left is maybe once a week. The latest doctor that I have gone to really doesn't think my leg pain is coming from my back. He thinks that I might have piriformis syndrome. I have an appointment scheduled in January to go see a new doctor to get an emg and see if that could be my leg pain issue. I would really, really love any and all opinions to help fix my problems. It's been way too long to not have had any relief in either my back pain or leg pain. I even gave up volleyball and any physical activity in general for a whole year now, and nothing has helped or relieved any pain. Thank you for your help and for taking the time to read this!!! I don't even remember what it feels like to not have back pain anymore. I just really want to get back to myself and the way I used to feel. Hopefully this last doctor is right and I finally find out what is wrong with my back/legs! Thank you again!!