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I am 27 years old, male, from Glasgow.
For around 4 years I have suffered pretty bad back pain, in my lower back. The pain is brought on by continuous standing in one spot, I.e washing dishes, or walking more than 20 minutes. I can describe the pain as a constant severe dull ache. And the muscles in my lower back round onto my hips and obliques become so tense and tight that if I Bend over I feel like they could snap like an over stretched elastic band.
When I tie my shoe laces I can sometimes get shooting pains right across my lower back. If I sit for say more than 5 minutes and then stand up, my lower back feels so stiff when I try to straighten it out.
I have no history of accidents or injuries to any major extent.
However about 4.5 years ago, I was doing deadlifts for the first time ever, and on my final rep my back just snapped, something went and I collapsed to the floor, someone helped me up and I walked out the gym in severe tight pain, went to hospital and I was told I just strained my lower back.
I done this again two years later doing squats and 2.5 years later again doing rack pulls. They weren't heavy at all. Considerably light actually.
I have since stopped doing exercises which recruit the lower back to this extent.
I still attend the gym very regularly, but I can't lift how I used to, my back just feels like it will snap.
I have seen a doctor and had a scan which showed a minor l5 s1 disc bulge, and I was sent for a nerve block which was unsuccessful, I go for another one in two days.
I have explained to the doctors so many times I hardly getting shooting pains down my legs, very rarely I do, they believe I have sciatica. I wish I had sciatica compared to this. This is some form of muscle distorser and they aren't listening to me.
I have told them 95% of my pain is in my lower back and hips but they don't seem to acknowledge me etc. All my muscle are so tight and painful. Even sitting in a chair I can my the sides on my hips aching.
I feel misdiagnosed, and being sent for pointless treatment.
I'm close to giving up and it's depressing me. I may have to stop work, I walk around 10-15 miles per shift, wearing 10kilos worth of equipment. The work is agonising and i dread it, I live my life on pain killers. I have lately started smoking cannabis to ease and relax my muscle, and it's like i have a new back when I do, but I can't do this all the time, ofcourse it makes me drowsy, and sleepy etc etc.
I do lots of stretching and it helps for a small while and the muscle just tighten up and go tense again.
I don't know what else to do, I don't even seem to have a diagnosis.
I seen an osteopath who believes I have slight scoliosis, my right shoulder is slightly higher than the other. But again this doesn't explain the tight lower back muscles, which leaves me severely limited in what I can do.
Some days are better than other, but it's progressively getting worse now.
I seen a physio and when he asked me to lean over and touch my toes he observed my back muscles "clinging on for dear life..."
Can anyone offer any help?
It's destroying my life, I genuinely believe I will be in a wheel chair somewhere down the line in my life.
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