Lower back pain for weeks, hurts when sitting

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I've been experiencing lower back pain now for about 6-8 weeks now and it is slowly driving me insane.

It occurs in the lower left side and mainly hurts when sitting down, with the pain going away when I walk and when I sleep. If I stand up straight I have trouble bending forwards and simple tasks like putting on socks are almost impossible without laying down. The pain isn't severe as such but it's enough to be driving me mental after 6 weeks! When sitting down, it also feels like the pain is radiating towards my hip and have started experiencing waves of pain throughout my pelvic region (unsure if related or something else). Having to sit at a desk for 8+ hours a day is driving me mad, although I have had a desk job for 5+ years and have never experienced pain like this.

I have been to a doctor who felt around for any lumps or bumps and said it was most likely a muscle injury of some sort and I am currently waiting on blood testing for inflammation. Just curious to see if anyone else has experienced pain like this out of the blue, and if so what it ended up being/how long it took to go away?

Thanks 😃

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    That sounds very like what i had. i had an mri and was told i had mild degeneration my left lumbar area. Sitting for me was a nightmare as the pain would spread into my butt, my hips and down my legs. i got a cushion from amazon designed for people with back problems and that helped massively. Walking alleviated it and i went to an osteopath and that helped too. I never really got to the bottom of what it was and i found the medical profession pretty unhelphful if Im honest. I bougt Stuart mcgills back book and did exercuses i n that and walked 5 miles a day and stretched at least 4 times a day, at work people got used to me lieing on the floor! i hope this helps you and apologies for spelling errors but phone has stopped correcting

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      @lis10127 I'm sorry to hear you've also had this type of pain and no direct diagnosis. I will try getting a cushion and see if that alleviates some of the pain at all and take a look into exercises I can try, might even give the laying on the floor at work a go if needed! Thank you for your advice and recommendations.

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    Hi amy10048, welcome to my world!!

    I too have lower left hand side pain for nearly a year, which exacerbates when sitting and relieves when standing/walking/lying down. It's more a severe deep ache type pain and not a nerve-shooting acute pain.

    I now have a sit/stand desk at work or else I just couldn't work.

    No idea how it came on and I've been thru just about every treatment (chiro, Oesteo, physio) and even facet block jabs (twice) - nothing has worked. My back physician had admitted he has no idea what's wrong with me which is terribly frustrating as there isn't a fix for something they can't put a finger on.

    Doing my own research, having an 'annular tear' causes similar symptoms and a scan I had a few months back did show I had this but not severe enough to affect my life the way it has.

    I have good days and bad days but there is one constant - it hasn't lessened and it aint going anywhere!

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      @p03935 I'm sorry to hear you are also in a lot of pain! Must be extremely frustrating not being able to get a proper diagnosis or solution 😦 I had a quick google of 'annular tear' and the info relating to pain when coughing and sneezing, bending forward etc. is right on point! If it doesn't go away soon I'll be asking for follow up tests. I'll try the sit/stand desk at work too and see if this makes a difference. I'm glad you've found some ways to try and live with the pain and I really hope it does get better for you at some point.

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    Hi Amy the seat cushion i used was memory foam and is designed for sciatica. It takes pressure off your lower spine as it has a gap your cocyx sits in. It was £29.99. It did help me to sit for longer periods. The stretch i have found most useful is a hip flexor stretch as these are often tight from sitting a lot and can pull your pelvis out of alignment which strains lower back. Hope you get better soon.

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