I'm new here but have been browsing the forums for a while. I've been suffering from lower back pain the last 8 months. The pain comes and goes about one week a month. I started noticing the pain after a long road trip that lasted a week and I did a lot of sitting. My current job has had me sitting the last few months for long periods of time too, along with sitting while driving daily and sitting while doing homework. This last week, it started hurting pretty bad again so I decided to get up and walk/stand as much as possible while at work. It seems to have helped because today I have minimal pain. I went into the doctor since I was getting tired of the pain that comes and goes and figured I would get it treated before it causes life long problems (I am only 21). The doctor seemed very concerned with my symptoms and took an Xray and wants me to go to a "physical medication doctor". He thinks I have a herniated disc.
Here is where I don't know if I feel that is correct and am looking for input. I have not had ANY trauma in the last year, I am only 21 so "wear and tear" shouldn't be a factor and I have a very clean medical record. I don't have any tingle or numbness. I haven't been able to do much exercising the last several months so my body has been pretty inactive. From all the reading I've done, it seems more like a muscle problem that can be treated by exercising and not staying stationary. I thought that was what my doctor was going to agree on too. But with the concern my doctor showed about a herniated disc, I am a little worried too. I have been working extremely hard to get a pilot slot in the Air Force the last several years and if I have a herniated disc, I will be disqualified from even joining any military branch.
So basically, I came here hoping I can get some insight on what others think it is from my symptoms.
Got the results from the Xrays today and... "The results are all normal" and bone density is normal too. Best news I've received for a while! He still wants me to go see some "physical medicine" doctor. I had a friend who is in the medical field do a small evaluation on my back and all they noticed were my back muscles were very tight. So this is looking to be just a muscular problem!View Thread
Thanks guys! I guess I didn't make one part of the story clear. I am still waiting to hear what the Xray results are and so the doctor saying he thinks it is a herniated disc was just him making an assessment. But as I went through today, I get kind of nervous that the signs are just that. I don't have any pain in my legs, it is all isolated to my lower back and butt. I thought maybe the butt pain had to do with bad seats at work and the bad seat in my car so I threw a pillow on my car seat and boy, that made a difference! The pain has been mild the last few days, and not so much in my back as it is in my butt. No tingle feeling, more like a "pulse" type of pain. Does this still sound like a herniated disc or maybe something less major?View Thread