Hi Everyone, I have a mild disc bulge between L3-L4 and a small left sided disc extrusion at L5-S1 that impinges upon the S1 nerve root in the left lateral recess. I have different types of back pain over the last few years that comes and goes. Last year I had trouble walking because the pain in my lower left back got so bad, but I could run fine and it eventually would go away after a few months. Most of the times it was lower back pain on the left side and stiff neck muscles.
Lately, I have been getting severe pain between my shoulder blades on both sides. I have always been able to tolerate my back pain, but this seems to finally bother me. It then feels like it radiates down and then into both sides of my my ribcage. Sometimes I get a slight burning sensation. Normally a massage would relive my back pain, but this pain does not seem to respond much to massages. It comes and goes in severity, but has seemed like it is slowly getting worse.
I recently had a blood test done and also an ultrasound of the abdomen for gallstones. Both came out ok. My doctor has prescribed me medication for the pain, but I am always weary about taking medicine unless I really need it. Do you think this is just back pain or could it be related to some other issues? Should I just wait it out longer to see if it gets worse as my doctor recommended. He did not recommend another MRI since I had one a few years ago. Thank you.View Thread
So just to update on my problems. I found that going to the chiropractor when it gets bad and improving my posture has started to help a lot. I also keep active and not let myself get in a slump where I do not go to the gym for too many days. If I can't go I do something at home, even if it's only for 30 minutes. I cut down my alcohol intake drastically and spicy foods. I still get back pain, I am guessing it is a mixture of heartburn and nerve pain, but going to the doctors they just keep you in a endless cycle of visits and tests. I had a CT scan which showed nothing soon after the ultrasound and a gallbladder tests which also came back fine.View Thread