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I'm 37, female and in great health. I have a history (15 years) of low back problems. I've been treated conservatively over the past, nothing more than anti-inflammatories and physical therapy to strengthen the core and get over the "flares" from time to time when I over do it or bend the wrong way.

Past MRI's have revealed a mild disc bulge at L5-S1 with DDD in the areas above. My last MRI was about 6 years ago which showed the above findings, it may have said something about bulges at L4-L5 but I'm not quiet sure.

Here's the thing, over the past 15 years I've been an avid runner working through the low back pain and managing the symptoms. After about a 4 year break from the serious running, and 3 shoulder surgeries for torn ligamanets, I decided to start training again for one more marathon and to loose about 20 unwanted pounds.

Saturday was my first day back to running and within 2 miles, I started getting a shooting pain from my low back, across the top of my hip to the outside of my right hip - which is where the pain stopped. I've never felt it before in this area. With each step I got this shooting pain. Once I stopped running the pain stopped. I wisely stopped running and walked back to my car and the rest of the day the area was a little sore but nothing to complain about - just general soreness, no shooting pain.

This morning I tried to run again and the same thing happened. Any ideas? The area I described, is this coming from L5-S1 or up higher? I would almost like to get another MRI to see if there have been any changes from the last - have things gotten worse? If so, I'm willing to give up running altogether but if it's just a muscle thing it may be something I can work through.

Thoughts? Am I just crazy for running? Should I give this up as well? Be honest, please.


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