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I started working out in november 2012. squats and lunges. i didn't notice any specific trauma, but ever since my low back hurts so incredibly bad, its unbearable. its mainly on the lower left side, although it can radiate to the right, as well as down the back of my thigh right above the knee. i've had an xray, nothing. im now in physical therapy and it seems to be getting worse. slight motions leaning forward or twisting cause incredible amounts of pain. the therapist seems to think its my SI joint ... just wondering if anyone has experienced pain like this for so long and if anyone has any suggestions. I am not taking any meds, but was taking anti-inflammatories for awhile; however they upset my stomach so i stopped. could this be a disc problem? do i need an MRI?
[QUOTE=Tvig;5159172]I started working out in november 2012. squats and lunges. i didn't notice any specific trauma, but ever since my low back hurts so incredibly bad, its unbearable. its mainly on the lower left side, although it can radiate to the right, as well as down the back of my thigh right above the knee. i've had an xray, nothing. im now in physical therapy and it seems to be getting worse. slight motions leaning forward or twisting cause incredible amounts of pain. the therapist seems to think its my SI joint ... just wondering if anyone has experienced pain like this for so long and if anyone has any suggestions. I am not taking any meds, but was taking anti-inflammatories for awhile; however they upset my stomach so i stopped. could this be a disc problem? do i need an MRI?[/QUOTE]

Hi tvig, I understand how you feel, i have severe chronic low back pain, im so sorry that this is happening. I saw a spine surgeon meaning practice limited to spine only either neuro or ortho, & they have the most education & training in the care of the injuries, disorders & care of the spine & the drs treatment plan can include medicines, PT, tens, epidural steroids, etc & of course, surgery as a last resort & if suggested you will need , imho, a second opinion. Because the pain is radiating the dr may order another test called an EMG/ nerve conduction study to see if there is nerve compression. Muscle spasms can pull the vertebrae over on the nerve causing nerve root irritation that causes radiating pain, or a disc on a nerve can cause nerve compression that is can cause permanent nerve damage & is the reason why i had surgery. If you look up a dermatome map like i did it shows the nerve roots pathway it takes & may help you determine which level is having symptoms. The primary dr may order the MRI re: radiating pain or he may refer to a specialist, like a spine specialist. Increasing activity may aggravate the muscle spasms, sciatica or a spinal nerve irritation like it did with me & PT may recommend a change of modalities or calls the dr to change them to rest, heat, ultrasound & temporarily stop exercises & i had to stop then as well @ home. I hope that you find relief, get a diagnosis & a treatment plan & feel better.
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