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    Lower back pain..

    I've been having lower back pain for about 3 weeks now. It started from nowhere, I was walking to the bathroom at work and all of a sudden I had these sudden shooting pains in my lower back (like, right down around the tailbone) that radiated through my ass down my thigh. My leg started feeling a little numb/strange by the end of the day. The pain was not constant either, it would come in bouts of 5 or 6 flashes of pain and then get dull. The next day it seemed fine in the morning but was the same (a little milder) by the time I went to bed. During all this I was doing Muay Thai and BJJ, it did not bother me during class. After about a week and a half or so of a dull ache in my lower back I saw the doctor who suggested something was out of wack and pressing on the sciatic nerve. Prescribed me anti inflammatories, stretching, heat/cold, basic physical therapy type stuff. I've been on the anti inflammatory for a week now, twice a day, 500 mg each pill. My back has not really improved. It also has not gotten any worse.


    I was worried about scoliosis since in high school I had a 33* curve, which was corrected with bracing down to a 27* curve by the time I sopped growing. Is it possible that it's getting worse? I asked the doctor and he dismissed it as unlikely. It also doesn't seem like a slipped disk (which I hear are incredibly painful and you can't move). I have full range of motion, but a dull ache. It seems to affect me most when sitting for long periods of time or lying down when going to sleep. I plan on calling the doc again on Thursday (when I've finished the meds), but would like any input.


    Edit* Forgot to mention I have not been lifting during this time, just the MT/BJJ. The last time I lifted was about a week or so prior to the initial pain.
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    I've had tons of trouble with my lower back, but never any shooting pains, or pain down my legs. That's definitely not a good sign and you should see a doc asap.
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    You could have fragments pressing on your sciatic.If you start to get swelling in your leg,its for sure.Go to a specialist.The procedure is only about 30 minutes to remove them and is not considered a risky operation.

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    When I had 2 slipped disks in my lower back, I had shooting pains down my legs and could not walk properly. It may have something to do with your sciatic nerve. Probably just best to get it checked out dude.
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    Called the doctor, he said x-rays, so I got x-rays. They were negative. Oh, except for the scoliosis, which of course they didn't measure. Still hurts, lower back on the right side mostly right at the top of my ass/bottom of the small of my back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altephor View Post
    Called the doctor, he said x-rays, so I got x-rays. They were negative. Oh, except for the scoliosis, which of course they didn't measure. Still hurts, lower back on the right side mostly right at the top of my ass/bottom of the small of my back.
    Xray is most likely not going to pick up soft tissue. Ask for an MRI.

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    You mentioned that the doc had you doing "basic physical therapy type stuff"? Does this include any foam rolling or myofascial release tecnhiques for your glutes / piriformis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehubbard View Post
    You mentioned that the doc had you doing "basic physical therapy type stuff"? Does this include any foam rolling or myofascial release tecnhiques for your glutes / piriformis?
    Good point.

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