A year ago i was shoveling snow for a good two hours, towards the end i lifted way to much and my lower back completely gave out. Wasnt able to do much for a week and since then my back has not been the same. Ill bend down to fast or come up to fast and it goes out or ill even be walking,standing or even sitting in one place and it feels like it slips out a little. Almost feels like a bubble i need to pop in my lower back just to make the pain go away. When i get really stressed and tense i can feel it tightening back there and stress usually makes it get REALLY BAD. I have even noticed at times when i need to make a bowel movement it tends to get really really tight like the pressure is hitting something. I am 21 years old and a little heavier than i am supposed to be and have a bigger chest, which i know those factors do not help my lower back situation. I currently have lost 14 pounds and plan to loose much more but for some reason i feel there is a lot more going on than just my weight......please help and tell me whats wrong...i work two jobs and its effecting one majorly because it involves me bending up and down a lot...i wear a brace but the brace is begining to no longer help.
Without an examination, it is not really possible to tell you what is going on.
In the absence of neurological problems (pain radiating into the lower extremities, numbness/tingling in specific areas of the lower extremities), the back pain is usually musculoskeletal in origin.
Weight management, core muscle strengthening, spine and lower extremeity flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness are the mainstays of management.
Other management methods are basically anything that helps with the discomfort, and these vary widely. Some patients find chiropractic manipulation or massage therapy to help extensively. Hot pack, hot tub, jacuzzi, hot shower all can help with tightness in the lower back muscles. Some patients find home traction helps (this usually helps more the the C-spine than for the lumbar region, but some patients say it helps). Other things include such methods as: TENS unit, accupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, counseling, spiritual groups, music therapy, aroma therapy, over the counter medicines, etc. Methods which need medical input: injections, surgery, prescription medicines.
However, if a dedicated therapy program does not eliminate the problem, or you develop neurological symptoms, you may want to see a spine specialist.