Hi there, new user on this board, I just wanted some other opinions of people that might have gone through this before.
Anyways, let me tell you how it all started. First, I am a skateboarder, now before you say "Oh, THAT's why you have back pain," I'm not jumping down huge flights of stairs or handrails, I started late at 19 and have been skateboarding for eight years, and this accident was not a result of skateboarding.
So, it was the beginning of April, and the snow was melting at the skatepark, so I was there with shovels to speed up the process. Let it also be known I was experiencing a slight tweak in my side, but I thought that was from sleeping on it wrong or something to that matter. Anyways, I jump over this fence that I've jumped over many a time, and then when I landed, I pulled something in my left side of my lower back, and it HURT. A LOT. After I did it, sleeping was barely possible cause I would have painful spasms. This isn't the first time it happened. It happened through skating in Vancouver last year when I pumped too hard in a bowl around a corner and pulled it that way. But when it happened then, I went to see a massage therapist, and it went away within the week, skateboarding throughout that said week as well.
Anyways, back to the next one, I went to see a chiropractor down the street and he gave me an adjustment and said to rest up a bit. It started to feel better within the week (still hurt to bend over and get up in the morning but wasn't having painful spasms). I also saw a massage therapist as well a day later. He gave me a bunch of exercises to do. And for the most part, they worked. After a while I was still somewhat sore in the mornings, but I was able to function and I felt like my old regular self and my back would only hurt if I really looked for it. I also had nerve pain on my right side, but that could have just been happening from my left side somehow..
Fast forward to mid July....I was about to take another trip up to Vancouver to skate and look for graphic design jobs out there. I was still getting slight pains that barely hurt and the pain came back on my right side, so I decided to see the massage therapist again. Now, I did something VERY wrong. After I seen her, I went skateboarding right after, and I didn't drink a lot of fluids, plus I decided to go on a diet of no fast food and no sugar, and all the toxins seem to flood my system and I felt like hell, and it seemed to make my healing process go backwards.
Anyways, seen the chiropractor again and he gave me more exercises, but it really didn't help much. I was feeling like hell. My sides hurt, but when I bent over, it didn't hurt much, also I was experiencing anxiety from worrying about it and my trip to Vancouver.
Now, I'm in Vancouver, and I decide to see my friend's chiropractor, who was much better than my other one back home. He did a full check on me, and he said it wasn't a serious problem and throughout the month, he'd given me few adjustments to the spots where I was experiencing pain. and for the most part, it's really helped.
Now I'm back home at my regular job, and I was feeling great for a couple of days. But here's what's going on now. My lower back (left side) still has pain, but it's very minor but very annoying. I do the exercises that my chiro showed me and they help, but then I start over again the next day. I can skateboarding and be generally active and have full mobility, but I have these annoying pin and needle feeling in my left lower back, but sometimes it goes to my buttock (left) my thigh (left) and sometimes I just feel pain on my right side (very minor).
So, I'm finally going to see my family doctor (didn't go in the first place cause he was kind of rude to me about something else), but I'm going nuts. It's giving me anxiety worrying about it, it's not serious apparently but I've had it going off and on for four months, I exercise, I skateboard and I've stopped using anti inflammitory medicine for some time now. I've even lost some weight to see if that would help and it still lingers.
Do I just have a damaged muscle or pinched nerve or what do you think it is? I apologize for the novel, I just wanted to include as much as the story as possible so you could get a good idea to what's going on.
I look forward to some hopefully good answers....thank you.
"Now, I'm in Vancouver, and I decide to see my friend's chiropractor, who was much better than my other one back home. He did a full check on me, and he said it wasn't a serious problem and throughout the month, he'd given me few adjustments to the spots where I was experiencing pain. and for the most part, it's really helped."
If this coarse of action was really helpful why not repeat it if a chiro was really helpful why not find a good one where you are now maybe the chiro in Vancouver can recommend someone in my experience the problem has to be completely addressed or it will return unless it has been dealt with properly and even after that you should return for an adjustment every 6 monthes or every year. or the problem will return
From what you have said, you think you had some kind of injury this past winter April to your lower back. You said you also did something similar a year ago.
You saw a massage therapist, and 2 different chiropractors. Got some relief, and continued with your skateboarding and working, but now you have some tingling, pins and needles going down your lower back, buttocks and thigh.
You make no mention of whether either chiropractors did any x-rays, or MRIs to determine if you have any injury to your spine.
Any half way decent chiropractor would have done x-rays at the very least, before attempting any kind of diagnosis and spinal adustments and should have done an MRI as well.
I'm glad to hear that you are finally going to go to your family doctor because it is about time you got some good solid professional medical care to determine what is really going on with your spine.
The tingling, pins and needles that you are feeling may indicate that you have a spinal problem involving a disc or spinal stenosis in the L4/L5 or L3/L4 vertebrae.
If you continue to have chiropractors do anything to your spine and you have disc problems causing your pain, you could cause far more serious injury to your back.
What you need from your family doctor is a referral to a good spinal surgeon, either and orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spines or a neurosurgeon that specializes in spines to do a full evaluation of your symptoms and have the appropriate tests done to determine what is actually going on.
In the mean time you should not continue to skateboard, lift anything heavy etc or do anything that would increase your pain and it wouldn't hurt you to take some Iburpofen as well.