I am a 26 y/o male who currently weighs about 190 lbs. In High School, I weighed 300 lbs and carried that weight for a long time. I got down to about 200 lbs around 2014 and slowly got back up to 270 lbs by 2018. Since September of 2018, I have gone on a diet and have reached the weight I'm at now. I didn't do any exercise while losing this weight (I regret that) so I didn't help keep/build any muscle I was losing along with the fact.
I've had on and off back pain for most my life, but it never stuck around too long or really altered my lifestyle. It was usually in my lower back or my shoulder blades and would be a full burning sensation or perhaps a tingling sensation. Fast forward the March of this year. Took a trip to Florida which had me in a car for hours at a time. After this trip, I started to get bouts of off balance feeling while up and walking around, along with the typical back pain. I dealt with it for a while but eventually decided to go to my local PT for a consultation. They did the typical evaluation and said it seems I have a herniation in my lower back and my neck causing nerve compression. Beside the off balance sensation I was getting, I didn't have any symptoms indicative of a pinched nerve. This office has extremely good reviews so I went along with it and started PT. Started out with so back and neck stretching to apparently increase range if motion and loosen up the pressure on the nerves. Seemed to be helping a bit for a few weeks but nothing major. The off balance feeling had gone away almost 100% after about 4 weeks....but then came new symptoms. I started getting tingling down my left arm and up the left side of my neck and face. It seemed to span the whole arm into the hand and was an obvious sign of nerve compression near the neck. I told the PT and they switched me to some different stretches. I also started strengthening exercises (plank, knee press, Bridges) around this time. Tingle symptom subsided a bit so we kept going in that direction. Fast forward to now, almost done with my 6th week of twice a week PT. I still have on and off tingle/dull pain on the left side arm and face, but I also have had an decrease in lower body strength (legs feel underperforming, very annoying) and some irritation around my knees and elbows. I think it might get worse a few hours after doing my core exercises, but I'm not sure if it's connected. mentioned this to my PT and they didn't really give me much of an answer other than I pushed my exercises a bit too much too fast. They cut those back but nothing has changed. I have an appoint Friday and I'm tempted to tell my PT that I don't want to continue my PT. I just don't know what the answer is. I've solved the off balance feeling but I've brought on 2 or 3 new issues.