So I actually just discovered these forums and after reading through a couple threads here thought I might give posting in here a shot. In January of 2015 I was in a pretty mild car accident on the highway. It was not really bad at all; no ones airbags went off and all parties walked away just fine. However, immediately after the accident I began feeling a sharp pain in what felt like the center of my back. Being quite a competitive athlete at the time, I shrugged it off for a while. After months of persistence and the pain getting worse, I saw a doctor who said there did not seem to be anything really wrong but that I should take it easy and maybe stop exercising for a while.
Five years, more scans and doctors than I can count, and numerous medications later and the pain has persisted. Every doctor I have gone to just say that my scans look clean and that it must be something muscular but they do not give me any hint to an actual diagnosis. The pain has changed from a sharp to a more dull, throbbing ache. I have lost significant flexibilty in my back and bending in certain ways began to cause sharp pains (and still does) in the center and lower parts of my back. At times this pain can feel like a current shooting up and down my back. I did physical therapy for years to no avail. Medications only help so much, especially since I can no longer take NSAIDs due to drug interactions with my other medication. I can still function day to day, but every day consists of at least some pain and beyond work I cannot do much else. I went from doing almost 25 hours of exercise a week to barely being able to do a couple of hours.
At this point, I have kind of just accepted that I will always have back pain and am trying my hardest to exercise through it, but I thought I might put this here in case anyone has had a similar experience or maybe knows something else I can try. I am basically looking for any insight I can get from fellow pain sufferers, because the only other voices I have heard thus far are doctors and none of them seem very helpful.
Thank you in advance