Greetings. I'm new and seeking some wisdom. I'm a 24 year old male. I hurt my back on a camping trip in June. No specific trauma that I recall, just a long day of strenuous activity and then woke up with bad lower back pain. Well, 5 months have gone by and it still hasn't gotten much better, but definitely not any worse. I haven't seen a doctor because I don't really want pain medications, and was making an assumption that it would heal on its own in time.
Here's a detailed description:
Persistent stiffness in lower spine.
Sharp pain in lower spine when going from sitting to standing position and difficult to bend over (perhaps a 4/10 to rate pain).
Muscle tension/dull pain on left side of back higher up, below rib cage.
Sharp pain in right hip.
On days following any sort of physical activity that may involve back, pain jumps to a steady 6/10 and all above symptoms are amplified, most noticeably persistent sharp pain in lower spine.
I've never had any back issues before that day. I'm wondering if there's any chance I will have a full recovery if I continue just waiting it out, or am I absolutely stupid to not go to a doctor immediately? What sort of treatments are available for problems like this that don't involve temporary relief like drugs? I'm getting desperate and worried that this is going to be permanent.
Also...I have an irrational fear of doctors, surgery, and particularly paralysis.