Hey guys, I'm pretty much dying in pain right now. I am only 19 years old, and generally in good health. I am a little "overweight" I guess, but not really. I mean basically I probably carry an extra 10-15 pounds, but nothing serious.
Anyway, my dad has always suffered from back pains. He always called it "throwing his back out." I can remember as a kid he threw it out a few times. Each time he would basically barely be able to walk for a few days and just lay in bed for a while. He recently told me that the first time he had back pain he was my age.
So I guess that's my family history. I have no idea if I am suffering the same thing or not, but I figured I should mention that.
This pain all started around 2 weeks ago. It started out just kind of like a normal back ache. I've had minor pains before, I guess just about everyone has. Normally though, I would just stretch or "pop" my back by doing a stretch and that would be the end of it. Definitely nothing lasting more than a day or two before now.
At first it was very slight. It was more annoying than painful. So I pretty much just took my Advil and told myself it would be better tomorrow. I kept telling myself that for about a week. Then it got a little worse. Now walking wasn't as easy, but I could still handle it. A little more Advil and a little more time on the couch. The pain basically starts around the level of the bottom where my rib cage ends (in the spine) and ends about where my butt begins, maybe a little bit past. Again, all the pain is focused around my spine, radiating a little bit out from it.
Some people told me it may be a slipped disc, but that doesn't make sense to me because I have no sciatica that I can tell. I mean, when I had someone do the straight leg test, I felt pain in my leg, but I think that was just because I haven't stretched my hamstrings in about a year! Also, I've heard that usually people don't get disc wear and tear until at least the 30s. I'm 19, so I wouldn't think I exactly have a ton of wear and tear on my discs.
Anyway, today as I was getting ready to take a shower, I took off my pants, and as I lifted a leg and balanced on the other, all of a sudden my back started hurting worse than ever. Literally I was moaning and cussing just trying to walk. I almost gave up on taking a shower it hurt to stand so bad. As of right now I am laying in bed with heating pad and it still hurts really bad. if I lift or even move my legs, it hurts in my lower back. If I try to touch my chin to my chest, it hurts all the way down my back.
I honestly should have gone to the doctor a while ago, but I kept trying to put it off, because I kept thinking its just a pulled muscle or something, but now I am pretty worried. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!