I THINK I HAVE A SLIPPED DISC!
I have been a lower back pain sufferer for almost 40 agonizing years. It has gone out so many times, I have lost count. I have been going to my chiripractor for 17 years, and he has helped a lot, but he told me that my lower back likes to be "out of position" no matter how many times he corrects it.
I have been through physical therapy twice, the last time being in January and ending about a month ago. I went to a very reputable clinic that only does backs and necks, so I thought I was going to be "cured"--- finally.
Exactly three weeks later to the day, my back went out..again...and this time it was so bad I ended up in the ER the next day. I was unable to go the day of, because I was could not get into my van, the pain was that bad. This is the first time I had to go to the ER for the pain, and received a muscle relaxer shot and pain shot, and then pills of the same.
The only thing I can think of that may have caused this to happen, is the night before I had done a round of modified push ups that I had done in physical therapy, and then went to sleep. I had never done them at home before, and I am thinking that it was just enough to cause a slipped disc which I think I have.
I was "down for the count" for several days, and when I talked to my physical therapist because I was suppose to return the next day for monthly maintainence, I was told that I should get an MRI. I went to my doctor first and he gave me a steroid shot which has helped some, but not as much as I had hoped. I am getting the MRI this week, and am very scared it is will show something serious.
My question is, does anyone know if the physical therapy in general could have caused this problem and/or perhaps the push ups I did at home? I am able to walk ok, but the pain persists, but is not as bad as in the beginning. I am very leary about moving the wrong way, for fear it will get worse. In the past, I would be doing better in a few days to a week, but this time it is has been 11 days.
Thanks so much for any help you can offer on this problem.