I’ve had lower back problems for a long time. When I was in college, I started developing a deep chronic pain in my lower back that made it almost impossible to bend forward. It was like my spine had fused shut and it wouldn’t stretch. Eventually I went to see a physical therapist, who told me that I had an issue with my spine, and that was putting a lot stress and tension on my lower back. So not only was my spine kind of whacked, but the lower back muscles were bad too. My doctor gave me a list of core exercises to do, and it really helped.
But like most things, as soon as the problem was gone, I stopped doing the exercises.
My lower back still hurt when I would go for long walks around the city, but I blamed bad shoes and pavement. But then in March, while at my niece’s wedding, it happened again. It was sudden and it hurt. Even more than it did in college. I couldn’t bend at all. Not forward, not backward, or side-to-side. Breathing hurt. We used heating pads, muscle rub, and painkillers to get me through the weekend, and for the most part I was okay, even with all the pain. It last for a few days, and then it was gone.
Then yesterday, it happened again. Like March, there was no real reason. I didn’t do some unusual move, but it just slowly came on. I actually noticed it right before a run, but I thought maybe it was just because I needed to stretch and move a little. My run wasn’t very good, but my back didn’t really hurt so I couldn’t tell.
When I came home, I could barely move. Throughout the evening, it got worse. I tried a heating pad, I tried icing, I tried the muscle rub, I tried painkillers. Ugh. Nothing’s working. I know it can take time to recover from throwing your back out, but seriously? I’m too young for this!
I’m not sure if this is a recurring problem or if it’s just a different lower back problem. Either way, I need to do something about it. I know core exercises are helpful, but I’m not quite sure what to do. I’ve heard yoga can help, but I’m not sure if it will make my back better or worse. I don’t want to overexert myself and then create a new problem.
Any suggestions for treating lower back problems?