Where should I begin...well, I guess I should start by saying that I think of myself as fairly healthy; I take vitamins, exercise and try to eat healthy foods. It seems, though, that once every few months (at that time of the month
) I experience extreme pain in my lower back. It's not just the typical menstrual pain, but it seems to be in my muscles. For example, for the past three days, after having sat for a short period of time in a relaxed position, I start to stand and I find myself in excruciating pain as I try to do what seems to be stretching my "frozen" muscles out in that area. It literally feels like my muscles have frozen in the seated position, and I have to stretch them before I can manage to walk in a bit of pain. I told a doctor about this a year ago when it started happening, and he seemed to think it was related strictly to my menstrual period, but I'm not as sure of this. Right now, I also have little twinges at the sides of my lower back/bottom that feel like pinched nerves.
What could this be? Has anyone experienced this and been told what it is? If so, what are some ways to alleviate it?
Fortunately, this started very suddenly on Thursday evening (I had to go to work on Friday in this condition which wasn't fun
), so I have had the weekend to sit with a heating pad and take Tylenol, etc. to help with the pain. I think that it has improved a little.
Thanks for any advice
P.S. I want to also add that it hurts to bend over at my waist. I have to either stoop to pick things up, etc., or I have to use my long toes to pick things up if I'm barefoot *LOL* ;P
Listen to dietpepper, she is the expert here! Definitely get x-rays and if the x-rays do not show anything, demand an mri. Most back issues goes away on its own after some weeks..we here have all fell into this 1% category of people that have exhausted all conservative treatments and then ultimately surgery. Try ice as well when the pain starts..Keep us posted and I hope you feel better, real soon.