| | Lower back pain (sacroliliac?): location of pain shifts from left to right sides.
I would like to know how my lower back pain can switch from one side to the other:
I have been experiencing chronic lower back pain for over a year now. The pain is located in my lower back in the sacroliliac area on either the right side or left side into the buttock. The pain typically doesn't travel down my legs. I used to only have the pain when sitting, but now I have the pain even when standing or walking. I have gone to my doctor three times to ask him to examine me, and he never looked at my back, rather, he brushed me off. I obviously have to look for a new primary care doc, because it's rediculous to go to a doc and have a problem ignored. I've been taking Aleve or Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, but those drugs do not touch the pain. I apply warm compresses throughout the day and also apply either Bengay or IcyHot creams, but I still suffer from the pain.
When I wake up in the morning, the pain starts, but it is only located on one side near the buttock...either on the right or left side. The pain is never on both sides at once. So one day I can have pain for the entire day on my right side with no pain on the left, then the next day I can wake up and have pain for the entire day on my left side and so on. I can never predict which side the pain will be on when I wake up.
How can pain switch from one side of the body to the other? I am absolutely confused about this that one day I have pain on the left, then the next day the pain is on the right but not on the left. If you have any information to explain the possible reasons for this, I will be very interested in learning more. Also, what could be done for my back pain? Should I have any specific tests done?
Thank you very much for any info or advice.