My back hurts. A lot.
I used to simply hop on the bike for a few miles a day (or on the trainer) and my back would feel fine again. Well, it's been three weeks and it's not feeling any better. I can't even walk. It takes 6 minutes to get out of the car. The preschooler jumps on me at home and I can't stand up for half an hour. I used to be able to bend over and touch the ground, now I can't even bend over enough to extend my hand to my zipper in the bathroom.
I think it's purely muscular, as I can pinpoint the exact spot that triggers the pain everywhere else. It's not near any bones, and the muscles will spasm tight enough that it pushes on my stomach and I want to throw up, or on my lungs and I can't breathe for stretches at a time. In other words, deep muscles and deep spasms.
It's my very low back, usually, and includes my entire left butt cheek.
I have been dealing with this all my life, and it would usually come and go. I fell out of a car going down the highway when I was two or three years old, but I just got used to it and thought it was normal--until a few months ago, and then again a few weeks ago.
All my life I had gone to chiropractors--they were amazing from when I was a little tyke through my teenage years. When I would go in my 20s, though, it only worked the opposite and I felt like it did more damage so I stopped going.
So, I want to stay away from chiropractors.
So, assuming it's muscular and not bones/spine, what kind of doctor do I go to? I Googled back doctors and didn't know what I was looking at.
I have thought about going and getting massages but my insurance won't cover it (I thought it would) and my wife thinks I would need a massage every week. That gets expensive no matter how attractive the masseuse is.
I am scared of back stuff because I know five other people in my life with back problems, and after going to doctors, they are in much, much, much worse shape now than before they started, so they won't even talk to me about it, and I won't talk to them. That is a 100% failure rate with people I know personally, so I told my wife that I would rather do nothing and live with the pain vs. the risk of going to a back doctor.
Any FOOvice? I know I am not alone. Or maybe I am. Very alone. And in pain.