Hello, I am a 26 year old male and have left lateral back pain near the spine occasionally radiates to upper back on the left side. The pain also radiates the my left buttocks and down the left side of my leg. No numbness just really sharp pain. It feels like a nerve is getting pinched. I have had this pain and its been progressively getting worse over the last 2 years and its starting to become debilitating. Its difficult to perform my job as a paramedic with the fire dept. I am in great shape and am very active. I an in pain 24/7. Somedays i cant do the things i want to do because I am in so much pain.
I had an xray done a couple months back. Shows arthritis on my lower spine and narrowing of the disk space between L4 and L5. I want to know if i can get rid of this pain. I hate taking medication. The only thing that helps is a muscle relaxer which i rarely take because its only a temporary pain fix and it makes me super tired for like 2 days. My life is starting to revolve around my pain. What can I do?
Really sorry to hear you are having such trouble!
Firstly, what you are describing probably isn’t solely coming from the L4/5 degeneration that you have because your pain pattern doesn’t fit. There is more to it than that.
It looks to me that you have a lot of tightness in your left side lumbar and thoracic paraspinal muscles which can then feed into the iliolumbar fascia, gluteus maximus and then on into the side of the leg along the fascia lata (iliotibial band). This will probably be compounded by relative hypomobility in some of your spinal joints and either one or both sacro iliac joints.
If I’m correct and there are no other factors involved (trauma, congenital spinal problems etc) then it’s a fairly easy problem to settle down.
Go and see a chiropractor and get an opinion from them.