Have you had persistent lower back pain before? How did you remedy it?
I have been in near constant pain for about four days due to my lower back. Mind you, it ranges from a 0 to a 8 on the Allie Brosh pain scale, depending on what I'm doing.
Lifting heavy things = 8+
Sitting = 5
Getting up = 5 to 6
BJJ = 0 to 6
Walking = 0
Laying on my side = 2
Laying on my stomach = 4
Employing a little hyperbole myself, it hurts to exist.
The pain also seems to be migrating. It's slowwwwwly...creeeeping...down...into my butt...and slowwwwly creeeeeping..around..into my hip flexors. Who knows where it's headed next. I read that back pain can result in leg pain but that hasn't quite happened yet.
It all started after deadlifts. I felt great (AWESOME, in fact) during the set and afterwards. My low back typically has acute pain for two days after deadlifts - and even sometimes right after. It usually hurt to bend over at the waist, so I would hold my back and squat down like a pregnant lady if I needed to pick something up. Regardless, it was always the good sort of pain!
But this time it was different. Doing body weight squats in BJJ for warm-up the next day killed. I could not go very low and I had to do them really slowly.
I decided to take about a week off from lifting. Everything was hunky-doory until I started warming up for squats on Tuesday:
With a bar -- oh, this doesn't feel right.
"This is bizarre..." I think to myself.
Add some warm up weight -- Ouch!
"Hmmm, I don't like this..."
Add more warm up weight -- OH MAN!!!
"Maybe this isn't such a good idea."
So I stopped and just did what I could, which wasn't a whole heck of a lot.
The bad thing was, my back continued to hurt a lot after that. I self-medicated but nothing seemed to help. I went to BJJ that night and some actions during light flow rolling really hurt.
I have been doing yoga, and I rolled on Thursday at a normal pace for one short round and it didn't hurt at all during. However, it seemed to be in worse shape the next day.
I'm going to go to open mat today and play it by ear. But I am also going to be calling up a doctor on Monday, because my gut is telling me that this pain isn't going to go away on its own. My guess is that I need massage therapy. Active Release Therapy is also an option. Does anyone have any experience with this, or is it just a name brand version of massage therapy?