I have a 20 year history of back problems. Perhaps, 10 years ago I had some numbness on the outside of my right thigh. My doctor said I had a herniated disk. It doesn't bother to much. It just makes me a bit lame and sore if I do much lifting.
A year and a half ago I spent several hours lifting and moving heavy boxes of about 50 - 60 pounds each. I tried to lift with my legs. After awhile I began to feel it in my abdomin. No pain, just tight like I'd done a lot of situps. I stopped the lifting, but to this day when I bend from the waist I can feel the tight muscles, and feel it even more when I straighten up.
Some days I can feel more than others.
My doctor told me it was most likely strained abdominal muscles. I asked if that would last this long and he said yes, it could.
When I'm sitting, walking, etc. there's no problem. If I sit for awhile on a seat that is to soft, I can feel the tightness a bit when I stand up, but it disappears in a few seconds.
I thought maybe with all the heavy lifting that I had a hernia, but my doctor said there is none.
He did suggest several exercises to strengthen my back and abdominal muscles, but even though I was once in great shape, it's difficult to start again.
Does this sound more like a back problem or abdominal problem? A few years ago I had a toothache. I thought it was in one of my bottom teeth. The dentist said it was actually in a top tooth and that the nerve between the top and bottom tooth were connected or something, and that was why I felt it in the bottom tooth.
Can that be the same with the back/abdomin? Is it possible my back probelm is making my abdomin feel this way?