16 years old
For the past two years straight i have had severe pain in my lower back. For the the first 6 months i didn't see a doctor, i'd just put up with it; at this time my lower right side of my back ached. Then it switched to the left side and got more excruciating. I saw a doctor and instead of reccomending me to a physiotherapist he just gave me a print out of the same exercises i would have done in physio. He told me that i had a torn back muscle that hadn't healed (it had been over 6 months...?) and what i was experiencing was intense back spasms.
it's been well over a year and my back pain is still here. It switches sometimes from aching on the left side, to my right side. Sometimes the pain gets so unbearable i have to scream (not exagerrating). Other times when the pain isn't as excruciating i have to sit down for long periods of time before i'm able to stand back up. The pain has made going to school and work alot harder as i'm finding it harder and harder to stand/walk.
A few months ago i discovered using rub-a535 (extra-strength) gave mild relief and allowed me to continue doing normal everyday things, but i would have to apply it 3-6+ times a day, but now it's ineffective against my symptoms and i don't bother with it anymore.
I haven't received any prescription pain killers from any doctors. They continue to say "just take an advil, bla bla" but that really doesn't do squat. Even when i take up to 3 extra strength liqui-gels my pain doesn't go away.
Another thing - Sometimes when the pain is at it's peak i put my hand on the part of my back that is hurting, and i can literally feel my back muscle spasming rapidly.