I’ve been having chronic hip and back pain for the better part of the last year. It started last summer, and resulted in many, many visits to multiple doctors, six plus months of physical therapy, a couple thousand ibuprofen tablets consumed and various other prescription drugs. None of this seemed to be effective; in fact the condition became worse and worse over time, to the point where I was physically pretty non-functional for a lot of the last three months. The pain was extending down as far as the ankles, and my back was visibly crooked when I stood or walked. Getting around (at school, for example) was a daily ordeal.
The initial diagnosis, when the pain was mostly confined to the left hip, was for Bursitis. It became apparent a few months ago that the root problem was in the back, specifically in the Sciatic Nerve, which was being pinched or impacted somehow and causing both the hip and back pain and muscle spasms.
Exercise did not seem to help. I was walking for a few miles a day on a treadmill and was doing some bike and elliptical work — as much as I could stand — and still the condition did not abate. Nor did visits to a Chiropractor. Nothing I did seemed to have result in any sustained improvement, and for about the last three months or so the idea of exercise has been simply unthinkable.
The root cause is probably my sedentary lifestyle consisting of way too much sitting combined with a lack of core strength and being somewhat overweight. I’m not grossly flabby but I’m heavier than I should be, enough to have a negative impact.
A month ago I started seeing a massage therapist once a week. Not your fancy rubdown type massage, but the deep tissue and pressure point stuff combined with really intense stretches. Each massage is quite an unpleasant experience, actually, and I have felt stiff and dreadful the next day.
Yesterday I noticed that with no coaxing on my part my back was visibly straighter. I’m also sitting normally for the first time in months. And while I’m not entirely comfortable, the pain and discomfort are a lot less and are very manageable unless I’m going out of my way to exert myself (like while walking around at the zoo for three hours today, for example.)
I haven’t really been talking about this online at all, but now seems like a good time to mention it. It’s getting better, and I appear to have turned the corner on the fucking thing at long last.