Since my back pain had gone from bad to worse, I got a rx for Flexiril, a muscle relaxant. My PT says I am having back spasms from muscle imbalances, and the strong muscles are pulling too hard and the weak ones can't stabilize. I have been in excruciating pain at times. What's interesting is that I NEVER have back pain at the same time as hip pain, it is always one or the other. I have been applying Flector patches to my back and taking Flexiril PRN, mostly at night because it put me out yesterday afternoon! What a difference these have made. Thurs and Fri nights were the first time I have had a good nights sleep in weeks. I wish I would have gotten the drugs earlier!
I have been paying attention to how I move and have noticed that when I extend my back from a flexed position, or try to stand up from a kneeling or crouched position, I am really straining my back bc my leg muscles are so weak. I plan on hitting PT hard this week and doing exercises at home to help with this. I never thought I would say this but I'd rather have hip pain any day over back pain!