I am an 18 year old female and have had on and off lower back pain for about 2 years. It is a spasm feeling. I am thin, but my stomach and core are not in very good shape. I do not exercise as much as I should..
I went to see an orthopedic doctor. He told me I have poor posture, and that I "hunch back". He took two x-rays and discovered I have scoliosis in my lower back. He told me, however, that it was mild and that he did not think it was the cause of my back pain. He did not tell me what he thought the cause was but recommended I go to physical therapy.
My spasm pain comes and goes. Sometimes from sitting for long periods of times or bending a funny way. It is not the most painful thing I have ever felt, but it is up there. It is very uncomfortable. When it happens I am not sure what to do, no position seems to feel right.
My neck also often feels 'tight.'
I am very inflexible, I am unable to touch my toes.
I sleep on my side or back.
My father believes physical therapy can be a waste of money and our insurance will not cover it. My brother who is an athlete and has talked to many doctors and trainers about back pain have told him the best thing to do is exercise and strengthen your back. Is this true?
The thing is...I have TERRIBLE anxiety and OCD :(
I worry very much, especially about my health. I stupidly looked up symptoms of back pain and came across cancer and tumor of the spine, infection, etc.
It really freaked me out.
Could it be a tumor? The doctor did not say anything about that being a possibility...he didn't seem very worried but I am very worried.
What should I do?
Should I see another doctor? Should I go to physical therapy? What do you think could be the cause of my back pain?