With just the little info you wrote, it sounds like (unprofessional opinion) some stenosis and sciatic nerve irritation. Nerves take long time to grow and heal. So make sure to eat foods high in B vitamins. A good exercise for lower back pain is pilates to strengthen the core muscles that support the spine.
NO lifting and try to do as much walking as possible to give your spine and nerves a chance to heal. If you are sports nut, then swimming would be excellent option for you.
Hope this helps.
Given the extent of your activity level and the history presented, these symptoms could be related to a muscle strain that was never fully resolved (torn muscle fibers or tendon and ligament involvement).
Did your physician obtain a lumbar spine x-ray? Were you referred for physical therapy?
There does appear to be some irritation of the sciatic nerve, but it could be related to inflammation and swelling of the adjacent muscles and not necessarily related to any nerve compression.
Contact or have a followup visit with your physician and inquire about having x-rays done and a possible short course of physical therapy to be certain your back exercise program and stretches are appropriate. It may be helpful to get instruction in different exercises that will promote a healthy back and decrease the risk of further injury.
Hope you resolve your symptoms soon ---
Thanks for the responses thus far. My doctor did order an x-ray, only because I kept talking about the issue I had previously had with the left side of my buttocks, leg.. I will probably go in for an x-ray so they can analyze that. What are some things they could possibly detect with an x-ray related to some of the information I have given?
An x-ray of your lumbar spine would show any possible structural changes in the alignment of your spinal column as well as any possible degenerative changes in the vertebrae themselves. It may also provide information regarding the adjacent soft tissue areas and whether muscle spasms are producing changes in the normal curvature of your spine.
Your buttock and leg pain may be related to these muscle spasms or may be related to some nerve involvement producing pain and irritation. If nerve involvement is suspected, an MRI would be needed to assess the nature and extent of this condition.
Based on the clinical findings on x-ray your doctor may refer you to physical therapy or obtain further diagnostic tests (MRI).
Keep us posted ----
Ask for the MRI first. That will tell what is happening with the nerves and the spine.
If you have any spine issues needing attention, then the doctor would have you do an xray at various positions to see how the spine moves.
But an xray itself is not going to help with any diagnostics. The MRI first is far more important.
I take 4 aleeve every day and do not suffer except off and on. If I lift anything heavy or
sit too long, I have pain in my buttocks. I have been able to control the pain sitting in
the car on a 5 hour trip by sitting on a pillow, but does the lifting pain indicate a different
problem? I am a small person and any item over 15 or 20 pounds can be painful, but the
pain does seem to go away shortly after. Since I am a senior, I am concerned about my
hip joint. I am a very active person, walk a lot and I don't want anything to slow me down.