My lower spine issues started when I was in HS (1997): A beefy linebacker bodychecked me into a wall during an game of speedball in gym class. I was walking around bent over for a week. But I didn’t go to the doctor.
In 2000, I was in my forensic anthropology class at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. I was bent over a lab table examining specimens and just couldn’t stand up straight. I went right to the GWU ER. They took x-rays, gave me pain medication and NSAIDs, and sent me for followups with a specialist. That specialist (older male, I forget if he was ortho/neuro) asked me if I was having “too much rough sex.” I shit you not. He sent me home with a pamphlet of old people having sex.
In 2006, I went to a ortho because I was experiencing pain/numbness when I was sitting. This is also when I noticed how my hip would click. They did an x-ray and they diagnosed me with a generic “lumbar strain” a… Read More