This is a good question. It is important that you make an appointment with your primary care doctor
to discuss your ongoing symptoms and have a repeat history and physical. You didn't mention if you had any imaging done previously. If not done, an x-ray
of your back might be ordered. If you already had an x-ray, your physician might order additional imaging, such as an MRI
, depending on what is found during your visit. Back pain is very common and can be very aggravating as your back is used during almost every activity. There are many causes of back pain, from muscle strain, herniated discs, to spinal cord stenosis. You may need another round of medications such as anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants. Your doctor will also likely refer you for physical therapy. This can be very helpful for those with chronic low back pain. You will be taught proper mechanics for lifting, bending, etc, and will be given a series of exercises to do on your own between visits. Again, it is very important to follow up with your doctor to get a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In the meantime, do gentle back stretches every day and stay active.