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Hi there. Have you had problems with your back before?
And you were having no pain prior to yesterday? Does the pain radiate down below the hip?
Are you having any trouble controlling your bowel or bladder since this pain started?
This does not sound like an emergency and does not sound like a slipped disc. The only way to be sure, however, would be to get an MRI of the lumbar region. That said, soft tissue injuries are far more common in situations like this. When the muscles, the tendons (where the muscles attach to the bones) or the ligaments (which attach bone to bone) are strained or torn, they can hurt a lot and lead to stiffness and/or cramping. This is particularly common in situations in which the soft tissues are not accustomed to, or ready for, a particular activity or position and become injured. The treatment for this type of condition is rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, and gentle stretching once the pain has subsided (in order to prevent future injuries). A good physical therapist can often isolate the injured structure (or area) and develop a home program to help with pain and expedite healing.
Does your leg feel that way continuously or on and off?
And do you feel it in one leg or both?
This is most likely a case of overexertion of a limb that was not prepared for the challenge of standing all day and then painting on your knees. The soft tissues should heal slowly over the next several days to weeks, assuming you do not further stress it. Each successive day should be better than the previous one. If this is not the case, and your symptoms worsen, you would want to see your GP for a complete evaluation.
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