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It sounds quite possibly discogenic because when you bend backwards you pinch your discs together, if there is a bulge it will pinch it painfully. Leaning forwards opens the space out. Are you taking painkillers and do you have leg symptoms?
I recommend seeing your GP, avoiding painful activities and please do join us on the Back Pain support thread. There is absolutely masses of information there and lots o friendly back pain sufferers.
Try and see a sports physio if you can, there are good and bad physios like any profession but good ones are amazing And ime really help. I doubt they would do anything to make it worse, ime they do nothing rather than do anything to aggravate a condition.
The sunshine clinic (centre?) in Hillyfields in South East London is good, I've been there in the past, also a great place in Lee , can't remember the name but it's possibly Manor Avenue/rd, it's just up from Manor House gardens if that helps at all. Sorry not to be more specific it's been a while since I've been there.
I have the same problem. Feels like my lower back is being crunched backwards and it's worse if I walk a lot. Feels as though I want to bend forwards to relieve it. I've had to give up running as that was making it worse. I do have quite a pronounced S curve to my spine partly accounting for my big bum
I saw an osteopath but although he was good it is not getting better and I'm £500 down and I can't sustain the expense. I'm wondering if I need some core stability exercises.
DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen.....thanks for the recommendations, I'll look into them (and they are very local to me).
I will get back to my GP (again).
Sorry, forgot to mention I have had an MRI but they only did it of my right hip...I was very annoyed as I was assured they were scanning my lower back too but this didn't happen. SO I've only had an x-ray of my lower back which my GP seems to think because it was clear no further scans need to be done