Back problems?!?

My boyfriend has recntly been suffering with back pains which are quite severe. We do'nt know how they started, but have gradually been getting worse. The pain is in his lower back, slightly to the right of the centre of his back. He occasionally gets pins and needles in his left leg, and it hurts more when he... show more My boyfriend has recntly been suffering with back pains which are quite severe. We do'nt know how they started, but have gradually been getting worse. The pain is in his lower back, slightly to the right of the centre of his back. He occasionally gets pins and needles in his left leg, and it hurts more when he bends foward. It became severely painful one day at work after he bent down to pick something up, when he felt his back click. He has been to the G.P, but they have only given him painkillers, which don't work. Can anyone help with what they think it could be? He isn't one to complain, and it takes a lot for him to have time off work, but he's had a few days off with it!
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