Lower back radiating round

I have been suffering for months (well over a year) with one-sided lower back pain which over a period of time gets worse as it:
- radiates round the top of the pelvis till the whole of the right side aches
- painful to turn over or sit up in bed (but not to lift leg)
- goes from being dull ache most of time to painful all the time

this culminates in a major spasm during which the pain is such I can't lie down, sit or stand but end up hobbling around waiting for the drugs (OTC and over max dose) to kick in... (last time was the night of 24th / 25th Dec - merry christmas all but there was an interesting documentary on glaciation on at 3am!!)

After a week during which the spasm subsides and the pain reduces I enter into the "barely any discomfort" phase of a few weeks, sometimes months before it all builds again

I am a 47 y-o female, overweight (yes I know!) but also completed an ironman just over 6 months ago and would be grateful for any potential ideas as to what the problem could be before I give in and finally see my GP.......(I like to be able to head him off at the pass!)

PS - it is not a sciatic down the leg distribution of pain but having had the odd bout of that the intensity of pain during the spasm is similar or worse

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