Here's my story and I will try to make it short but I think that it may be impossible to do that. I am 44 years old and have had a spinal fusion due to scoliosis at the age of 13. I have had no problems until the past year. I now have severe, dibilitating, low back pain almost every day that will last anywhere from 8 to 14 hours. The pain is in my low back and right next to my spine usually on the left side but sometimes on the right side. It feels like the pain is deep inside, not on the surface. I have pulled muscles in my back before, and it certainly does not feel like it's muscle pain. The attack of the severe pain will come on day and/or night. In fact, while I was sleeping last night about 1:30 a.m. I was awoken by it. The pain is so bad I am hyperventaling, crying, throwing up, and lying down make it worse. Please don't suggest that it's the mattress as this happens when on vacation or visiting family, etc.
I have seen an orthopedist that gave me a complete set of x-rays and says he sees nothing, and he says my spinal fusion looks great. I have seen a neurologist and he had me get MRI with and without contrast, Bone Scan, Moving X-Rays (that's where your bending all the way donw and all the way backward for the X-Ray). They all come back normal. I have been through Pain Management and given injections that did not help at all. I tried the following drugs from muscle relaxers, Fentora, Oxycodone, Dilaudid, and Lyrica just to name a few. None of them even remotely begin to take the pain away. My last ER visit they gave me 2 shots with the second one in the vain of dilauded and it did not even take the pain away...just made me tired. They wanted to give me another one, but I couldn't stand to be there any longer, it was going on about 10 hours in the ER. I spoke with a cousin of mine that is a nurse for 18 years. She mentioned the drug Neurontin. I called my Neurologist and he prescribed it to me, I just started taking that last night. He also referred me to Chiropractor and another Orthopedist. I can't have my back cracked due to the spinal fusion, but he said they can do other things. I need help! I want my life back!