My fiance currently has had problems with her lower back for 2 years. We have been in and out of doctor's offices, multiple MRI's and lots of different "treatments" to help rid her of the pain she has.
currently she has 2, confirmed, bulging disks (L4 and L5) in her back however they are not bad that the doctors are willing to do anything surgical to fix, mainly considering she is 20. We have been for 3 sets of trigger point injections and each seems to last only a month before the pain comes back and so we have had 3 sets within 4 months of the first and last. On our last visit we had an epidural and after 2 days of pain from the procedure she had no noticeable difference in her back and the pain actually returned to normal levels before the trigger points. She has been prescribed 2 different pain pills over the last 2 years, Zanaflex (which makes her sleep for about 6 hours) and Skelaxen (which makes it tolerable). Also noted on our last few visits, it appears the muscle in that area is wrapping rather tightly around her spine and is actually straightening out the natural curve and may, or may not be contributing to the pain.
That is the story as I know and we are running out of questions to ask as the doctors are just hopping from one pain killer to the next trying to help her cope and have not really seemed to interesting in finding a way to correct the cause of the pain.
We are scheduled for a follow-up on the 8th and are not really sure what to do as we don't want the doctors just throwing meds at us, so any suggestions we can bring to the doctors would be wonderful. Thanks!