I turned 21 two months ago. At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with a bulging disc in my low back. Was sent to rehab -- got better.
This last summer I was water skiing (as I have every summer) and reinjured it. I couldn't walk the rest of the wknd or go up stairs the next few wks. I went to see a new doc, one that is very well respected in my area.
An Mri was taken and he diagnosed me with the same bulging disc, but also DDD. Off to rehab once again but no positive progression in any way. Next step was a steroid/cortisone injection. The pain mgmt doc suggested it was my facet joint [I can't bend backwards/sideways], so he injected there. It felt incredible.... for TWO WEEKS! Then wore off.
Next follow up -- the doc says it is my hip and it is subluxated? My right SI Joint has inflamed significantly in the past two months. So off to another injection. This took place two and a half weeks ago. Soreness for this shot in the hip was twice as worse. And he pain persisted.
Last Friday, as I was doing my exercises/stretches like the good little back patient I am, I went too far. I got a sudden sharp pain all throughout my back and upper right leg. I am also getting shooting pains sporadically throughout the day in my glutes, and the pain has radiated from my right SI Joint all the way across. I can't sit in class without fidgeting every 3 min[literally], it hurts to stretch, to wash my face/brush my teeth, it's hard to fall asleep [it's 2:30 in the morning right now]... and I could go on with this list.
But I can't take it. I moved my follow up to this Thurs. If they tell me one more new thing is wrong, I will collapse. I've already been diagnosed with depression since the summertime... it's all getting so hard to deal with, especially while having to work, pay bills and go to school.