Good day everyone!
I am a chronic low back pain sufferer, "suffer" is an understatement. The pain started four years ago, eight months after my son was born.
The pain: Constant, sometimes feels like a zapping with a shooting pain. It's right at the base of my spine L3-L5. It gets worse at times, but never better.
Pain scale: 1-10 (10 being worst) it's generally a 5-6, however lately it's been worse. So, for the last two weeks 7-8. Sometimes I don't even want to move it can be so bad.
Methods tried: Ice, heat, advil, tylenol, vicodin, percocet, celexa, lyrica (which is a BAD, BAD drug - it gave me the MOST awful headaches), celebrex, exercises, posture, cortizone shots and I always lift with my legs!
Tests: MRI w/o contrast (normal), Xray (normal), I do have an upcoming EMG (fingers crossed)
Diagnosis: Unknown - no one has figured it out yet. I am currently under the care of a physiatrist and so far I feel confident in his ability.
Thoughts: Anyone with chronic pain knows how debilitating it can be and not just physically, but emotionally and mentally too. I am sick of the stigmas that chronic pain sufferers in regard to finding treatment. We're NOT drug seekers, we're in pain... we need help. Aren't doctors supposed to help?!
I am at my wits end. I know there are people out there who have suffered decades and I don't indeed to do that with my life (if at all possible). I just hope the fight never dies in me because I know that pain means there is something wrong!
I have a son that I want to play at the park with! I want to go hiking! I want to go jogging!
So... four years is enough!
If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!