Hi Spine-health! I'm only 19 (almost 20) and a girl fell on me in June of 2007 during a dance performance, and I have been in pain ever since... sorry for the long post, but I really would like some advice...
Here's my timeline:
*June 07 - Initial Injury my lower back was spasming several times an hour and i was in extreme pain, unable to get into docs for another week(had to dance in a 4 day camp/performance and was popping my dad's left over Toradol like M&Ms and not getting much pain relief)
*June 07 - PC doc tells me its probably muscles strains and gives me some muscle relaxers and naproxen (no relief)
*July 07 - Tried Chiro (some relief but pain always came back)
*Aug 07 - MRIs and Bone Scan taken by my 1st orthopedic surgeon he says nothings wrong with me other than some strained muscles (I was barely sitting/standing) and prescribes 3 months PT, no dancing and to continue w/ naproxen. PT says I have SI joint dysfunction and my pelvis constantly slips out of alignment
*Oct. 07 - I had some relief, then I started dancing again and pain got worse than before, I carried a pillow with me to school and many classes I'd have to stand up b/c I couldn't sit a whole hour, went to new orthopedic spine doc and he takes x-rays diagnoses me with spondylolysis at L5 on my right side... he prescribes meloxicam and tells my I can dance to my pain tolerance... (when i dance i don't have a pain limit, i'm really good at ignoring pain, then afterwards i die)
*Nov 07 - still going to PT (got my prescription extended) and still dancing just no running/ wt. lifting/ too much jumping (impact things)
*Dec 07 to May 08 - I continue dancing mostly marking the routines until performance time in order to reduce pain... During this time I fell from a jump directly on my hip and knocked my pelvis so far out of alignment i couldn't walk and it took 3 PTs to adjust me back (of course the day before we left for nationals/internationals) Not dancing wasn't an option as 66 girls were counting on me.... ended place 5th on my solo internationally.
*May 08 - Grade 2 ankle sprain falling from a jump (i blame all my falling on numbness/tingling in my right leg) I couldn't feel my rt. foot when I landed and my whole foot inverted. couldn't use crutches b/c too painful to back so i was in a wheelchair and wore a boot for over 2 months... No dancing and back to PT
*July 08 -start dancing again (re-roll ankle twice)
*Aug 08 - start college as a dance and kinesiology major, at this point i'm still taking meloxicam and tylenol all the time and still in LOTS of pain and ignoring it pretty well
*Oct 08 - my dance professors realize how much pain and tell me to go back to my ortho spine doc. and he says same thing he said the yr. before, get another opinion from 3rd orthopedic spine surgeon who orders a CT to check the spondylolysis diagnosis b/c he says i shouldn't be having sciatica w/ spondylolysis at my pars of L5... CT Results: spondylolysis neg. but finds 3 bulging discs and bone spurring at all Lumbar/Sacral/Iliosacral joints. Doc says if I don't dance for 6 months I will be better, and changes my meds from meloxicam to relafen
*Oct 08 to Dec 08 - dance professors force me to drop almost all of my dance classes causing me to lose my scholarship, I barely finished out my semester as dance major and then transferred for the spring semester to a local community college at home
*Jan 08 to Present - no dancing since last Dec. and I still have pain doing everyday activities. I still can't sit or stand longer than 2 hours or my back throbs. I can't run b/c that causes severe back pain. I'm no longer taking pain meds, but I really would like to start dancing again, but I know the severe pain would return
will i ever get relief...??????