Hi. I'm a 47 year old woman with chronic pain at the left side of my waist. I know I have a spina bifida occulta and unilateral pars defect at T12, both on the left.
The Dr.s I've asked about this over the years have kind of pooh-poohed this as much of a cause of my pain. But, finding nothing else, I'm on muscle relaxers and get lots of massage.
My massage therapist was becoming alarmed at how much pressure I was wanting on the left side of my abodomen and asked me to follow up with my primary care doctor. So, now we know from testing it's nothing in the colon and nothing gynocological.
Now I'm doing my own research showing that the SBO could affect everything from my hammer toes to constipation. I'm ticked that doctor's seem to view you as a body part rather than a whole to be able to put the puzzle pieces together.
I'm about to go back to my Spine Care Doctor. It's been years since my MRI that showed these defects. Should I request another? Please give any advice you have that might help me get an accurate diagnosis. Also, if there is another elusive person out there with left side waist pain, I'd like to virtually shake your hand. I feel like a freak and everyone looks at me like I'm nuts.
Thank you. Renee