Since 2006 I have suffered from lower back pain and since last year it has gotten worse. I am only 29-years-old!
I have seen a few different doctors and had a few different tests done. My last doctor, a physiatrist, basically just wrote me prescriptions for all kinds of meds. He then pulled me off of them saying he didn't think all those meds were a good idea. WHICH - I told him from my first appt I do not want to live a life on meds, especially pain meds.
Sadly, I have a sensitivity to NSAIDS and it is sad because I feel they could "help" me. I've even had lidoderm and flector patches (had to discontinue flector patches due to them being NSAID and causing issues - and yes my doctor knew about my NSAID sensitivity and he even told me the flector patches wouldn't be an issue).
The physiatrist diagnosed me with chronic sacroiliitis. I don't understand why the sacroiliac joint injections did not work. I have had trigger point injections also. My back constantly stays inflammed regardless of these treatments.
Another thing noticed is random bruising at the site of pain.
MRI was done in 2008 and was normal. EMG last year and was normal.
I just do NOT get this when I know I am in pain and everything test comes back NORMAL. Everything is NOT normal.
I also have done physical therapy for six weeks.
So, now the physiatrist has passed me to a different doctor, a pain management specialist (to perhaps do an epidural block). I haven't gone because I am personally sick of doctors. I am sick of the way I am treated and sick of the medications. Sick of the stigmas that go along with the medications. Sick of missing work to go to doctor appointments that never pan out.
It's hard to even function and I am not sure how much doctors expect one person to take. My physiatrist told me, "you know they don't even have pain medications in China". I have been in pain for four years and it's getting worse. I have a feeling by the time they figure this out I will be immobile.
I have a five-year-old son who wants me to run with him at the park or chase him. I can't. I have a house to clean and a job to work and it's hard to make it through my day. I have a husband who wants to make love and I dread it due to the pain in my back. I MISS SEX! sorry... had to say it.
I am sure everyone on here just wants to find a cure or a treatment. A treatment that works.
My dad is almost 50 and his back pain has gotten to the point to where he can't play golf anymore. He LOVES golf, its like compared to eating to him. I do NOT want to be like this.
So, any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thank you kindly!