Hi everyone, its good to see that I am not alone (unfortunately due to crappy circumstances,i wouldn't wish back pain upon my worst enemy!)
My name is Amy and I am 23 years old. I live in Australia. I hurt my back over a year ago. I was sitting on the floor and go up and felt like i put my back out in doing so. The pain was beyond horrible. I was bed ridden for days. I saw a physio (who was/is fantastic) for about 2 months, once a week. The pain subsided for a few months, but unfortunately its back again . It started again about 7 months ago..i was laying down and started getting back spasms. I went to physio again (and still do once a week/fortnight). She recommended that i get a CT scan, which i did, and it showed a few abnormalties. Scoliosis, some degenerative changes in my spine (thoracic area) and a minor dic bulge.(I think it was L5/6???) The area with the degenerative changes (arthritis) in right on my bra strap. If i touch the bone, it doesn't hurt...but next to the middle of my spine, it feels as though i have a huge knot but my physio said i don't have a knot there, just imflammation. I have tried endless amounts of anti inflammatories but they dont give me relief in that area AT ALL. I can't stand for long, as my whole back starts to ache and it feels tired-the best way for me to describe it is "chronic back fatigue"...physio says i have poor core muscle strength, so she gave me plenty of exercises to do on a med ball (which i do daily). I also try and swim twice a week (i should be going more). She says i should be doing pilates, or joining a gym but it's so hard to do anything physical after work and my back feels so "tired". The past few days i have really overdone it. I've been working long hours. I have been getting a weakness feeling in my legs when i lay down on my back-kind of like pins and needles. Could this be a nerve? Could the disc be prodruding more than what it was? Its NOT sciatica...i get that occassionaly and i know its from the disc (i cant remember the name of the disc but its the one on the bottom of my spine and the most common disc to "slip". ) It's starting to really make a negative impact on my life. I don't go out with my friends near as enough as i used too. I am so lucky to have such a caring and supporting bf. I worry that my back will get worse and he will get over it. I worry about my future-how will i ever have children...i shiver just thinking about how bad my back will be when i become pregnant. I am really starting to stress. My physio says that i should think about having a cortisone injection...does anyone else suffer like this? Does anyone know what i mean when i say my back feels "tired"? I feel like ive been lifting a really heavy backpack on my back for days...if someone lightly rubs it (and i mean LIGHTLY), its like "ohhh wow thats absolute relief" I have booked an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon for this friday. I am scared. Please help.