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Constant pain. Can't find solution

branderbbrander Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello all. I have been having constant back problems for 2 years and can't figure out a solution. I am told I have chiari malformation type 1 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chiari-malformation/ds00839 but it is no way connected to my constant lower back spasms. I have a sharp lower back spasm when I bend, twist, run, and sit or stand to long. I also have a constant dull pain in my mid back. I have seen 5+ doctors in the last year and spent 5,000 on a decompression machine and still no help. I am told I have no herniated disks or anything abnormal on my mri's and xrays. I have seen a top chiari malformation type 1 (cm1) specialists and 4 different orthopedic doctors and have gotten no help. If it makes a difference i am 18 years old and played football and basketball in high school and started feeling this pain during football season. I am also 6'5 280 pounds. I could really use some insight or advice because I really don't know where to turn. I have been diagnosed with chronic back pain and given vicoden. Also I feel like my muscles are weak like not moving the last 6 months has made my back weak and unable to support me. I try to strengthen them but find it very difficult because of the spasms and constant pain. I am looking for any helpful comments, and thank you in advance


  • Brander have you seen a neurologist? They would be the best to trace out your pain and relate it to your spine or muscles. Also have you tried muscle relaxers, trigger point injections or PT?

    Sometimes when doctors see one diagnosis, chiari, they shut down and don't look further.

    Any more info you can share would help someone identify with what you are feeling. My personal opinion is 18 is too young to be on narcotics for pain without a specific diagnosis.
  • Thank you for your insight Kris.
    And yes I have seen a neurologist I have no nerve damage no shooting down my legs or anything. And I agree with your comment about narcotics. I took them for a little wile but now I only use them on the bad days. Yes I have used muscle relaxers I have been prescribed to somas, flexeril, ibuprofin, lodine, vicodin, and norcos. the muscle relaxers didnt really mask any pain. I have not had any trigger point injections and I'm assuming PT stands for Physical Therapy? I did Therapy for about 5 months with no improvements. any other questions just let me know
  • My only other thought is a new doctor. Also consider the thoracic spine which can cause mid-back pain. Football hits could cause an injury in this area.

    Muscles can take months or years to heal. And being so young and active you probably undo what the PT is doing everyday. Maybe a sports PT office. They will work with you in a different way.
  • thanks for the advice. Starting this week im going to start a water aerobics program. and my PT was a sports PT program I worked with doctors at my local university
  • That's great to hear you're starting a water program. Is it going to be in a heated pool? I recently started an aqua program with my PT at a special children's rehab pool but there are adults there also. Anyways it was great having a PT show me the right moves and especially in a pool 98F and the whirlpool afterwards is awesome at 100F.

    My sister-in-law was born with mild spinal bifida and she has Chari's and she's 49 and still able to walk and volunteer at the school where her daughter is. I hope the pool can help ease the muscle strain and build up your core muscles. I loved the water I felt no pain except a few weeks ago I overdid it without wearing my belt float. Anyways just wanted to welcome you here and best wishes for your aqua program. I hope you enjoy it! Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Muscles do weird things when we are in pain. Have you tried or considered Yoga?? I have found that it could help relax and work stretch muscles like no other treatment I tried. It was also very relaxing. I hope you are able to get things figured out.

    Take care!!
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