My name is Lindsey and I am 24 years old. I am a marketing student, and will be graduating in a year or so.
My pain all started in January of this year. It felt like someone was sitting on my lumbar spine, resulting in pain. I let it go for a few weeks, thinking I had slept on it funny. In February, the pain was not getting better so I decided to see a chiropractor. He said my SI joint was stuck in a funny position and my right leg was shorter because of this (a common problem he told me) and after a few adjustments I should be back to normal. I saw him until early April when I went to a "PRN status." I was fine for about 3 weeks and then the pain was back, worse than before.
Started to see him again mid April to mid May, about a month. Went back to a PRN status. That lasted the same amount of time before, about 3 weeks. I have been seeing him regularly since early June. He suggested I see my primary doctor, so I made an appointment. The purpose of the appointment was to get an order for PT.
Saw my doctor, got the order, and waited for PT to start. I had to go back to my doctor because the pain had gotten so bad, it was waking me up at night. She put me on a low dose of flexeril and said if PT didn't start helping soon, to see her in 2 weeks. She also ordered X-Rays of my SI joint and lumbar spine. I was told that there is "degenerative narrowing" in my lumbar spine along with mild stenosis. I was told that the next step will be an MRI and a referral to pain management.
It was almost a month since I've seen her, and the pain is once again getting worse. The pain is located in my right hip area. I have frequent muscle spasms in the area. The pain radiates down my right leg and I have started to have tingling sensations in my right foot. It has mostly stayed in back, but has since moved to the front of my hip.
I don't know what to do anymore. No one has found what's wrong with my back, and I've resolved to thinking it's all in my head. I have been a bit down the last few months because of this. I have to plan my day around my pain. I have to avoid certain activities because I know they will hurt. I have been taking 800MG of ibuprofen 2-3 times a day and may have to stop taking it because it has caused extreme stomach upset.
Should I do the MRI and pain management? I am nervous that pain management will focus on covering up the pain with drugs and not getting to the bottom of the pain.
I really needed to vent, it felt good to get that all out. Thanks, and I look forward to meeting all of you!