*I am new to this site*
I am a 29 year old male. For the past year and a half I have been having excruciating lower back pain. Whenever I were to go shopping like at Walmart about 20 minutes into the shopping experience I start getting pain in my lower right buttocks area which spreads to my lower back. I dealt with this until 1 1/2 months ago. I went to my nurse practitioner with the symptoms and explained in detail where the pain started, where it ended, and the time elapsed. She ordered an MRI. I have Spinal Stenosis (She said I was born with), L1- L5 budging discs and arthritis.
The reason I went to her was because I could not longer stand the pain and often had to find the nearest shoe section or bench and sit. I would kneel forward on the floor stretching against the baskart. I would often get ugly with my g/f since the pain would not end and I wanted to get out of the store soon as possible.
She prescribed me Robaxin. Told me to take 2 when I got home to see how my body reacted to it. I took 2 and was working on a computer for a customer and when replacing a hard drive with computer on the table, the pain persisted. I gave it a while and tried to take it again on several occasions. It causes me Insomnia. I would take 2 tablets around 11 pm and could not fall asleep until 4 6 am. I would feel shaky and frustrated to the point of crying in self pity.
When it did not work I went back and she prescribed me flexeril. This gave me some horrific nightmares and left me grinding my teeth at night. Only half of the pill would knock me out.
I called her office and she called me in Naproxen. This too did not help. The past 4 weeks I find myself waking up after only 4 hours of sleep with my hips hurting. They ache. I get up and walk around the apartment stretching and putting pillow between my legs. The Naproxen isn't even touching it.
It is now getting to the point that I have constant aches in my mid-upper back even as I sit and type this. I just finished my Associates in Computer Information Technology and have a couple job offers. I recently did a job shadow with an IT lead through a local hospital. After 1 hour of on my feet I was sweating, dizzy, irritable and aching.
I recently called my Nurse Practitioner and they want me to come in to get re-evaluated again. I am unemployed until next week and will be on an IT contract for 3-6 months before I can get health insurance yet I am on medicaid with a $828 spend-down. With only getting $1500 a month and having rent, bills, food, medications from psychiatrist that are not cheap and student loans, I cannot afford to keep paying her office money like this. The MRI was taken when my spend-down was $0 due to the lack of Unemployment over the summer while Congress was debating on it. I cannot walk or exercise due to pain. I have been talking with my parents and my g/f about going to pain management tomorrow. I had a tear in my knee and was on hydro-codone and it helped the pain. As does this drug with dental work. I have anxiety disorder which does not help and I am afraid to go spend the $120 in desperation that a doctor there will prescribe me pain meds until I can get insurance. There will be a lot of walking in my IT job. Does anyone have any info about pain management. I eventually would like to get better options, but for now that would be all I could afford. I am desperate and feel bad and guilty for this since so many people out there get "red-flagged" and I do not want to be perceived as this person.