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Excruciating Intermittent Back Pain... Input Please!!

AnnShhAAnnShh Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Lower Back Pain
I'll try to keep this as short as possible.

-19 y/o female in decent shape, in ROTC.
-No trauma to my back unless you count several horse falls over the past 6 years.

-Fine one minute and in excruciating pain the next. Comes on if I twist or bend in some way but doesn't happen consistantly.
-Pain so bad that I can't sit or stand up, but over the past year it would usually go away with resting for a little while (<30 mins). Did not occur frequently enough for me to be concerned.

-In the past 1.5 weeks, this has happened several times. Most of them it has been so bad that I can't sit or stand up and after lying down for over an hour it doesn't go away. Those resulted in urgent care visits where the Dr put me on a heavy treatment plan of pain meds (Hydrocodone 10/500, Prednisone, and Cyclobenzaprine) and then took me off of them and put me on Naproxen as needed.

-Inbetween these "episodes" I am left with a dull pain. Occasionally my back feels bruised, but there is no visible bruising. Some days there is no pain at all and I feel fine.

-I have had no numbness, tingling, etc.
-X-rays have been clear, urine test to check kidney function was clear. I go for an MRI on Friday morning.

I am desperately trying to figure this out... my DR. doesn't want me to PT (physical training) right now so I am missing quite a bit of that and so far haven't been able to give my ROTC cadre a reason why other than what was explained above.

Any ideas? Please?


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