So glad to have found this website and all of you!
I have a long history of lower back problems, which started 30 years in my early 20's with a herniated disc (L5/S1), laminectomy, and subsequent arthritic changes in the lower spine. It's been pretty normal for me to have flare-ups at least 2 or 3 times per year - the kind that can usually be taken care of with a few days bedrest and massive doses of anti-inflammatories. One learns to live with it.
Three weeks ago, however, I started with an immobilizing pain in the middle of my back. Have been to my primary doctor, who ordered x-rays, and gave my steroids, muscle relaxants and mobic. Took them for 2 weeks with bedrest - no relief at all. The primary dr sent me to physical therapy. I'm also seeing a chiropractor since the pain started - no relief at all. Chiropractor ordered an MRI which I had done yesterday so I dont know the result of that yet. I guess my next step, depending on results of the MRI, may be a spine specialist?
I'm hoping the MRI shows something, because this pain is
acute - stabbing, burning, and it's scary not to know what it is. It's also confusing, because it sometimes goes away for an hour or so, after resting, but as soon as I get up and try to do anything it starts again. I hve not been able to go to work for 2 weeks, and I'm starting to think this is not going away anytime soon.
From what I've read here, many have experienced a never ending maze of doctors, tests, etc., and it takes forever to even get a diagnosis, let alone some type of relief. Does anyone has any suggestions on how to go about getting some answers?
Thank you all for being there, and I wish you all a pain-free evening.