Hi everyone! I just joined, and have spent about an hour reading in this section. I can't believe what some of you are going through. It is horrible!
I'm wondering if anyone might be able to offer any advice or tell me if you've had any similar situations as what I'm dealing with now. I'm an 18 year old college freshman, I just moved to Chicago from New Jersey for school.
I used to be inactive, overweight, etc., and about a year ago I did a massive life style change, lost about 30 pounds (still going) and starting working out regularly.
During this, I started having some minor back problems. Every few months I would have a week or 2 where it was very uncomfortable, but not necessarily awful pain.
However, about 2 months ago it started up again and has not let up at all - it has only gotten much worse. I'm a musical theatre major, and I had a drop a few of my dance/movement classes because I can't participate in them. I've had to stop all of my working out because of it.
For the past 3 weeks I've been seeing a chiropractor 3 times a week (he is one of the highest rated in Chicago). He took x-rays and discovered that I have a pretty bad pelvic tilt (my right side is about 2 inches higher than the left) but was very confident that through manual adjustments and physical therapy he should be able to correct it and alleviate the pain. For about 3 days it felt really good, and then the pain came back, plus some. Now I just finished up the 4th week with him and because there's no progress he wants me to have an MRI to see if anything else is going on.
It is literally unbearable. I toyed with the idea of pulling out of this semester of school and going home until my back is better, but that is the last thing I want to do, both because I love school and because I don't want to lose all of the money that I'm paying for these credits. On a scale of 1-10 the pain averages around an 7/8, but several times a day shoots up to a 10, at which point it is impossible for me to move and I just have to lay down and wait it out. I'm taking prescription ibuprofen and flexiril from my student health center, but it barely takes the edge off the pain.
It's aggravated by standing, walking and sitting.
the pain is often so bad that it makes me nauseous, sweaty, and obviously brings me to tears. it's constant in the center of my lower back, but often it radiates down through my right thigh (but never down the whole leg), and sometimes it is painful to lift or move either of my legs.
I'm frustrated and at my wits end here. If I have to have an MRI I'm probably going to end up needing to go home because my insurance won't cover it in Chicago, and flying back and forth is impossible (both financially and physically).
I'm sorry this is getting long. Has anyone experienced anything like this before? From what I gather it's kind of unusual because the pain is on both sides of my back and not just one or the other. There was no instance where I remember injuring my back where this could have been caused (my car was rear-ended in May, but aside from some minor whiplash and headaches for a couple weeks afterwords I don't remember having any back pain). I'm losing my mind and I know my parents are too because they don't know what to do for me haha. if anyone has any idea what this could be I would really appreciate it!! Thank you!!