I am new here and I am seeking some thoughts on what my next step should be.
Here is my history:
I am 35 year old female.
I had a pinched nerve and severe sciatic symptoms at age 23, went to chiropractor, got better in about a 6-9 month span. Severe numbness in my right leg.
Not too many symptoms from age 24-29. I then pulled my hamstring playing softball and used crutches about a week. Took flexeril and advil. I didn't do any PT or other treatments, I think I never healed completely from this injury. To compensate, I think my gait and hip alignment changed.
I had some severe muscle pain in my pelvic area and it was causing muscle spasms in my bladder. They first said I had a bladder problem but a gynecologist/urologist discovered the muscle pain/weakness in my core muscles. I went to PT for this and the muscle spasms stopped after session 2 and then I continued to try and get stronger. PT focused on my core and SI joint weakness.
I became pregnant with my daughter at age 31, had HORRIBLE muscle and ligament pain and continued PT throughout my pregnancy, I also started seeing an Osteopath for OMT (osteo-manip-therapy) she did gentle adjustments to my back and SI joints. Helped but pain was at a high level during my pregnancy, took tylenol with codeine PRN for pain. Numbness is right leg and sciatic pain for 9 months.
After pregnancy, the pain was MUCH better and I pretty much didn't have too much pain for a few years after my daughter was born. If anything, my back and hip pain would "flare" up from time to time. Mainly, pain seemed to come from very tight trigger points in my IT bands, hips and back. Numbness in right leg most of the time.
This fall I decided I needed to get more answers and sought out a "spine specialist" she did a MRI and CAT scan, nothing abnormal shown. Blood tests normal. Recommended PT and water therapy. I have also been doing OMT ongoing. The pain since beginning PT has been intense! I have to take a muscle relaxer and pain medication (tramadol, hydrocodone) every time I increase the exercise. If I do my stretches daily, it helps. If I don't do them, I'm soon in aching pain. I also have delayed onset of muscle pain, its almost always TWO days after the activity that the pain is the worst. I know this is typical because I asked the PT about it but its still very hard to handle.
I also am about 60 lbs overweight. I know taking weight off will help my muscle pain but every time I exercise, the pain is so bad it knocks me down for a few days. I am trying to cut back my activity level and not overdo exercise, but if often feels like ANY exercise becomes too much.
The "spine specialist" basically told me that I have "possible fibromyalgia" because I think she can't seem to figure it out. I have NO other symptoms of it, I sleep well, I am not depressed, my anxiety is only high when I feel as if the pain level is intolerable. I have sore trigger points in my muscles but not necessarily in the places that "test" for fibro.
Sometimes dr's will ask, what helps?
Muscle relaxers help greatly. The day after I take one, my pain is much less. Heat helps.
I don't know what else this could be.....I feel like its been so long standing that there must be something going on other than just muscle weakness and core instability. Does that mean that if I strengthen my muscles, lose weight, get massages, do OMT, PT then it will "get better".
I have a very active life and a family, I cannot have a "chronic pain syndrome"
that can't be explained.