Does this even exist? What would you do? I know there are so many people way worse off on here. Some of you are very experienced with pain mgmt, I'm just so confused on what to do...
I've had lumbar pain for 8 years now. When it began I did not have insurance and dealt with it. It was manageable with exercise, stretch, etc.
Fast forward to 2008, I developed a cervical bulge which I could not ignore. Sleep issues, spasms, etc. The cervical issue further exacerbated the lumbar issue until I had a MRI done last year. The MRI revealed a bulge, but the doctor thought my problems were muscular. I didn't believe him and never went back. I was dead-set in believing that the pain was caused by a bulge shown at L5/SI. The treatment for the c-spine issue was helping the lumbar, so not an issue, right?
Now I feel I've got a real handle on the cervical issue and the lumbar region is killing.
Today I finally went to another pain and spine doctor. My sleep is being interrupted and nothing I'm doing is relieving.
He looks at my films and says the exact same thing. He also said that the condition is very difficult to treat because they're not sure of the underlying problem. He obviously knows I'm not making it up, every muscle in my low back is tense and knotted... But he did not really give me a clear plan of treatment either. I liked him as a person, not that impressed with his plan.
I'm not entirely convinced that I'm having some muscle issue. I'm in pain 24/7 from the lumbar region. It's horrible, I can only imagine what some of you are going through. The sleep loss is getting out of control and I do not know what to do. I want my life back, or at least whatever I can get back to with this condition. Lying around all of the time in pain is not living.
In my mind there must be an underlying condition. A damaged nerve, something? Should I get another opinion? I'm not going to take 'suffer' as an option, and I feel like that's what I'm in for. When this first began I had a bad habit of carrying entirely too heavy of a backpack hiking multi-mile trips.
Sorry for the rant, I just don't know what to do at this point. See someone else? Stick with this guy a while? I'm really getting the feeling that pain is the most difficult thing to be treated for. They cannot see what a person goes through, etc. I live a fairly normal life outside of this. I'm getting at my wits end with the back pain...
First month treatment plan -
Ordered Chiropractic to stretch me / massage
Cymbalta 60mg once daily. (this stuff scares the crap outta me)
Thanks guys/gals for any info
My symptoms are -
Chronic low back pain - burning, dull, aches
Rare numbness in left foot
Rear thigh pain when walking
Anytime I lay for 6+ hours I'm stiff as a board when I wake. I can't even get to a 90 degree angle stretch without 30 minutes of movement.
If the wrong weather system moves in, I'm hurting. Carrying mud or heavy shoes flares the pain.