So, here's my run at introducing myself. Please, bear with me!
I started having severe lower back pain at about 11 weeks into my preganancy (around September 2010). My OB referred me to physical therapy, which was extremely cost prohibitive and showed little results. Back pain eased up a little bit toward the middle of my 2nd trimester. Right at 28 weeks, I had extremely severe lower back pain hit me like a ton of bricks - as well as severe pubic bone pain. With my OB and fetal-maternal specialist, the decision was made to administer percocet and perform an amnio at 36 weeks to assess my sons lung maturity for early delivery. Amnio at 36 weeks was positive for fetal lung maturity and my son was delivered at 36w2d - completely healthy - via c-secion due to his last minute flip to transverse position.
During the recovery from my c-section, I experienced less severe pain, BUT, I never had a "pain-free day". I personally believe that the percocet following the c-section masked the pain. Upon my return to work (May 2011), I began to have worsening lower back pain. My family physician examined me, and at that time the pain seemed to be muscular, so I underwent trigger point injections into the muscles with Kenalog and Lidocaine - I experienced my first pain-free day in almost a year at this point. The pain returned the next day, and gradually worsened until it reached the same severity as before the injections. I had been taking 500 mg naproxen every 8 hours and 750 mg Robaxin every 6 hours. Upon discussion with my Dr, my depression medication was changed from Effexor to Cymbalta - I figured what the heck, what will it hurt? Cymbalta, so far (been on approximately 6 months) has not helped significantly with the low back pain.
Recent discussion with my family physician led to the addition of Lyrica, a change of muscle relaxers (from robaxin to baclofen) and an X-ray series. X-ray impression was normal, so my Dr ordered an MRI. I have included the MRI findings in my signature (the L4/5 extrusion measured in at 1.2 cm), and am currently waiting for my May 3 appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss treatment options.
Cymbalta - 60 mg every night
Lyrica - 75 mg twice daily
Baclofen - 20 mg q8h PRN
OTC Naproxen sodium - 440 mg q6h PRN
I am petrified of the possibility of surgery, as I have heard more horror stories than success stories. The constant pain level has taken a great toll on my emotions, my marriage, and my ability to enjoy my son's infancy and childhood. It tore my soul to pieces to not be able to enjoy his first birthday party because I could barely move from my back pain. I guess more than anything, I am just looking for a place to vent and get support from people who are actually experiencing the same thing. You can describe what you are feeling until you are blue in the face - but no one understands until they are there.
Thank you in advance, everyone, for welcoming me into your community! I hope that as I get further down this road that I will be able to help others that also feel they are at their breaking point.