This is going to be a rant. I'm sorry, I'm just so frustrated. I didn't know whether to post this here or on the lower back forum. I have remarkably little lower back pain but the muscles in my lower back are tense and feel a little burny. The big problem has been extreme pain when I try to stand up straight or when I walk. The pain is in my right hip and leg, and it is extraordinary. I cannot walk far before I absolutely must sit down. At it's worst, it was the worst pain I have ever known, worse than giving birth.
I went to one doc, who prescribed flexaril and ibuprofen. She ordered an x-ray (lumbar), which showed "normal" disk degeneration (I'm 52). The pain became very fierce, so I called and left a message for the doc that the pain was much, much worse. She never returned my call. The next day, I called the clinic and told them that I was going to go to ER if they couldn't do something about the pain. I saw another doc there (who is a resident, not a seasoned doc). He was more concerned about pain pills being abused (I had not been prescribed any) than treating me (NO reason whatsoever for that). He diagnosed piriformis syndrome and wanted me to go to PT. I thought it was a BS diagnosis and wrote a letter to my regular physician at the same clinic, who fully agreed with the diagnosis of piriformis syndrome.
I asked to be referred to a specialist. Request denied. three times I asked if it wouldn't be a good idea to get an MRI to make sure it wasn't a disk. All three times I was told that all soft tissue damage is the same and they treat it only with PT. A herniated disk is exactly the same as spasming muscle? What is physical therapy going to do for me when I absolutely can NOT stand up straight?
For three weeks, I have been basically crippled. I cannot walk for any distance without igniting terrific pain. I can't reach up for things. I can't carry anything. I cannot stand up straight. Now I have a knee giving me problems because what little walking I do, I do slouched way forward. The idiots at that clinic continue to insist that I have piriformis syndrome (which does not involve the spine at all, and my spine is CLEARLY involved with this).
I finally decided to risk paying out of pocket, and made an appointment with Orthopedic specialist myself. I hope that I at least start getting better now. I'm so tired of just sitting, sitting, sitting all day long. I'm so bored that I want to cry and so afraid of reigniting the pain!
OK. That's the end of my rant. Thanks for listening.