Im a 30 year old male from philadelphia. On February 20th of this year I moved my room around and that night I was in pain. I went about a week before I went to the ER not because of the pain so much but because my left foot felt like someone was injecting my veins with ice water . They diagnosed me with lumbar sprain. At the follow up with my primary they told me to get an X-ray and MRI. The X-ray got done that day. While waiting for the results I was sent to an orthopedic who got the results of the X-ray which showed degenerative disk disease and bone spurs. He then referred me too a pain management doctor who prescribed some pain meds, neurontin and flexeril which have taken away the foot problems but the back pain seems to get worse everyday.
After four doctors trying to get the MRI my insurance still wouldn't pay for it. I was at my wits end because I knew that the MRI would show more. Finally after getting the results the MRI showed more arthritis bulging disk, herniated disk and some kind of nodes. I was on methadone for eight years (for addiction) and I'm staring to think that was masking the pain because the pain became unbearable my last days of completing the clinic. That's another thing, when I initially went to my doctor they never wanted to give me anything like narcotics yet the one time I don't want anything they offer it. I turned it down which made me very proud of myself. Anyway I'm at physical therapy twice a week which I think is making it worse. I know it will hopefully help me in the long run but as of now its killing me. While there my therapist had to call in a spine specialist which had me freaked out because they just kept touching this one painful part and not really taking to me about it. After a couple of minutes he told me that he noticed a small lump on my lower left back which I felt many times and said it could be a deposit of some kind so he emailed me doctor and my doctor said its a massive muscle spasm. I go for shots in my back Tuesday and I'm really nervous about it and hope everything goes well. Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks