If there is anyone out there with similar issues, I would love some advice. For 3 and a 1/2 years I have been in agony. I have lower back pain the burns/hurts all the way down my right leg (front and back) and to my foot. I also have right shoulder pain radiating down my arm. I cannot sit or lay down. I can walk, but cannot over do it. I cannot stand in one place without moving. I have done the following:
I have seen tons of doctors, specialists, Neurologist,Rheumatologist, Vascular, Chiropractors, Acupuncturist, Physical Therapists, Pain Management, Neurosurgeon, the list goes on... NONE have helped me.
I have had about 6 MRI, 2 CatScans, E-Rays, I have had 4 spinal injections, and 3 si injections. I also had a discectomy L4/L5 done in 2011.
I did not have an accident, or at least I don't remember doing anything to hurt myself, I woke up one morning and the pain was there...
The first thing the docs noticed was my very tender si joints. So the very 1st procedure I had was injections there. But this did not stop the pain, so from there they began to look at my spine. My L4/L5 had a bulge, so they figured this was leaning on the nerve, after all treatments failed I tried the surgery (biggest mistake of my life) My one night stay in the hospital turned into, 5 days. I had muscle spasms so bad.. and the leg pain only left me for about a week (but now that I think back, it was probably just masked by all the pain meds they fed me) The so called 2 month recovery turned into about 8 months of hell.
Anti-Inflammatory's do nothing for me. I have tried Neuroten, and Lyrica, both gave me NASTY side effects and did nothing for my pain.
I still have tenderness in my si joint area, but the pain extends up my whole right side, on the side of spine above an below my surgery incision, and around to my hip, and down to the base of my spine, and of course down my entire right leg. On occasion about once or twice a month, the pain will flip to my left side for anywhere from 2 to 6 hours but returning back tot the right. And the shoulder pain seems to increase when the leg pain does??
I had one PT that told me she could not believe how easily my right si joint would pop in and out.. this keeps standing out in my head. Could this all be from an unstable, out of place si joint????
I am now being sent to a big University hospital in the city since I cannot get any answers locally. I don't want to go though with another failed surgery.
Any advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated...