I ruptured L4/L5 in 2007 and a year later had it fused. Recovery was lengthy, as to be expected. After I healed, I was essentially pain free for 3 years. Then, out of the blue I had sudden back pain again which led me to the ER and then back to my NS. After a CT myelogram, he stated that my fusion looked "awesome" (his words), so that was not the problem. He said his best guess was it was facet pain above and below the fusion. There was a buldging disc at L2/L3 but he insisted that is not part of the problem.
He referred me to pain doc for diagnostic injections. Did those and results were not overwhelmingly conclusive. Did RF and that was a nightmare. Hurt worse. Pain meds, PT, accupuncture, and a whole lot of time (a year?) and I wound up pain free again. That lasted for almost a year and then I make a horrible mistake and bent over incorrectly to pick up some laundry 6 weeks ago and I am in total agony all over. Had a MRI done this week and pain doc said nothing has changed from my last scan. Says he has no idea why I'm in so much pain. Told me to go back to NS and see what he has to say. I have a sick feeling that the NS is going to say the same thing.
Has anyone else had a doctor (or doctors) basically throw their hands up and say they have no idea why you're in so much pain? How do you keep news like that from making you feel hopeless? And where do I go from here?
Thank you for any advice you can offer.