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I am new to the forum, it looks like a great way to get support. Here is my story:
I am 27 years old. About a year and a half ago I slipped on the ice and fell on my lower back. I did not think much of it at the time. I was a runner and went for a 2 mile run about 2 weeks after falling (I was sore, but the pain was not that bad and I experienced almost no pain when running). There did not seem to be any problems until the next morning. After three weeks the pain went away and when I went in for an evaluation, my doctor told me that I looked healthy and it would be OK if I tried running again. I only ran about a mile with no problem, but again I woke up the next morning and was in extreme pain. The pain never went away. I was in relatively good health prior to the fall (running five miles a day). I have had several tests done (MRI's, X-rays, EMG) and none of them show anything. I have done PT, chiropractor, and gotten an SI joint injection and an epidural steroid injection and nothing helped. I went in for a trigger point injection and that took the pain away by 30%, but I am still in chronic pain. I have trouble sitting for long periods, standing, walking, and running. The doctors cannot seem to identify what the problem is. They say that I am in perfect health according to the imaging. Given my pain level, right now they are thinking it may be soft-tissue damage. I had a second trigger point injection and it did not decrease the pain. I am going in for a third in a different spot and then starting PT up again. I am hoping to get everyone's thoughts on soft-tissue injuries. How common are they? Is it true that every soft tissue injury should heal within 4-6 weeks? Is it common for an individual in severe pain to present a "normal" MRI?


  • My husband used to run a lot, charity runs & marathons etc. He now suffers from Piriformis Muscle pain. It presents very similar to sciatica. He manages it well with exercise & stretches he learnt in physical therapy but it doesn't 'heal' in weeks. I'm only sharing this because not all pain that seems like spine damage is. There are also members here who suffer with chronic pain although basic diagnostic tests don't reveal any obvious pain generators. A friend of mine had a fracture that didn't show.

    I know it can be incredibly frustrating but not all pain is easy for specialists to diagnose. Some are diagnosis of exclusion & injections can tell your doctors a lot even when they don't reduce your pain. I'm sorry you're still suffering. I hope they find the cause soon.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • PinkellaPPinkella Posts: 211
    edited 05/13/2014 - 12:50 PM
    Its not always easy for a specialist to find your pain generator. As there are muscles, tendons, ligaments, facet joints, facet capsules, vertebrae, Discs and the spine itself. Even if an MRI showed up osteoarthritis in your spinal joints, this doesn't mean its definitely the pain generator .As some people can have no pain with bulged discs or arthritis.
    Muscles take longer than weeks to heal ,so give yourself time to recover.
    MRI can often show no abnormalities, but this doesn't mean your pain doesn't exsist. Many people have chronic back pain with no diagnosis as to why their in pain.
    Physio isn't a quick fix,(I work in the profession) it can take many months of commitment from yourself and if it is your muscles that are damaged this could prove to be a good treatment to continue with .Best to be guided by your doctor though.

    Facet joint Arthritis L3,L4,L5,DDD.
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