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?