My name is Malana and I have been having lower back, upper back, and neck pain for about 6+ years, I am 18 now. And when I say back pain, I don't mean the muscles, it's pain more so radiating from my spine. I don't remember when it all started or how it started exactly, but I was not injured to cause my pain. A few years after dealing with the pain, I was bucked off of a horse during 4-H county fair and broke my tailbone. It healed nicely and it actually cured the pain I was experiencing when sitting (I used to have very bad tailbone pain and get numb and tingly if I sat too long, car rides were terrible and so was sitting in class), but ever since being bucked off that horse, I've not had any more tailbone pain, though it may have caused me more pain elsewhere in my back.
The pain isn't sharp or stabbing. It's a consistant ache that won't go away and makes it very difficult to sit, stand, sleep, and do normal activities because it is always hurting. When I sit such as a car ride, I will get numb and tingly in my upper back from the pain. Sometimes, the pain in my lower back will radiate through my hips and it's like I'm feeling pain litterally where my legs connect to my hips and pain radiating through the bone in the back of my thighs. It's hard to explain or understand since it doesn't hurt from the outside.
Recently sleeping has been a huge struggle, even if I apply heat or ice before I go to bed. I can't get comfortable because I hurt so much and only when I sleep, deep in my shoulders hurt too and this is when my neck hurts me the most.
Tylenol is not helping and even after ER vistits and seeing my doctor and his nurse practitioner, I have yet to find any relief. I will be starting PT soon but I'm not getting my hopes up because I was fairly active in sports and activities before and I still had the same amount of pain as I do now. On a scale of 1-10 my pain is pretty well a constant 7. I'm too young to be dealing with this and no one seems to take me seriously because of my age. I'm simply told to rest or I'm givin muscle spasm medication that doesn't do anything to help me, and told to use ice and heat. It's been 6 years, I'm fed up with this. I know I'm young but I also know that constant pain like this is not normal and I shouldn't have to continue to deal with it because my doctor and ER visit doctors want to diagnose me with a 'lumbar strain'. I did have an x-ray of my back only and that came back perfectly fine. I have seen 5 different chiropractors and they all seem to be baffled to why I'm hurting and can't seem to tell a difference when they adjust me on if anything is wrong. I go back in every time saying I'm still hurting the same and I get temporary relief from the adjustments but so far nothing permanent or more than a few minutes. I only continue to go because once I had a migraine that lasted a month and was hospitalized because of the severity and after visting a chiropractor a few times, I was back to normal!
I also think my pain might be bothering more these past few months only because I became pregnant and I'm 8 months postpartum. I gained 60 pounds and had a nearly 10 pound baby boy + a c-section. I've almost lost all of the weight, only 15 pounds more to go! I'm sure being pregnant obviously didn't help my back, but I've been hurting for years and I just can't take it anymore. Please if anyone knows why I might be hurting so much, please talk to me and help me figure this out. Any advice and suggestions would be great! Thank you