I seriously can't believe that I am here. I am 31, married with an almost 2 year old daughter, and another baby on the way. I will start by stating that I have been active and at a healthy weight my entire life. I struggled with neck issues in college, but found out they were stress/tension related and have nipped those. I have never had lower back issues.
It all started about 3-4 months post delivery of my daughter, so December 2012. It started as a "tired lower back" feeling, which then progressed into me feeling these "nodules" of moveable matter on both sides of my back, about 1/2 inch long. I waited, probably too long, to see my normal chiropractor. He performed adjustments for 10 straight weeks to no avail. I was then referred to my general practioner.
There, I had blood drawn to make sure it was not any sort of infection and that all came back normal. At this point, the pain was getting so severe I was struggling to sit at work, which is what I do everyday. He referred me to physical therapy.
I did physical therapy for a few sessions which turned out to be someone teaching me stretches and blaming my hamstrings. (they have always been tight, but I went into it with an open mind and did the stretches.) I was also given a TENS unit which I ran as often as I could, running it out of batteries throughout the day.
I threw the towel at that facility and called for a massage by a highly recommended therapist. After visiting, poking, rubbing and all that jazz, she told me this was not a muscular issue….this was bigger and I needed to see an orthopedist.
My orthopedist was a joke. If I was asked one more time what I'd like to try next, I thought I would scream. Low and behold, that is what I did and I got put on depression medication for the first time in my life. I'm a very happy, outgoing, optimistic person. Being put on depression medication was a complete slap in my face. I did manage to calm down about my pain though, which was a lovely surprise.
After three meetings and two sets of steroid injections I asked her to refer me to a pain clinic. I was told it was a requirement to have an MRI done before they would see me. After arguing that I could not afford this after all of my co-pays, my xrays at my chiro, etc., I was forced to have this in order to be seen. There went another $1000 out of pocket.
As predicted, the MRI showed NOTHING. I got in to see the pain specialist and again, felt that I was not being taken seriously. I visited 3 different times with trigger point injections done each time to no avail.
This entire time we have been wanting to have our 2nd baby…but I did not want to wait anymore. Nobody was helping me or even giving me guidance. I'm 31 and wanted to have my babies close in age…so we went for it. Now I'm pregnant and am back at trying PT and chiro work. I'm scheduled for my first acupuncture appointment tomorrow.
I have spent thousands of dollars on tests, xrays, MRIs, a new mattress, new shoes, moved to standing locations at work and nothing has helped. I have nobody to to turn to. I try to talk to my husband and he does a great job listening, but after this long, I believe that he thinks it's in my head. After this baby is born, I am not sure where to start again. I want to be able to play with my kids and not worry.
What's crazy is that being ACTIVE does not aggravate is as much as inactivity. I'm at my wits end…and now being pregnant and off of my depression medication, I'm a little on the crazy side.
Wow. Venting sure felt great.