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Thoracolumbar spasms

johnny22678jjohnny22678 Posts: 1
edited 10/19/2014 - 10:14 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, my name is Johnson and in 2013 I was hit hard with a dabilitating back spasm across my mid back doing something rather benign while at work. I worked in the emergency room as well as a volunteer firefighter for 13 years. Since this all happened I have steadily gone down hill. I have had 2 MRI's that all conclude degenerative changes such as early onset of arthritis and some diffuse dic bulging. I kept having to redirect everyone to the fact it was not mu lower back and my sysmptoms were often described as "not making sense" Needless to say I am frustrated. I have had over 70 back spasms and went from the work I did to not being able to use the restroom at times due to the spasms. Finally after some time I was directed to a doctor that prescribes Baclofen which has now stopped the spasms. I take a very high dose of 30mg 4 times a day for a total of 120mg a day. At one point we lessened the dosage to see if I was experiencing a placebo affect. The spasm returned. I am being told over and over due to the lack of objective findings that this is a psychosymatic thing. I have a sprained muscle is my favorite. Someone get Guiness on the phone for I have the longest standing sprained muscle in the world. I have researched many things on the internet and yet nothing seems to fit. It was not until recently that the direction of my care is now going to a neurologist. I am awaiting this appointment. I was told the muscles along my spine have atrophied and that I am shearing. My pain happens at the thoracolumbar junction around T10-L2 and hurts when pressure is applied. Yesterday I went on a walk and could barely move. I am suffering mentally as well being diagnosed with adjustment syndrome or situational depression. I attribute this to having this pain and people telling me its in my head. I am at a loss of what to do. Why is the baclofen working? As far as I can see it only works if you have MS or if you have a spinal cord injury. I was told the shearing can cause this and the area I am concerned with is tasked with supporting us in our rotational movements. Oddly enough these are the movements that trigger my spasms. I have not has spasms since on the baclofen but I can feel the source better being that the spasm does not take over. I have left calf cramps they say are not related. I am so confused and want to move on with life. I was literally one step away of finally becoming a career firfighter and now I can barely move.


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