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20's and Giving Up.

JoesmithJJoesmith Posts: 1
edited 01/14/2015 - 7:54 AM in Chronic Pain
I have had 3 years of horrible lower back pain and I always thought posting on a forum would be like throwing a needle into a pile of needles, but here I am. I have seen 6 different PTs, 5 difference chiropractors, 2 sports medicine experts, an orthopedic surgeon and the list goes on. I am in my mid 20's now.

My pain is in my lower right side of my body. When it is at its worst it will go down to the top of my buttock and around the side of my right hip. It never deviates or goes higher then maybe 6 inches above my pelvis. 5 x-rays showed nothing and out of 2 MRIs the first one showed nothing and the last one showed "mild inflammation in a lumber facet joint". I received 2 injections of steroids into the lumbar facet joints, but that did not help much. Laying down with a flat back always feels the best.

The other side of the pain: I also have severe pain in my neck. I get a very stiff neck and I have shooting nerve pain down my arms. This pain has recently gotten much worse and is worse when standing or sitting for long periods of time. It often feels the best when I am laying down. This was always just a very slight pain and I didn't think much of it. It has gotten very painful over the last 4 months. I had a chiropractor work on it, but that only allowed for more flexibility and did not help the pain.

The injury or starting point of this pain was when I was playing golf nearly 3 years ago. I have not played golf since that day and swinging a golf club is very painful, especially at the point where I swing through the ball and thrust my body upwards/outwards while extending my right leg. Swinging a golf club does not hurt my neck, however.

Pain: The pain in my lower back is at its highest degree when I do not sleep straight the night before or I bend over and life with my back.

Things that didn't work: Chiropractor, steroid injections into facet joint, months and months of stretching/yoga, dry needling and any other typical PT or chiropractor stuff.

Does anyone have a guess at what this might be? I am mostly looking for where someone thinks I should go next? What kind of doctor? Is there a possible connection between the neck and lower back pain?

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/14/2015 - 7:54 AM
    There is nobody on the forum medically qualified or permitted to suggest a diagnosis, but many of the members will know what you are going through and offer support.

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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have the same pain in the lower back you are describing and have been treated for the last 2 years as it being a prolapsed disc at L5S1. However the last appointment with the specialist has had him saying they think they have missed something and are now looking at Sacro-illiac injections. This causes pain in the areas you have described as it is caused due to issues with your tailbone either moving too much or too little. This may be the same problem you have or it may not but definitely worth discussing with doctor.

    As for the shoulder and neck pain this could be from restricted sleeping positions or over compensating from the pain in your back possibly.

    Hope this helps you out a bit.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    the best advice I can give you


    There are always so many options, so many treatments that can make things so much more comfortable for you.

    Though if there is a suspicion of disc related problems, I would stay clear of chiropractors. They are fine for the muscular skeletal parts of the body, but when it comes to discs and the spinal cord, you should be seeing a spinal specialist.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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