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Low back pain

Hello everyone I'm new here and this is my first post.
I guess looking back I've been having symptoms of back issues for years and didn't realize it. Ex, years ago when walking for exercise my toes would go numb. I didn't really think much of it except it was a little weird.
I've been a nail tech for 22 yrs, and its hard on your back. Massages always helped relieve the pain.
6 yrs ago my husband and I were on our 3rd date and were taking a ride on his Harley and were run off the road by a car. I was thrown and bounced a few times (on grass thankfully) and ended up in a ditch. My whole back from shoulders to lower back were torn up. After that my whole middle back was so tightened up I could barely even lean forward or move for a few days. Thankfully one of my clients brought me some muscle relaxers and pain meds.
At the time I was a single mother with no insurance so I couldn't afford to see a dr. After a few weeks I was back to normal, but a few yrs later I started feeling pretty bad and was muscular pain so I went in for a massage.... The massage that has basically brought my life to a screeching halt. I got so sick, the pain worsened until I couldn't take it, I saw my Dr and got some blood work and a shot and pain meds, muscle relaxers, and predisone. My pain started in my buttocks (both sides) . My blood work came back that I have an autoimmune disease( thyroid problem)
Once I started thyroid meds I felt so much better, muscular pain eased up but the radiating pain I'm my lower back and burning in my legs still haven't gone away. I had a sitting mri done and it didn't show any cause for this pain. My insurance would not cover anything with my back due to preexisting time period. I divorced my husband and lost my insurance and I'm stuck in hell. I can no longer work enough to make enough to do anything with. I tried disability was denied. My husband would not stop begging me to come back home and we'd remarry and I could get on insurance again but it hasn't happneed . I hope I didn't lose ya'll in my life story, but I just don't know how this happened to me from a massage! I have gotten so low that I've felt like some of you that I'm just ready to go. NO I am not suicidal but if I'm not going to have any enjoyment of living and be in pain from the time I wake up until I close them at night its really hard to want to continue. I hate taking pain meds and feel that if I could have gotten help I may could have stopped talking them. I'm no junkie but I know the longer you are on them the harder it is to stop taking them. I just want help and my life back. Last year I started gabapentin and went from 145 to 170! I am 20 pounds heavier now than I was pregnant with my son! OK sorry for rambling just need to get it off my chest and maybe make some new friends that will understand.


  • I had a massage that caused a lot of pain. I can't have massages or chiropractic treatment...if they jostle my vertebrae the wrong way I guess it aggravates the nerves and then I'm off my feet for days.
    º lumbar spinal fusion
    º spinal cord stimulator
    º multiple decompressions
    º lumbar laminectomy
    º osteoarthritis
    º I am not a doctor nor am I giving medical advice
  • I'm scared to get them now, but occasionally I get trigger point flare ups, and that is the only way I can get relief, but I make sure they are careful and not to use too much pressure around my lower back.
    My thyroid levels seem to be linked to the trigger point pain. I had no idea that was possible until my Dr suggested we check levels and mine was way off!
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