Hello there, I'm new to this website so please let me introduce myself and explain a little bit about what's going on.
My name is Brandi. I'm 25 years old and I've been having severe back pain for an ongoing amount of time (2 years now). I had an accident when I was very young that my guardians didn't take me to the ER about. To get into specifics, I hit my lower spine on a trampoline side - the metal part - and couldn't walk upright for a little over 2 months. That was the only accident/injury I've ever had to my spine and back areas. At the time, besides not being able to walk upright for two months and it hurting to inhale, I didn't have other issues up until 2 years ago.
The pain in my back is really low and in the center, there is a certain spot that no one has ever been able to touch. When they do, it hurts enough that I get light headed and just about faint. This spot has been there since I had my injury as a kid. Doctors work around it - especially during child labor when putting an epidural in! Before it was only touching the spot that caused it pain but lately it's become worse. I have seen my PCP multiple times about this and they tell me it's a muscle, to take ibuprofen for a week or two and it will be fine. That hasn't been the case anymore. The pain started to get really bad about a month ago now. My entire right leg gave out while putting my daughter to bed and I ended up falling. My husband took me to the ER about it. They explained it was a pulled muscle and sent me home without doing any testing. I went to my PCP to explain the situation and she said she wasn't sure what the issue was but to take 600mg ibuprofen 3 times a day for 3 weeks and it should go away. It has been 2 weeks since then and my symptoms are worse. Eventually my PCP explained she wasn't sure what to do at this point and handed me off to an OMT doctor. I had that appointment today.
Needless to say things didn't go very well at this apt. My OMT doctor pushed on the one area that has been causing me issues and immediately got another doctor to come in and talk to me and my husband. That doctor explained with the symptoms I presented that I needed to go to the ER for an MRI. They thought it was a herniated disc that was pushing against the bottom of my spinal cord. I did as they recommended and spent a very long time in the ER waiting for tests and results. At the end of the day, I came home with even more questions that weren't answered. The MRI showed nothing. The doctor in the ER put me on naproxin - which my PCP did not want me taking because of the length of time she wants me on anti-inflammatory medication. Now here I am at square one again with no answers and no solutions.
While I am completely disheartened by the doctors, my husband is furious and has already expressed his opinion about wanting me to change doctors and hospitals. I agree with him to an extent but at this point, I'm exhausted with telling doctors the issues I am having over and over again to get no where.
So this is why I'm on these forums, asking if there is anyone who's had something similar.
The area that is causing me issues is in my Lumbar spine and my husband has explained not only is it swollen but it feels like there is a knot in this area. I should also note that I have been to a chiropractor about back issues and sciatic nerve issues when I was pregnant. Because my Chiro couldn't get an x-ray, he felt the area and said it felt like a disc issue or a lot of scar tissue. Which one, he wasn't sure but after countless visits, he eventually gave up trying to fix that area since nothing he had done was working or loosening up the area. When I explained this to the ER doctor, they looked at me like I was crazy and honestly, I'm more than a little frustrated from these looks. The only thing that helps the pain is a heating pad and I cannot lay on it 24/7 considering I have 2 kids and a husband to take care of. However, the past 3 weeks have been hell and I am not able to function like I normally would - or much at all honestly - since this started.http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/diagnostic-tests/getting-accurate-back-pain-diagnosis