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28 year old - low back, hip & leg

Dunaway03DDunaway03 Posts: 7
edited 04/15/2015 - 1:29 AM in New Member Introductions
hello! I'm really glad I found this site, I've been wanting to find something like this and accidentally did when I was really upset when I woke up. I guess the general information goes like this - I'm a 28 year old female who started having hip pain about 2 1/2 years ago. As stupid as it sounds (and actually was) I didn't pay attention to it even as it grew worse and took less and less to get it going, all I did was joke with my husband that I had a bad hip. Eventually it got to the point that I couldn't make trips with much walking involved without a grinding, burning deep pain. It wasn't until I attempted a new job at a factory and couldn't make it past the 8 hour mark (throwing up from pain) that my husband forced me to go to the dr. X-ray revealed nothing in my hip. Less than a week later (about a year ago right now) we were in a severe head on, high speed car accident. At the time I had bad neck, chest and ankle injuries/pain and my hip seemed about the same. Around 3 months later my general dr agreed to arrange for me to get an MRI, not totally sure why she did not want to grant one sooner but that's neither here nor there at this point. I'm not good with the official medical terms but I'll try to make the most sense I can. The tests showed spinal stenosis, 2 bulging discs, exposed nerve cluster (I'm still not grasping this one totally), arthritic changes in hip with dark spot with cysts. I also have a very tilted pelvis that is evident from just looking at me. I was referred to a pain dr and in the course of my treatment I received 1 injection in the hip and a total of 9 in my lower back. None of these made any positive difference, with the last set of shots in the back being honestly pretty agonizing. During that time 2 different pain mess were tried also with no results. That basically brings us to current day (sorry for the length, I tried to keep things as quick as possible). The pain has left me almost completely grounded. Any amount of time standing leaves me with a burning throbbing pain in my calf and hip that is never under a 7 or so on the 1 to 10 scale. I can't sleep well, I have to constantly have an orthopedic pillow under my knees and the pressure on my lower back when laying down is feeling worse and worse. Appetite is constantly ruined. I used to keep the roads hot but I haven't had a day out in months - this is worsening the depression/ocd I have always had. I sincerely don't like to complain, which may be a big part of what got me in this mess in the first place - but I am now absolutely miserable. There is no aspect of my life that hasn't been ruined or at least changed by this. Parted ways with the pain dr this Monday - arrangements for physical therapy and an appointment with a spine specialist are to be made (just waiting on the calls). I did get a prescription for a wheelchair which my husband picked up yesterday - just to be clear though this is only going to be used so that I can have a day out every week or so like I used to to improve my mental state. It's not going to be used around the house or short trips to the store (which I'm no longer capable of making anyways). I know my age makes all of this sound ridiculous and my worst fear as far as all of this is concerned is that someone thinks that I'm being overly dramatic or just makin on. Of course nobody here actually knows me but I assure you that I have an extremely high borderline abnormal tolerance for pain - so for me to be this affected really is a testament to how bad it's gotten. Emotionally I've never been very stable and this has brought me pretty close to the end of my rope. Having my husband with the the whole way has been the only relief - he's the only one that's seen how bad it truly is and the pains progression. I don't doubt that I would have been at this point without the wreck, just perhaps not this soon.
Anyways as best as I can tell that's a brief (ish) overview of everything, I'm so sorry I can't be more clear on the actual diagnoses - last dr wasn't the best at explaining things. I'm just glad to have found a spot where there are people dealing with similar situations that perhaps don't doubt me. If you stick with me this long through all the business thank you so much - I greatly appreciate anyone even listening. I hope everyone feels okay and God bless


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