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Burning back pain anyone?

fancyladyoneffancyladyone Posts: 1
edited 05/03/2015 - 9:13 PM in Lower Back Pain
9 weeks ago I started having bad burning pain in my lower back (very center only). It was so bad the only relief was to lay on the floor on my stomach with my arms under my pelvis to lift up my lower back enough to take some of the burning away. I can't sit for more than a few minutes without the burning intensifying. I also cannot stand still. It's like there is something compressing my spinal nerves or something. I can sleep (with pain pills, anti anxiety and sleep meds) but only one my left side. It still burns but if I place an ice pack directly up against that part of lower back I can eventually fall asleep. Speaking of ice, I use it all day long. I tried heat but it made the burning so much worse! I cannot work because my job requires sitting all day (I'm a counselor) and I cannot go to church (which is very important to me) because I cannot sit to drive then sit. For another hour. My whole life is so different. MRI shows 3 mild disc bulging and some minor DDD. Also an L5 hemangioma (which is supposedly nothing). I've had two rounds of injections in my discs which just made me much worse. I tried chiropractic early on and that made me worse. The only relief I get is from the ice, pain meds, and lying in my bed with feet and head elevated to take pressure points off and walking slowly. I've requested a referral to a neurosurgeon because now I still have the severe burning in back PLUS I've started having tingling and numbness in my feet, lower legs and sometimes even my hands. I've been treated for 4 years (successfully) with Humira for RA. That pain as awful as it was is NOTHING compared to this burning burning burning. I do not have any pain traveling down my leg. I literally was fine one day and the next day completely incapacitated. My main question is has anyone experienced this burning pain? It's like someone is holding a blowtorch over the small of my back (center low back) and just lighting me up. One other thing: when I wake up, I have about an hour of "relief" until I sit (to go to bathroom even!) and all the burning in my back has returned. It definitely gets worse as the day progresses with night time being the absolute worse.


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