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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi guys,

I'm new to this, and am hoping someone can offer some advice/help... I don't know what to do anymore!

I'm 23 and 9 years ago I started to get pain in my lower back, at the top of my pelvis. The pain radiates down around the the front of my back (into my groin), down my leg (tightens at my knee) and down to my foot. I also get pain in my shoulder blade - that pain also goes around my shoulder down my arm. It only happens on one side of my body. The pain ISN'T constant; it comes and goes.

I've been to a physiotherapist who said I had a tilted pelvis, and I was treated for that. No improvement. I had an MRI and X-Ray, which came up clear. I visited a chiropractor, which didn't help AT ALL. I went to a retired specialist who diagnosed slight scoliosis, and recommended swimming. Didn't help! I tried homeopathy - the guy said I had a trapped nerve and tried to release it, but that didn't work either. I've had injections in my back which don't help, nor does taking anti-inflammatories or painkillers. The only thing that provides relief is lying down and getting someone to give me a massage - although that only lasts temporarily. The pain gets worse after sitting down for long periods, which makes working hard.

I've spent so much money and seen so many people, I don't know what to do anymore... does anyone have similiar symptoms and had any luck with treating or even managing the pain? Like I said, it isn't constant, but it's frequent and unbearable.

I'd appreciate all the help/advice etc... A


  • I forgot, I've also had an ultrasound and had surgery to examine me for endometriosis. Again, didn't have that :(

    Thanks, A.
  • What about a vascular disorder? Plus, when they did your MRI did they do your whole spine or just lower back? If you are having problems with your arm it could be spinal, just higher up. Thoracic outlet syndrome sounds like all of your upper body (even down to the shoulder blade pain). This usually shows up based on the positioning of your arms and is sometimes mistaken for carpel tunnel sydrome. The thing is, you may have more than one issue and maybe a good neurologist (not surgeon)would help.
  • Have you been checked for Spondylolisthesis? You sound similar to me. I can't swim either the extension kills me. I was encouraged to do water walking or any kind of walking. I walk a little each day but it kills me. So does sitting upright.

    You might ask for flexion/xtension x rays to rule it out. Are you seeing a NS or OS yet? If not maybe you should think about it.

    What pain meds have you tried? I combine the vicoden. flexerile and I also use the lidocane patches for my lbp on days when I know I will be on my feet for more than a few minutes at a time.

    Hang in there,

  • have you seen a PM doc? I had similar pain and went through the same as you. Nothing showed up on MRI or xrays. The pain in my groin felt like what I would assume a hernia to feel like. My back would lock up when walking and I could not sit or stand for more than a few minutes. At the time I also had pain in my neck that ran down my arm and my hand would go numb. My PM doc said that he would concentrate on low back first because lots of times if you stop the pain in one area the other area will also stop. He was right.My PM doc was the one that diagnosed me and also was the only one that could help me. They will do other tests such as a discogram which other docs will not usually do. That is how my annular tare was found. I also have arthritis in my facet joints and my PM also diagnosed that. I had rhizotomy's done for years which helped me alot. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • Find someone skilled with Trigger Point Therapy. See if they can give you a once over to find anything. Some people may not believe in it, and it didnt help me that much, but you never know. I think the key is finding someone skilled.

    Hope this helps,
  • Your symptoms sound myofascial or muscular especially in light of the clear MRI. Look into ART or Active Release Technique. It works very well and can help a lot. Go to EDITED and look for someone in your area.

    Dr. Pruitt

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  • sounds kinda of expensive one course costs Price: $1000,is that a commercial website?
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