I'm new. Hi everyone. Happy and sorry to be here.
I'm looking for someone who has experienced what I have, or similar or who can point me in the right direction.
About a year ago I started to feel pain in my lower back that would start in the afternoon and get more intense as the day continued. This started to happen more frequently than 2 days a week.
I am in pain if I stand, sit, lie down, walk, or stretch. It can be so severe it brings me to tears.
I have muscle spasms in my lower back (that is the only thing evident to me, whatever else is happening is unknown)
In the last couple of months my pain has become more frequent and more severe.
Some days I am so stiff I can't walk very well especially after sitting down for a while. In the past 3 weeks; My legs can at times feel slightly weak and feel a gentle tingling up and down the back of my legs. In the last week, I've woken up in the morning stiff and still in awful pain. I used to find relief in the mornings for a few hours. Now that's gone too. In the past 2 weeks I've experienced knots in my muscles from my mid back to tail bone... yes, muscle knots on my bum. Lovely, isn't it?
I have yet to be prescribed any medication that helps... at all. (I'm from the U.K)
I've tried co-codamol, tramadol, naproxen, amitriptyline, methocarbamol and meloxicam so far... so narcotics, anti-inflammatories, an old style anti-depressant that relieves pain (apparently) and muscle relaxants. In the beginning it took three 50mg tramadol tablets in one sitting to make even a small dent in the pain and that level of consumption just wasn't viable or advised by the prescribing doctor.
The only thing that sometimes soothes the pain somewhat is a hot water bottle. Heat patches, sprays and gels don't work at all. Is there anything anyone can reccommend I take/use while investigating this?
My doctors have ran blood tests to determine vitamin and mineral levels - normal. Organ function - normal. X-ray on lower and thoracic spine - completely normal. I have to make an appointment to go back in and I'll have a hell of a fight to make for any other pills to try and possibly getting an MRI to get a proper look at my back.
I'm female, 25 and I was not injured. I did not fall. I have good posture, am a healthy weight, I've exercised regularly for years, eat a good diet (have hypothyroidism also, so have to eat well.) My job is active but not strenuous. I have regular life stresses but nothing radical. I don't drink very often at all but I smoke a little bit... Oops.
I have no history of back pain, or any type of localised pain without injury to the area and even then I've never broken a bone. I've had hypothyroidism since I was 14 and have taken a high dose of thyroxine (synthroid) every day since diagnosis. I have no confirmed allergies although have difficulty metabolising sugar and starch and don't generally eat the stuff.
I've seen 5 different doctors in the past 6 months. I've searched online through everything I could possibly think of related to the back, the muscles, the nerves... Nothing fits.
Can anyone help me in any way with this? Because I'm not dealing with this very well anymore.