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Moving pain

JenihigJJenihig Posts: 1
edited 07/04/2015 - 11:40 PM in Lower Back Pain
I have been experiencing back pain for 3 or 4 months. The pain seems to move and once in a while i have a few pain free days. It's all lower back, not in my legs. Just before the back pain started my left leg had some numbness but doesn't now. Some days it's one hip, or both hips or one hip and lower back and other times just lower back. At times it feels almost like the muscles are cramping up. It hurts to climb into my van, into bed, squat down, reach down to get dishes out of dishwasher, reach above my head and various other things at different times depending on what's hurting that day. Aleve (2 of them) helps sometimes. Excedrine migraine (3 of them) helps but only for a coupleoff hours. I'm 43, 5'3" 250 lbs (yes very overweight) and I have a data entry/filing job. Several years ago I had symmetrical joint pain all over but not in my back and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis but after a round of steroids I was great and haven't had any flare ups since. Plus this isn't what I thought was typical symmetrical pain that RA causes.

Have any of you experienced moving back pain? Some days it almost feels debilitating. I can push myself to do what's needed but only with great pain. I'll skip things like activities that aren't mandatory often though because of the pain. I hate going to the doctor mainly because of finances, even though we have health insurance with my husband's job any diagnostic testing carries high deductibles and copays. I'm concerned that if I go, my description of the pain isn't specific enough to help the doc diagnosis it and do I see an MD or a chiropractor?


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 07/05/2015 - 5:58 AM
    When my chronic pain first appeared, I was working with my Primary doctor.
    She tried for about two years to help and then referred me to pain management doctor.

    I already had one MRI done, but pain management doctor did couple different tests to be more revealing of source of my pain.
    With that information, he was best able to come up with a plan, re treatments and pain medication...and changing meds as needed.
    Everyone is so different in their response to meds and treatments, so my doctor always has backup plans. :)

    I have also the moving back pain as you describe. Different areas of my body and or spine will scream out for more attention. It's not just different day to day but can be throughout the day.

    Only you can decide if seeing a doctor is worth it re your financial situation you stated.
    I wish you the very best as you proceed in caring for your pain.
    Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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  • Do you see a Rhumatologist? Are you on any maintenance meds? It's a progressive illness & they have lots of meds now to slow or stop the progression. I understand your financial concerns, everything can be so expensive. Ugh!! An office appointment with an arthritis doc shouldn't be too bad ;-)

    My pain moves around during the day & changes significantly depending on what I've been doing or how my backs changing. Weather & activity make the biggest differences to my pain.

    Have you had your SI joint checked out? I've had the diagnostic shots & my SI definitely contributes to my hip pains. That can change a lot depending on how the joins 'sitting'. That's a very simple procedure. They inject numbing shots & if the pain goes its guilty! Then they inject some steroids hoping that reducing the inflammation will reduce the pain.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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