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Please please help me. Lower back/ buttock pain

gemsparkleggemsparkle Posts: 2
edited 07/12/2015 - 8:46 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello. I am a 30 year old female. I have been suffering with chronic, severe pain for the past 8/9 months. The pain is located in my owner back/ bottom area and right down underneath where the ischium is and all around that particular area. My pain is a severe, constant dull ache often coupled with sharp pains into my thighs and sometimes further down my legs. This pain is completely taking over my life. I was initially diagnosed with coccydenia and given Naproxen although this only mildly reduced my symptoms short term. I have a very active job (restaurant owner/ manager) and am on my feet A LOT. A front pelvic X-ray came back 'normal'. A front pelvic ultrasound came back normal. The only rest I get from this is on a morning I can sometimes get an hour or two relatively pain free. My hips click occasionally (don't know if this is related). I am at my wits end. This torture is just difficult to bare. My latest blood results showed my ESR was slightly raised - showing inflammation. But where?? To date I have not had an MRI. I just feel like nobody is listening. My friend is an orthopaedic physiotherapist and she has agreed to assess me at some point this next couple of weeks. I just wondered if anybody else had these symptoms. I feel like I'm just left to suffer! I've also just found out I'm pregnant (6 weeks) so I can't take any anti inflammatories.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    When you speak of your diagnosis and lab work results, were these discovered by your Primary doctor? Or specialist?

    My Primary tried to work with my pain about two years before referring me to Pain Management doctor.
    That was best thing for me!
    He was able to do other testing and when reading CDs of my previous testing, he saw things not mentioned on impressions, and also, things never told to me by my Primary.

    One of my most revealing tests was the EMG. It showed areas of my spine effected that I had not even given voice to.

    It makes such a difference to work with specialist! There is so much more to pain management than just taking meds.

    I wish you the very best! Please keep us posted on how you are doing!
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  • Congratulations! This does change the options currently available to you. I'd discuss diet/suppliment options with your OBGYN. There's quite a bit you can do there to reduce inflammation while you're expecting but please be sure to discuss everything with a specialist. Natural doesn't mean safe for you & your baby!
    During my last pregnancy I had a specialist massage therapist & specialist yoga instructor that truly helped me get through. I can't emphasise SPECIALIST enough. It's really important that they have a LOT of experience dealing with spine problems AND pregnancy. Often our muscles spasm & knot in reaction to underlying damage. These specialists can do a lot to treat that pain. Over zealous therapists can do more harm than good. You know your body. Don't let anyone do something that hurts or concerns you.
    I'm very worried by your symptoms. PLEASE don't go to a chiropractor or anyone else whose going to pull you around too much. I did really well with specialists during my last pregnancy until I was over 7 months. I went to a new GP (he was a D.O.) to receive a flu shot. Before I knew what was happening he was telling me that my hips were out of alignment (I already had severe spine degeneration) & I was on his table being 'adjusted'. By the time I got outside I collapsed down the wall & spent the remainder of my pregnancy in a terrible state!! Chronic pain can be very damaging to our bodies & our baby. Towards the end of my pregnancy I had to take narcotic medications to avoid premature birth & my own heart damage. Do what you need to do & you're told to do by your OBGYN. Please don't make things worse with stress & anxiety. This is you & your baby. Public opinion & stigma is irrelevant!
    A GOOD physical therapist, NOT the 'No pain, No Gain' type could instruct you not only in good stretches but also restrictions & correct posture, lifting, bending etc.
    Ice/heat & aromatherapy massage oils can help reduce the symptoms but again check with your OBGYN there are certain oils that you can't use now.
    Many pregnant women develop spine issues so there's a lot of help & advise out there. Your OBG should have docs he works with on a regular basis. I'd get your specialists lined-up now. You're going to need them as our pregnancy progresses.
    Again, CONGRATULATIONS! Please take it easy for the sake of our baby AND your long term spine health.

    Note -
    Pain & numbness in the 'saddle area' (the parts of your body that come into contact with a horses saddle while riding) & bladder issues from spine problems are considered a medical emergency & you need to be evaluated by a board certified spine surgeon URGENTLY! Please keep this in mind.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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