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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
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  • There are many much older people here going through the same frustrations. Spine pain can be incredibly hard to diagnose & treat. Things are so much harder when the basic diagnostics don't show anything to blame. Ugh! I know it sounds like a weak reply but it's the same I'd give to anyone... You need to advocate for yourself & keep pushing. You know your pain is very real. I keep a note book where I journal my pain sometimes. What makes it better/worse. Major trips & falls. New symptoms. And keep a list of questions & concerns you need addressed by your doc & specialists. It can tell them a lot & it helps you to get the most productive consultations.

    Was your MRI a basic lay in the tube type? There are weighted MRIs. Sometimes standing/sitting moves things & puts pressure on nerves. This can't be seen when you're laying with the support under your legs to take the pressure off your back.

    I'd ask my doc if it could be your SI Joint. You can search anything at the top of the page to find Spine Health information & other posts on the subject.

    Pain that goes into your legs could be nerve. There are specific nerve tests they can do.

    Have you had a good Physical Therapy consult? With muscle weakness & spine problems that helps many.

    My husband occasionally has Piriformus muscle problems. That presents very similar to sciatica from spine damage. Again, search at the top & ask your doc if he thinks it could be. The treatments are different.

    In the current narcotic enviroment in the USA it's highly unlikely that anyone is going to prescribe pain medications without a diagnosis. It's the world we live in. Many people are in the same situation as you. If you look around the forum you will find many 'tips & tricks' to help you get your pain under control. I know, I REALLY know! I rolled my eyes when things like applying ice/heat, hot Epom salt baths, stretching, OTC creams & meds etc. were first mentioned to me! It DOES help a bit & when you're in pain every little helps. I take strong pain medications for my back & I still have to use many other modalities to keep my pain in check.

    I know it sucks! Chronic pain can be a nightmare. I know what it's like watching friends do things that you can't. It's awful! I wish I could be of more help. Just push, push, push for that diagnosis. I know it gets exhausting. Please don't be tempted to think "They can't do anything anyway!" & just get on with life. You need to get to the bottom of this. Best of luck.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • edited 07/15/2015 - 11:38 AM
    I had an open mri because I am claustrophobic, I was laying on my back and they put this thing under my legs to rest them on during the mri. I will definitely use this advice, thank you so much! @EnglishGirl
  • Have you tried a chiropractor? Sometimes all it takes is a good deep massage and spinal readjustment. you might have to go several times to get long lasting relief but if your tests are all coming back normal it's a good place to check out. Of course after you talk with your doctor first. Hope this helps :)
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