Hi everyone- basically at my wit's end in regards to my lower back pain. This particular episode started nine months ago in January of 2015. Other episodes lasted a maximum of 10 weeks in the past four to five years, perhaps three or four of them in that time span. All resolved with chiropractic care.
Rewind to September 2014- I'm in a rigorous nursing program and things got worse and worse . Once I stopped working out, I gained about 12 pounds to my already top-heavy frame. By January 2014 I had weakened my core muscles to the point of enduring horrible searing pain while sitting and standing back up for several minutes. Movement helps. On days when I'm mostly standing, the pain improves drastically. But back to the same pain level the next day when I wake up.
In the past, I have been told I have Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. I had an MRI in June revealing a herniated disc (L4-5) as well as degenerative disc disease on L4 and L5.
Initially I started seeing one chiropractor in January and then when that didn't work I started PT also in June, seeing a different chiro, and then having an epidural steroid injection (mega OUCH!) I feel pretty good after I see the chiropractor, but my stupid pelvis goes back really quickly. I don't want surgery. I can't sit for longer than 30 minutes without the searing pain. I am living at a pain level of 3 or so. Day in and day out. I toss and turn in pain all night. I also have sleep apnea. I am so sick of this.
Here I am, late September, still feeling horrible. Before I have a mental breakdown, I wanted to see if anyone else has had a similar experience. I literally feel like I have done EVERYTHING under the sun, and I am still miserable. Steroid injection #2 is planned a couple weeks out. I can't live like this. I'm 28 years old. I've lost about 6 of those 12 pounds but this has been going on for far too long. `
I honestly don't know what's going on down there. Muscle strain that won't get better? SI joint getting stuck? I've done core and back and leg exercises for MONTHS and nothing has helped. I'm considering changing my health insurance (paying $1000 more a year for it) to be able to see the trusty old chiropractor that had helped me in the past. If I could cut off one of my fingers in exchange for ZERO back pain EVER AGAIN I would absolutely do it. Bargaining doesn't work like that though.