I've seen this forum a few times on the web and decided to give it a shot since I'm running out of options.
I am 23 years old and have had lower back pain for about 3 years now. The pain is in the sacral area (not the bone). It bothers me the most when I am sitting. I basically have not been able to sit comfortably for these years. The pain was occurred gradually when I was pulling all nighters, sitting in the library during mid-terms week in college. I've seen many doctors .. tried alternative medicine .. have tried physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractor, laser pain therapy, got an MRI (showed nothing), Nerve test(showed nothing), and the list can go on. Today I work in an office in New York City and have my own standing desk. I've been living with this pain and I can't do it anymore. I'm about to go through my 2nd steroid injection for my lower back to see if it will help. I have a scheduled appointment with one of the doctors at HSS (Hospital for Special Surgery) next week to see if they know what is wrong with me.. I don't think they will have the answer for me either, but am hoping...
Does anyone know of anyone who has this pain?... Or how to cure this. The doctor I'm seeing is still unable to determine if it's my disc or not.
**Here's the history of my back pain for more info**:
It's been almost three long years since I've developed my back problem. I remember studying heavily during that week and the one before that. I had to stay up 3 nights in a row in order for me to pass the mid-terms in my junior year of undergraduate college.
I did very well in those exams, but at what cost? As I studied each day with no sleep and sitting in the library, getting up once in a while, I slowly felt my back was gradually hurting more and more.
After I finished the exams, I was taken to the hospital immediately near campus on sweet home road in Buffalo,NY, as I could not walk correctly nor could I sit. I was given steroids and muscle relaxers which helped me ease the pain. The doctors there explained that I should be feeling better within a few weeks. I was relieved to hear that. However, after those weeks of resting and continuing to study, my back never healed. In fact, it became worse.
For the record, I'm not looking to blame anyone. I know that it is my fault for staying up those nights, as this problem could have been avoided. However, I went to see all kinds of doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, back specialists, and the list can go on. I've had a few doctors tell me that there was nothing wrong and that I should be fine. One of them even told me that I would probably have to live with this pain. Either the doctors I've went to see did not care or just had no idea what was wrong. Devastated and depressed, thinking I was never able to dance again or socialize normally.
I decided to somewhat give up on the search of fixing my back. I decided to try to start dancing again and strangely, it did not hurt me more, it made me feel better. Perhaps it was the better blood flow and circulation through my body while exercising. I don't know what it was, but I just knew that I could not sit for long hours, so I started standing while attending class, studying, eating, and everything.
Today, I work in midtown Manhattan and I have a standing desk. It may seem healthier overall, but the key is activity. Whether you're sitting or standing all day, it is not good for you because your body is still, which gives less blood circulation throughout. I understand more now on what is wrong with my back after research and seeing Dr. Patrick M. Foye, MD located in Newark, NJ. He could not help me since it was not my bone; it was my sacral/ sacrum area, the muscles, or maybe even a disc rotation perhaps. I've realized that I cannot live like this anymore and have decided to seriously and truly go on a quest to find the answer to fixing my back. ****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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