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Chronic lower back pain severe

tomposey86ttomposey86 Posts: 2
edited 10/26/2015 - 8:51 AM in Chronic Pain
A little history first i guess. I have been physically active since i was a kid. Four-wheeler, jet-skis, cliff diving, you name it. I played football till 10th grade then wrestled till I graduated. I have never had any health issues. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2011. I spent months in the hospital, and lost 60lbs., before they finally decided to remove my colon. Every since the surgeries I have had sever lower back pain that the doctors can't seem to diagnose. Now about the pain itself. The pain started a few weeks after the last surgery, not sure if related. I had never had back pain ever before. The pain itself is lower back to upper buttock. It is usually only on one side at a time but a few times it has been both sides. the whole lower back is stiff with what most people refer to as a backache i assume. I have a severe stabbing pain that feels like a nerve when i move just right or put pressure down on that leg. The severe pain comes and goes. It may last 2 weeks then be gone for a month, then come back for 2 months, and be gone for a week and so on. It seems random at how long it is gone and such. When the severe pain comes, I cant walk, bend over, and takes several minutes to roll over in bed or get out of bed. When i am on a "good" period, i cant lay flat on the floor or stay bent over long and must keep my back straight when sitting. If i don't then I get extremely stiff and sore and if bad enough it will start a small stabbing pain again that sometimes will last long other times will go away in a day or two. It gets bad enough that i crawl across my house because its faster and less painful than walking. I have been off work for over a year now and am going crazy at home. I'm a pipe welder so bending over, laying down, and carrying heavy weight is my job. Not to mention i cant play with my kids anymore. I have had several MRI's, a CT, many X-rays, and God knows what else. They finally sent me to a pain management specialist and he did a branch block i think is what it was called. It didnt help. steroid shots work great for a couple days. I can't take NSAIDs too much because of my colitis. The pain meds helped with the ache pain but did nothing for the stabbing pain. I can live with ache so i decided not to take the meds. They were 10/325 percocets i believe. Every doctor I have been to has given up and said they dont know. I HAVE to get this solved. I HAVE to get back to work to provide for my family. SSDI only pays $1500 a month and my wife has had to get a job for the first time since we have had kids. Someone please help.

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  • Firstly, really sorry that you are going through this. It's a strain on all the family isn't it.
    You mentioned that you've had CTs & MRI scans...what did they say?
    Keep us updated,
    Keep going
    Kirsti x
  • tomposey86ttomposey86 Posts: 2
    edited 10/27/2015 - 10:22 AM
    Oh, i forgot to say what the tests showed. Everyone of them said all was fine. I also forgot to mention that I have torn my medial meniscus and had 2 surgeries on that. Last I heard from the orthopedic was i had severe bone infarctions above and below the knee. But as far as all the tests on my back they can't find anything wrong. The pain management doctor seems to think it's osteoarthritis amplified by my constant inflamation in my J-pouch. I have chronic pouchitis. Its basically colitis but in my J-pouch since i dont have a colon.
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