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Excruciating back spasms leading to problems walking

B2A2BB2A2 Posts: 1
edited 11/06/2015 - 2:14 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello everyone,

I am a 24 year old women and an ex competitive figure skater of 15 years. I have had chronic back and hip pain for as long as I can remember.

At the end of May I fractured my left sesamoid bone in my foot tree planting. Wore a cast for 6 weeks, went for a follow up and it never healed, and then was told to wear it again for another six weeks. So 2 and half months later my other leg, back and hips felt pretty bad from the uneven walking for so long. After that I went back for the next follow up and it was still broken, but I was advised to try Physio because the foot was too weak now. I was blessed with a good Physiotherapist and he not only looked at my foot but at my whole body. He said your back is out of line, your shoulders out of place and you are suffering from nerve tension. A couple days later I was in emerge after having an excruciating spasm stemming from a burning pain in my back and hips. They found 3 bulging discs is L4,L5,and S1, some degeneration in my upper back, aswell as a hemangioma on my T8, which is like a small build up of blood vessels, it looks like a mole. At the first hospital they were shocked at how badly I was affected and thought that the bulging discs couldn't create as much pain and loss of range of motion I was having. I could barely walk for 3 days and didn't get full function back for 2.5 weeks. I was sent home from the hospital after a week and 10 days later was back again but I went to a different one. I was there for 2.5 weeks could not walk at all until the 10th day and fast forward to now I have been in a rehab hospital for another 2.5 weeks, relearning to walk and tension, pain and weakness were so bad that is taken me up until now to walk again somewhat normally, still with pain and tension. The 2nd hospital said the discs could be causing a lot of pain but not the loss of function. They came up with diagnoses fibromyalgia,myofascial back pain and possible conversion disorder. They looked at my hips in an MRI and said they look fine, but they have been what has stopped me from walking as they kind of lock up and are to stiff and weak to put weight on. I lie here in hospital after having an other spasm today and after improving with physio and pain meds, muscle relaxants... I fear that everytime I push my body to walk again despite the pain and stiffness, I will set my self back. My range of motion is yet again compromised and pain is unbearable. I am beyond frustrated and just want some relief and to have my normal life back. Any suggestions? Advice? I am desperate and so sick of being bed ridden. Please help.

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