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Working with Pain

Hi everyone. I am a 52 year old female. Menopause started two years ago.

My MRI shows a disc bulge L4-L5, and a very worn our Left SI joint.
I have had ten years of spasms in my low back, after years of spasms in my mid section (between the shoulder blades).
Lots of little accidents in my life, a teenager scoliosis - bad posture. The lot.

There may be a number of reasons why I ended up with a disc bulge, but I can trace it back to August 2014.
In the gym, lifted a weight from squatting that was a bit too much - it was yellow, so it looked like a 2Kg :-)
As for the last twenty years I've heard the physiotherapists telling me that I needed to 'tilt' my pelvis and keep it straight I must have been keeping my pelvis rigid - I was also angry and distracted.

The pain was a bit like the low back spasms that I used to get for the previous ten years (GP always said 'it's just wear and tear').
But tenfolds, and shooting down to the leg and foot - could not weight bear for days, and slowly got better with Voltarol injections.

Afterwards, I lost my job (I was a temporary relief register care worker) and proceeded to gradually restore my body and my physical activities. But I could not even swim without pain!

Now I can. Progress, perhaps. But I have a constant pain in my left buttock, pins and needles, which I could put up with, if only I could sit for more than 5 minutes!

I'm forced to stand up at work (I now have a wee office job, 16 hours a week and I don't want to lose it!!!). I would do anything to get better. I love my job environment, my colleagues and boss are so wonderful. But when I am in pain I worry, especially when I seem not to make any progress.

I was very well for an entire month in October, and then suddenly I started getting a 'sticking' feeling in the usual spots (butt, groin, low back). One moment I was fine and walking into town, two hours later back on the Voltarol tablet because of searing hot pain.

Can anyone out there share their experience? Does the pain go away eventually?

Can a Vit B complex help?

The only two things I haven't tried is an osteopath and Vit B. Everything else has been tried (shiatsu, massage, pilates you name it).

I walk an average 1-2 miles a day, and swim twice a week, 20-30 lengths (with no pain since I've decided to only swim backstroke).

I hope this is an ok post - and also hope to get someone that'll tell me that yes eventually pain subsides.... my PT said it can take up to three years to heal.

I hope so, we're almost into the second year.

Welcome to Spine-Health

One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?

    . Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)

  • . Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
    . Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?

  • . Physical Therapy
    . Ultrasound / Tens unit
    . Spinal Injections
    . Acupuncture
    . Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)

  • . Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
    . How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)

  • . Name of Medication
    . How long have you been using this?
    . Results
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

Please take a look at our forum rules: Forum Rules

I also strongly suggest that you take a look at our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) which can be found at the top of the forum menu tab or by going to FAQ There you will find much information that will

  • - Help you better utilize the Spine-Health system
    - Provide pointers on how to make your threads / posts
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    - General pieces of valuable information

Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide

  • - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
    - Medical advice of any kind
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What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 11/16/15 09:07 est

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