I am posting in hopes of finding someone who as had a similar experience with back pain or can provide me with any helpful information regarding my injury. Let me start by saying that I have seen three physicians, two physical therapists, and a chiropractor. My MRI has been reviewed by three doctors, all of which say my spine looks perfectly normal for a 20 year old man, however, I continue to have lower back pain and sciatica symptoms.
The initial injury started while kickboxing about eight months ago. I was doing bag work and felt a sharp pain in my lower back on the left side. I continued training with the pain for a week before I decided to rest it and let it heal. After a week of rest the pain subsided and I went back to the gym only to have the pain return. This time I decided to take 2 weeks off. Once again, the pain was gone until I thought I was well enough to return to kickboxing. This is when I first tried physical therapy. I did the exercises prescribed but they only seemed to make things worse, so once again i decided to just refrain from strenuous activities, this time for three weeks. When the pain went away I did some shadowboxing to test out my back strength, and I felt fine until the next day when I woke up with a swollen lower back on my right side. My physician gave me some anti inflamatories and said that should do the trick. I took them and rested for another month until the pain was gone once again, only to reinjur my back shadowboxing...... again. After this injury I saw a chiropractor and rested for about six weeks, once again until the pain went away and I tried sparring. This time I woke up the next morning with sciatic pain and an inflamed low back on my right side. After the fifth time re injuring my back i decided I needed to rest much longer and strengthen my body with physical therapy.
However, after six weeks of physical therapy the inflammation did not go away, in fact, the exercises seemed to be making it worse. My PT told me to see my physician and come back in six weeks once the inflammation went down. I followed her instructions and got an MRI which came back completely normal, and waited for the inflammation to go down, only this time, my back was not getting better almost four months later.
Here I am eight months after the initial injury, and four months after my last re-injury, and now my back is not showing any signs of recovery. I have sciatic pain down my right leg into my foot, and my MRI reveals nothing serious. I saw a sports medicine doctor last week and he only gave me some physical therapy exercises that made my QL muscle swell up and hurt even worse.
I can't tell you how fed up and confused i am. Is there ANYONE out there that has any idea what is going on with me? Is my back going to heal? All i want in the word is to return to kickboxing, i don't care if it takes another year, i just want to know that someday ill be able to get back to what i love. If anyone has experienced something similar or has any advice at all please, please let me know.
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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?
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. 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
. Massage Therapy
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. 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?
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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.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
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