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Lower Back Pain, 10 years

dejeppoddejeppo Posts: 1
edited 11/19/2015 - 6:08 AM in Lower Back Pain

When I was younger, specifically 10 years ago, my sister accidentally tripped me at a birthday party and I slammed onto the concrete right on my butt. We figured I had just bruised it badly as I couldn't even lift my leg to get into the truck when we went home. Since that day I have had pain in my lower back, butt, and left leg. I'm 22 now, and I feel it every single day. It almost feels like when you get the flu and it hurts to even exist. Sitting down shoots the pain across my lower back, standing too long makes me feel like I have an elephant stepping on that spot and eventually shoots nerve pain down my left leg. Laying down on my stomach makes me feel like i'm bending in the wrong direction and laying on my back just causes more pressure pain. I have had numerous X-rays, MRI's, etc which I found out recently may not even show anything if my problem isn't bone related? I don't know, I'm not a medical professional. As I sit here now typing I have shooting pain across the left side of my lower back, buttock and upper thigh. I have taken anti-inflammatory medication over the years but it just does not work. When it's going to rain, I feel like an 80 year old with a destroyed back and leg. My doctor did the "lay down, lift this leg up" crap but he only lifts the right leg even when I say I have pain in my left not the right. He says there is nothing wrong and to take anti inflammatory medication but clearly something IS wrong. Another doctor I went to did the exact same thing with the exact same results even though I had mentioned the other doctors visits and their results. I just don't know what to do anymore, it hurts so bad that I don't really sleep as I'm always having to shift my weight somewhere else for a couple minutes of relief. I had a blood test done a few weeks ago to check my blood sugar because I haven't been feeling right otherwise either... I guess nothing was found because they said they would call if they found anything significant. :(

Is there ANYTHING anybody knows that I just do not? Should I be going to a specific type of doctor and not a primary physician? I feel like because I'm so young I'm not being taken seriously, even more so when I was younger and crying in pain but it's as if nobody really believes I'm in this much pain. Someone please help, I'm so depressed and tired of this pain. :(

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Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - 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?

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  • The pain of not being believed is as bad as the physical pain isn't it, I know exactly how that feels. I feel like talking my MRI results and slapping a few docs round the head with them!!.!
    All I can say is...keep going, keep searching, keep asking to se specialists. Are you in pain management?
    Please keep us updated xx
    Kirsti x
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