Merry Christmas Everyone! I stumbled upon this forum looking while trolling the Internet for information concerning back problems I'm having and when I saw the different threads, I found myself saying, 'gee, I have that....I have that too.....whow! I may have that!' So I felt compelled to join.
I'm in my early 60s, a retired nurse and have had back problems since my teens. When I was in my 30s, I suffered from sciatica and learned upon having a lumbar xray that I have a lumbar scoliosis. Then 5 years ago I was bit by a bad tick resulting in Lyme disease that caused me to have problems with neuritis and once again, severe lumbar back pain. 2 years ago I was knocked down by our two energetic border collie pups resulting in a broken rib or two, and a month later, the return of the excruciating Lumbosacral pain that I had experienced earlier in my fight with Lyme disease. This time the pain did not go away after a few weeks but became my constant companion. My husband and I retiring, closing down a business and a second home did not help much with my recovery, I'm sorry to say.
My new physician agreed with my old physicians treatment of my pain and increased my Gabapentin, Ultram and Flexeril and as long as I stayed on top of it with the medications I felt better. There was no resolution but I was able to enjoy life more.
During a routine check up, I was referred to one of the DO's that works in the medical group I go to. He took one look at me and said there was much more going on with me than just my history of Lyme. He saw me twice, adjusting my back, hips, neck and feet (I have a foot deformity in both feet that is also causing issues with my back along with the scoliosis) and injecting zylocaine into a trigger point that we found in my lower back.
I have been able to decrease my medications since but a shadow of the old pain is still there. I'm a very active 62 year old woman who doesn't know the meaning of taking it easy but this has really forced me to do just that. I have to be careful bending. I have to be careful lifting, I have to be careful twisting. Simple movements can cause the old pain, 9 on the pain scale, to flair up again and once it does, not much helps it. Since treatment I can count on having one day a week where either my lumbar, cervical spine or thoracic spine is bothering me. Now the days are up to 2-3 so I know it is time to call the doctor for an appointment again.
I would like to get my old vim and vigor back again but I know that isn't likely to happen, so I've joined here so I can try to understand what is happening to my spine and maybe learn how to outsmart it if I can't defeat it. Maybe touch bases with others who are having the same problems.
Thanks in advance,
Never give up! Never surrender!