Hello! I am a frequent visitor to this site to read fellow back-pain sufferer stories and get second-hand advice. I have been suffering from chronic pain since age 8 (yes, Eight!) and figured it was time to finally make an account here. I have some questions about possible
So my family history is full of chronic pain and back issues, especially on my mother's side. At age 8 I had a very hard fall on my tailbone. I was being babysat at the time by a rather harsh older woman who told me to suck it up and gave me a hot bath for the pain. That was just after school at 3:30. I stayed in the tub until after 7 when my parents came home because I couldn't move. After the babysitter assured them it wasn't serious they let her on her way and I was basically just sent to bed. My mother let me have a few days off school, but I never went to the doctor or ER.
Fast forward to 12, where my whining for the last 4 years finally earned me a visit to the doctor for my back. He suggested bad posture from sitting at a desk for school and suggested a dooughnut pillow. I used the pillow for about 2 days before the teasing from the other kids made me "lose" it on my way home one day. Suffice it to say, it did nothing anyways.
Now I take you to age 15; my first X-Ray. While I was laying on the table, I kept telling the technician he seemed to be aiming the camera too far up my back. "No no, this is where it says to look," he responded. Sure enough, when my doctor looked over the x-rays with me it was my mid back and not the lower tailbone region where the pain seemed to be the most.
Around 16/17 I developed neck pain, stiffness and migraines.
At 18 I had an accident with my little brother. He was just under 2 and I was giving him a "pony ride" on all fours. Without warning I felt a huge release of something in my lower back on the left side. It was like an explosion blowing out and I was immediately in excruciating pain. All I can remember is screaming for someone to grab my brother off me (I didn't want him to hurt his head on the tile, being so young) and when whoever it was lifted him off I let myself drop. My doctor said I "pulled a muscle" without giving me any examination - just from my description of the event - and sent me on my way with the suggestion of rest and a few Ibuprofen.
We forward now to when I was 21. Bringing a load of wet laundry upstairs to hang on the line, I felt a similar POW of energy release from my back. I was literally stuck bending forward about 45 degrees. My mother drove me to the hospital where I was given a muscle relaxant shot in my back, and prescription for T3's. I begged the doctor on call to do something to look at the problem, be it x-ray, MRI or even just a basic physical look over but he brushed it off with saying he didn't want to further my risk for cancer with the amount of radiation I'd be exposed to, and that I was too young for anything major to be wrong. So home I went with no help yet again.
At 23 I had an odd experience where I got another one of those large releases of energy, but this time in my neck on the left side. I was stuck looking at about 10 o'clock and completely unable to move my neck or head. I walked slowly the 10 blocks or so from work where I had to leave early and was given another muscle relaxant shot, then sent on my way with no examination.
So now here I am; 24 years old and in constant pain. My symptoms are as follows:
-constant strong aching in lower back/left buttocks and down to behind my knee
-leg is tingly, feels like it's asleep in behind the knee especially
-random movements (twisting wrong, trying to sit up, a bumpy road on the bus, climbing stairs) cause very intense, sharp pains sparking from the buttocks and shooting down my leg
-bouts of burning sensations that is extreme in the buttocks and thigh
-no relief from switching positions (eg. sitting to laying down, sitting to standing)
-neck stiffness and aching
-have had a few bladder 'accidents'
-reflex tests (the ones with the little hammer) show very small, brisk and jittery movements
-increased light sensitivity
I know I have "sciatica" but does anyone have any ideas as to the cause of it? I am going for an x-ray next week (my new doctor says something seems off to him, thank goodness he is actually taking me seriously...) and I'm just so curious now that the possibility of a diagnosis is on the horizon.
Thanks for taking the time to read such a long post.