I am new to this site, thoguh not new to my back pain. Started in my late 20s, 20 years ago, when my back started 'locking' and I couldn't move for a few moments. X-ray showed previous Schuerrmans disease (not sure of the spelling) and I've had pain ever since, but manageable with strong pain killers. Until January this year, when I had a bout of acute spasms in my thoracic (left) area of my back and was off work for a month. It eased up with Diclofenac though never went away. Last week, my back completely 'went'. I was reading in bed and just slightly shifted my position and oh, the pain, my back just froze in the worst spasm and the most immense pain I have ever suffered in my life. I was totally stuck, couldn't move an inch for the pain that I can only describe as feeling like a thousand electric shocks. I was stuck like that for 5 hours until it eased. The doctor sent me for an X-ray and I get the results next week. In the meantime, I am stuck at home, barely able to walk cos the muscles in my thoracic spine just don't seem to be able to support my body (and I'm not overweight). I'm taking diclofenac, co-dydramol for the pain, and diazepam to help with the spasms. I am so depressed about the state I'm in. I am only 46 years old and feel like an old lady. I only hope that my X-ray shows something, cos I can't live my life like this. It makes you feel useless and helpless.
Does anyone have any ideas what my problem could be? My doc mentioned facet joints.
Thanks for listening - feels better just getting it off my chest. Folks around me just don't understand - unless they have suffered themselves.