I'm 21 years old and nothing has helped my pain for months. I am home now and fustrated after seeing a neurosurgeon today for the pain in my lower back(upper lumbar), my hips, buttochs, and thighs; along with extreme weakness.. ~X( ..
I first found out about my back by chance, curious to see why my lower back/hips hurt. My roomate at the time needed some people to go get evaluated by a chiropractor so she could get a bonus from the chiro she worked for. So I did it and the guy tells me that i've got serious issues with my discs and he advises that I go to someone with specialities in this area. I took him seriously since my mom has had back surgery along with an aunt and soon a cousin. After seeing another chiropractor and recieving electro-shock therapy, the back top of my hips hurt more. My mom points out a red area she's noticed for weeks along the hip area that's super sore to the touch. So I end up at an orthopedic surgeon, the one who operated on her, who tells me I have 3 bulging discs after x-rays and MRI. At the age of 19 I took physical therapy and it helped. Till about 3 months ago I just put an ice pack on it and delt with it.
Then one night, September 12, the ice was not a way to deal with it. I was sitting down after a long night of serving which i did for about four years. My ex was talking and I went into a zone. My vision blurred and I remember shaking my head in a "no" action. He was calling my name but i sat silently with no responce. Finally I snapped out of it and yelled "nothing!". He said "yes there is, what is it"? "My back" I responded.
That night I didn't sleep, it was so painful. The next day I called my orthopedic surgeon and waited 17 days with the pain nonstop till I saw him, hopeing he'd fix it. He says "you have degenerate discs. non-reversable. it will only get worse. the only way to stop it is surgery". Then adding "you are so young to have these problems". I will never forget it. I said "I don't want to have surgery". He shrugged his shoulders, walked out and came back with a perscription of tremadoll and steroids. He says this should help with the swelling and get you through this spell". Well the tremadoll did nothing for me(I still haven't found a pain killer that helps, pills that mess with my head don't help the pain either :B I've tested them all) and the steroids didn't help a bit either. So then I take my mother with me to even out the age difference if ya know what I mean
. So we sit and wait, for hours and I think I'll puke from the pain. He still says surgery is the only option. Well I mention how I wanna try everything before surgery and he sets me up for physical therapy and shots(the back kind, scary?) So I go to therapy and leave in tears and an ache that keeps me hunched over. Too scared of shots still to do it, scared they'll hurt me. Well when i noticed i was losing my bladder control and digestion in general, I called my ortho again. His nurse tells me to go to the emergency room, I said "what would they do for me"? She says "...take an x-ray". Well i've got enough x-rays. So I called a neurosurgeon...
...Well he takes me in the next day. He says "You sure are young to have these problems." Taps my back, and tests my reflexes and strength in my feet and from the knee down. He puts up my x-rays and says "everything looks fine" :O . He askes me about my symptoms and says "if there is burning it's an infection, and there's no way you have degenerate discs. :O " I said "my buttochs hurts, my legs are weak, and I have no burning when I urinate." He says "well we can have an MRI done...". I said "I'd like that since my orthopedic surgeon wants to operate". :?? Being rushed around I was feeling confused since I was hurting and I was just told nothing was wrong with me. I then have an MRI done(the table is hard, the room is cold and i'm practicly naked, the noise is so loud it causes me to tense up). By the end of the thing my left side is killing me, from the upper hip through my buttochs and outside of my upper thigh. The MRI lady comes to get me and says "you sure are young to have these problems" :jawdrop: . I was like "?". I told her how I was hoping it was just in my head, the doctor said nothing was wrong. She says "I'm going to take him your old MRI and your new one to compare. And see if he'll meet with you to discuss." I'm like wow what's going on, All I recall is saying my bum hurts to her before I had the MRI. So he calls me back there and says the MRI looks identical to the old one. Shows me some slides clicking the mouse from a side view to frontal veiws of each disc. He says "you see the discs? they look just fine." with a glance to his watch. I responded with "I can't read those things, but yeah." His opinion is a muscular issue is causing my pain and gives me a perscription for physical therapy :? . Since I am in PAIN and confused, I just want to go home. So I pay my copay and get home. I open my envelope thing enclosing my x-rays and MRIs to pull 'em out and study 'em myself... The MRIs are not there!!! Now I'm really confused :S ... Does the doctor have both of my MRI's? Why didn't he show me both? Did he just forget to give them to me? Or did he not get the new one or my old one? seriously?
I know I'm 21 and "I sure am young to have these problems" but I really do. I've had the constant pain consisting of an ache, sharp radiating, to the touch, and absolutely breath taking from deep inside for over 2 months. I have burning in my thighs on the outside above my knee and below my hip joint, sometimes the area itches but I scratch and it's not really an itch(it hurts so I rub it). My feet feel weird, tingling and numb. My legs seem like bricks, heavy. And I weigh 110 pounds at 5'7" and have always been light footed and a speedy walker. I'm so slow and weak now. I'm getting worse... I feel old :O
Anyone know for sure what I've got going on? Time seems precious to me, I just want some help.