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For the past three years I have suffered from intense lower back pain that radiates into my right thigh, as well as a burning sensation in the saddle region of my groin.
I have a seizure disorder. My lower back/groin pain began after a particulary harsh convulsive attack, having collapsed into a coffee table. Because at the time I was uninsured, I went without the usual battery of testing. My primary physician took mercy on me, and prescribed 30mg MSCONTIN and Percocet 5mg for breakthrough pain, as well as the usual array of steroids, etc. Once I was again covered by health insurance, I under went my first M.R.I., the results of which listed only "minimal disc buldge at L4 & L5 with no compression of the spine or nerves". My doctor all but accused me of lying to him, because in his opinion my reported level of pain was disproportionate to the "injury". He immediately pulled me off of the morphine and percocet (cold turkey). I tried to explain that no matter what this M.R.I. is showing, I am truly suffering from at times horrendous pain, some times I'm not able to even get out of bed. He refused to take any thing I said seriously. Because he so abruptly discontinued the morphine and oxycodone (which I'd been on for nearly a year at that point)I fell into a state of narcotic withdrawal (a truly horrible condition I'd wish on no one.) Once I was on the better end of withdrawal, I began to experiment with cannabis medicinally. It helped with the burning sensation in my groin, as well as the lower back spasms, but not so much for the intense throbbing 8 out 10 rated pain in my lower back.
Fast forward 6 months.Still no real relief from the l.b. pain. I found a new primary physician, and he ordered a new M.R.I., as well as prescribing vicoden, 5/500. The new MRI revealed cysts on the facets at L3, as well as additional disc bulges from L3 through S1. Several months later, an acute increase in pain led to another MRI, this time showing the disc bulges to be more broad-based and extensive, mild arthritic changes, although none of these indicated spinal or nerve compression.
It's been three years, and still no diagnosis. A progressively worsening lower back with no spine or nerve compression thats causing compression-indicative pain. I keep hearing from doctors that it's not supposed to hurt as badly as it does, BUT IT DOES!
Any one else experience some thing similar? Any suggestions?