Hello everyone here, I am new to spine-health but not new to this back pain stuff. Here it goes..I am very healthy 23 year old female. I have never had any health issues or surgeries of any kind. I got in an auto accident back in Oct. of 2009, only going 20mph and I have had back and leg pain ever since with terrible muscle spasms.
I saw my reg doctor first and he ordered and MRI in Nov. of 09, the report said I had an annular tear with bulged disc L4-L5. 3 months of Physical Therapy was ordered with Soma 300 and Lortab 7.5 prescribed. (The meds made me comfortable enough to under go hard biofreeze massages and PT workouts. It def took the edge off) Doc said I would heal over time, it would just take awhile. I was reffered to and orthopaedic doc, who then got me and epidural injection because I showed no signs of improvement. He then told me I had a herniated dic, and reffered me to a Neuro Surgeon when I showed no relief after the injection. He prescribed me Zanaflex 4mg and Vicoprophen 7.5. (Again, these meds didn't take the pain completly away, but took the edge off enough to get up out of bed in the morning)Neuro guy didn't think I was a surgery candidate and that I didn't have a herniated disc, weird.
He reffered me over to a rehab/pain managemnt doc. This new guy completely evaluated me, and came to the conclusion that I have facet joint problems and it isn't my disc that is causing all my pain and spasms. More phys ther was ordered, and some Relafen 500mg and Zanaflex 4mg. Physical therapist says now that b/c of my facet joint issues, it is making me walk differently and resulted in my pelvis tilting. So he is working on getting that back to normal, he says. It is a very painful experience, he massages my hip bones very hard and pushes them down (like he's moving my pelvis) while i lay on back w/ knees bent.
I have only done this new physical therapy twice and I feel like I got hit by a car all over again. It's very painful but I do feel like it may work? Anywhoo, the Relafen hasn't been helping me AT ALL so I called them about it and they prescribed some Voltaren 74mg, its been 5 days and IT ISN'T helping me either!! I am absolutly miserable and can barely get out of bed in the AM. I think that it sucks that I have to keep calling this dr to get some meds that actually work. And he doesn't even get me any that DO work. I look back now and see that the meds I had before WERE helping me way more than just an anti-inflammatory med. I just don't know what to do, any advice is helpful. I go back to see him on 8/10/10, but I just don't think I can wait that long.
Sorry so long I am just so frustrated I could pull mine and this dr's hair out!