Please help. I am ready to see the light at the end of this tunnel.
I am a 26 year old female with severe lower back pain. I have been dealing with this pain for about 5 - 6 years now.
My biggest concern right now is trying to find a correlation between my menstrual cycle and my back pain.
About 2 years ago, I noticed that my pain was more intense around the week before I started my period. Interestingly enough, as I was looking into this connection, I became pregnant. My back pain seemed to just disappear during the entire pregnancy. I felt great!
Even after I had my son, and had not started my period again, the pain was nonexistent. However, when my period started up again postpartum, the pain returned and seems worse than ever. I have again noticed that my back pain starts about a week or two prior to the start of my period. Usually, it is gone within about a week.
Is it too coincidental that the pain went away when I wasn't having my period? Thoughts?
Here is a description of the pain I have been experiencing in the past 5 - 6 years.
The pain is in my lower back, but it can sometimes go into my butt and legs - yes, I know that is the sciatica nerve. The pain comes and goes, sometimes for as short as a day or two, but other times for as long as a couple of months.
The pain also switches from my left side to my right side. It is intensified when I am flat on my back and when I sleep and wake up in the morning. Often times, I cannot get out of bed on my own. The pain limits me from walking. I have to use a cane to keep my balance.
I have been to numerous doctors, I have had numerous tests, and I have followed numerous treatment plans. No one or no test can figure out exactly what is going on and why the pain doesn't get better.
Here is a sampling of everyone I've seen:
Here is a sampling of tests I've had done:
-360 degrees MRIs
Here is a sampling of medicines I've taken:
Here is a sampling of treatments I've tried:
-traditional physical therapy
-core strengthening exercises