Eight months ago I woke up one morning to sudden horrific very lower back (tailbone) pain with pressure/pain that radiated to the buttocks. I suffered pretty bad for few weeks (one day I thought I was going to die it was so bad, but it passed). I was talking loads of OTC drugs - this did help somewhat. I did mention it to my doctor, who suggested I pulled something.
For the next six - seven months or so this pain came and went, but didn't interfere with my life, it was just annoying and uncomfortable.
About six weeks ago the pain came again, but this time it just got worse and worse. Went family doctor and orthoped. Both gave pain meds and was sent for bone scan. Meanwhile the pain was getting more intense. I felt like I was going to give birth to an elephant! A bit of pain radiating to the hips, but no sciatica at this point. (I am familiar with sciatica as I had it bad when I was pregnant 7 years ago, and randomly again about 4 years ago. (My 'magical' chiropractor fixed the sciatica.)
Finally about 3 weeks ago the pain was so horrific (it was the very lower back that I could no longer take, but also had the pressure/pain radiating to the buttocks) that I went to the ER at 1am. They did a back x-ray (all was OK), gave me a shot of something that helped and sent me home.
A few days later the pain was worse than labor pains (and I have high pain tolerance, I had a home birth, etc.) Went to the ER (different one, got a shot of something but it did nothing, got a shot of something else but it did nothing. They told me to go home and rest.
I was in such debilitating and intense pain, I just cried. I needed some relief. I couldn't take it. They admitted me to the 'spine unit'. I got Oxycod(in) pills and liquid (6cc every four hours). Finally relief!
They reviewed a CT that I had done back in May of the kidneys when I had flank pain and they thought it was a stone. They doctor said he saw a slipped disk L5 S1 with a slight bulge that was lightly pressing against the nerve. Doctor said I just need to rest. I asked if they could do back CT to see if there has been progression of the slipped disk to be cause such pain (the other CT of the kidney was 7 months od, and wasn't of the back), but he said no need.
I got an epidural/spinal shot in the hospital, but it did absolutely nothing - for all I know it was a placebo. Went home after two days.
A couple of days later the Oxycod wasn't even helping - dosage was down to 5cc twice a day at home. Called the hospital and they said to come back. I was again admitted, and they said they would do a back CT the next day, but then the doctor in charge (who acted as if he was god) said there was no need, the kidney CT from May (7 months ago) still valid! I asked about an MRI. He said no need. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I was a crying mess.
For over a month I haven't really left the house, can't move, in such pain. My life has completely been interfered. I can't take care of the kids, the house, work...nothing. My husband is angry (I can understand him), I am barely sleeping because of the pain.
I am living on Tramadol OR (the 24 hour one)300mg, pain patches (don't think they are don't much, took it off after a week and didn't replace) and Oxycod liquid (I try to take smallest dose possible). Sometimes it's 4cc twice a day, sometimes it's 6cc three, four times a day. Depends on the pain. I know most of you know this story.
I made an appointment for a pain clinic - next appointment is March. Great.
Bone scan came back fine. Family dr sent me for CT of stomach and pelvis just to be sure there was nothing there - still waiting for results. Meanwhile I was rejected (by insurance) four times for an MRI.
FINALLY I was approved for MRI, which is schedule for tomorrow. Yesterday the pain was especially bad, and I had to take extra doses of the Oxycod. Also had a bit of sciatica for the first time. Then...
Then this morning I wake up and the pain is gone!!! Huh?!
Has anyone had the pain suddenly stop after such horrific debilitating and intense pain? I know I slept good too, because for the first time in five weeks or so, I feel well rested.
It's now past noon here (I don't live in America), and I haven't taken any pain meds today at all. I did take the Tramadol 300 OD last evening, so the effects of that are still working, but I ALWAYS wake up in pain. But now I feel like new! (Even during the CT on Saturday (3 days ago), lying straight on the table for five minutes brought on excruciating pain and tears.)
Honestly my absolute biggest fear is that the MRI tomorrow will look OK, and then again in a few months all of this will return..... I can't go through this again. I need the MRI to show what is going on.
Sorry this was so long. I know most of you can relate to the hell I have been living for 5, 6 weeks now (actually 8 months, but I was able to deal with pain before by taking OTC meds).
Any ideas why the pain suddenly stopped? I did read yesterday that twisting can make the pain worse, and wanted to see, so I did some twisting... did I twist-fix it? :-)
Would love to hear some opinions. Also, with the horrific pain I have been living with, is there a way for it not to show up on the MRI?
Thanks so much!