My 15 year old daughter has been having progressive, chronic back pain since the beginning of the year. She also says the pain radiates up her back at times and around her left hip area. By July, her back pain progressed to being so severe she is unable to participate in almost any activity. Sitting, standing, walking are all painful. By the time school started mid-August, she was only able to make a few days. Doctors didn't take her back pain seriously (said it was because she was overweight) until Sept when they ordered an x-ray. An x-ray showed mild disc herniation and the Orthopedic Pain Mgmt doctor suspected a stress fracture. Weeks later with a back brace and pain worsening, they did an MRI with no significant findings.
The Pain Mgmt Doc performed a pain injection in the L4-L5 area. He noticed on the x-ray that he uses for the pain injection, that she had calcification and arthritis in her SI joints. CT scans were done of the lower lumbar spine with no significant findings...meaning the suspected stress fracture wasn't present. He then did another injection about a week ago in the SI joints with no reduction of pain.
Meanwhile, my daughter is virtually bedridden from pain and even sitting in the car for 10 minutes is excruciating. She wakes up several times a night in pain despite being on hydrocodone (which I'd like to stop) and muscle relaxers and various sleep meds. She cannot pick things up off of the floor and is having difficulty with normal life skills. She desperately wants to be back in school and out with her friends but just can't. When she tries, the pain the next day is even more unbearable.
I'm at a loss and I don't even know where to go from here. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. She's too young to be having this kind of chronic pain!