I am a new member and am tring to post in the right spot (hopefully) I searched around for a while on here and read some articles and posts, but can't seem to find anyone with my particular symptoms (maybe because I am not looking in the right place so sorry if that is true).
Here goes.. I am a 30 year old female in relatively good health. I have a history of lower back pain that radiates down my right leg (through my butt). This has occurred off and on for several years, since I was approximately 17. Sometimes it is so bad I can't even put weight down on my leg, other times I am able to deal with it ok with advil and a heating pad at night.
My job, which is in a casual pizza/sandwich shop seems to make it worse. Lots of standing in one spot, hunched over a counter, or if not doing this then lifting things, cleaning things, etc. I did go to my primary doctor when I was about 20 with this complaint, and he sent me for a X-ray, nothing there. I went to physical therapy for as long as insurance would allow, about three months, but it did not seem to help very much and there was never any actual diagnosis other than lower back pain. The pain continued but since nothing was found I stopped complaining, what is the point. (I also had some other issues, endometriosis and cysts that I was dealing with at the time and there is only so many doctors I can handle or afford.)
Anyway, fast forward to why I sought out this forum. I have recently (in the last 9 months or so) started to experience the additional joy of my toes in my right foot burning, tingling (not the athlete's foot type either
, and sometimes throbbing pain. It does not seem to have much to do with anything I am doing, although it occurs more when I am standing than laying down. I did mention it to my doctor (a neurologist I see for migraines I have due to hormone therapy after a complete hysterectomy) and he did some physical tests to rule out MS, told me to change my shoes and stay off my feet more?
Well, I have changed my shoes several times much to my pocketbook's dismay, lol, and tried staying off my feet, not doing anything for me. Now I have been dealing with the back, butt, leg, pain for a long time with no complaint, but not sure if the burning, tingling, throbbing toes brings this to a new level. Or where I should head if it does. I have to say that I had more than my fill of doctors' appointments (no offense to any doctors) during and after my hysterectomy last year, so I haven't really been looking forward to opening up this can of worms, but now I am to the point where I can barely or not really do my job, and it is interfering with my personal life greatly as well. I have actually been looking for a less strenuous job, but don't know if that will help or not as it hurts when I am at home or out shopping too. So, any pointers, tips for the type of doctor I should try to see, if I should indeed see someone, questions I should ask, would be welcome. Sorry so long and hopefully I have covered all the bases. Sorry if I am repeating others' questions or story here.