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22, arthritis in lower back, nothing helps!

Hi all. I'm 22, a mother to an active 1 year old, and a professional photographer. I've had lower back pain for years that worsened when I was pregnant with my son. I've finally got insurance and have been doing check ups and dentist appts for most of the year.

Two weeks ago, I saw a doctor (whom I really respect) over my migraines and back pain. After an x-ray and speaking to him about my pain, he told me I have arthritis in my lower spine. He offered injections and we did them that very day, two Friday's ago. I experienced an immediate "steroid flush" over the next few days. Fever, increase in pain, fatigue, sensitive/painful skin, etc. All of those symptoms have gone, except for NO relief of the pain.

The only thing I'm on for pain is 5mg flexeril (muscle relaxer) and it's like taking a single tylenol as far as pain. Unfortunately, I have a record for having a lot of pain medicine prescriptions (just low doses of norco's) because I suffered from gallbladder disease for all of 2013 and had to be seen in the ER many, many times. Not to mention just this year, I had a wisdom tooth extracted, a molar extracted, and a dry socket.

I have an appointment tomorrow and I need something. I need something to stop this massive pressure and pain that I have in my lower back. The only time it fades is when I am laying in bed. Sitting, standing for more than 3 minutes, or walking more than 60 feet is enough to make me feel stiff as a board and almost in tears from pain. I just...don't know how to explain what I'm feeling. I'm kind of jaded when it comes to doctors because I've seen many that just think I'm some sort of drug seeker, so I am afraid to speak up to my doctor and tell him what I'm feeling.

Any advice? I feel like I'm too young to be in this much pain. I want to play and run with my son. I want to do my job and not be miserable once I get home and sit down.



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