I've been lurking around the site for a while and I finally am posting. Who'd have thought.
I suppose I should start at the beginning. I woke up, the middle of the night in October, screaming in pain from my back and have been in pain ever since. I was treated for a kidney infection initially, twice, but still had pain, went to the doctor, was referred to the pain specialist, and have had 2 normal MRIs, 2 lumbar injections, 1 thoracic facet injection (where the pain is), and have had not a single ounce of relief. I've had a normal CBC, ANA blood tests done a month of physical therapy and still nothing. If anything, it hurts more. The doctor said since I don't have any herniation or bulges, I should be fine. I went to another GP to look at my situation, but she essentially said there is nothing to do, and nothing wrong. I don't know if it's related, but I suspect it is--I have frequent migraines from neck/shoulder pain/neck and muscle spasm, but that has been years before, and is being (mainly) treated now by the Botox injection--PTL.
I'm at my wit's end. My pain doc told me to get off the pain killers because that is the only thing she thinks could be causing the pain. I understand the reasoning behind this, but since I've only been on them since the pain began, I don't think I can agree. My whole body seems stiffer and stiffer, I can barely get out of bed some days, am exhausted and just completely overwhelmed. My hip is popping every time I try to dress myself. It's just not pretty.
I've been trying to do my own research, as I spend my life researching other things, but don't even know what to do at this point.
I just...I don't know what to do anymore. This is the second time I've gone through this--the first time being 5 years ago. There isn't anything "visibly" wrong, so they dismiss me, my pain. I don't know what, if anything, to do. I've gained 30+ pounds during this time period, am grumpy from the steroids and am in more pain. Any thoughts or advice? I'd take any ounce.