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AqualifeAAqualife Posts: 1
edited 10/23/2015 - 1:27 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi everyone,

Im not one for forums but these last 5 weeks have been difficult and exceedingly frustrating as I get bumped around my insurance providers available staff (MD, PA,PT) and no one is really giving me support. As being completely new to back pain (and the medication) want to hear from others whom have been down this path and hear their options on how I've been treated thus far. Here's my story...

5 weeks ago I started experiencing a dull ache in my lower back. No prior lower back issues. It begins to really bother me, pain is still low (3/10). After two weeks and no improvement I go to see a chiropractor. He makes several attempts to "get it" & it seems "locked up". I feel uncomfortable during the session, but no sharp pain. The next few days I continue working out on cardiovascular machines until day 3 and the pain has jumped to a 6-7/10. I also notice an area of swelling over my lower spine, extending slightly to the right. There is also mild discoloration bruising. I get an appointment to see the doctor asap.

During my first appointment I am scheduled with a Physicians Assistant. She does not look at the area of swelling. During the appointment she does some nuro tests, presses around and tells me it could be anything but it should be better by monday (it was thurs). She prescribes muscle relaxants, prednisone and hydrocodine.

I schedule a second appointment, again the only one available is the PA, on Tuesday. The pain has increased and my mobility is somewhat restricted. She consults another doctor who recommended PT and an MRI. The MRI appointment would not be available until three weeks. I also get an x-ray that comes back clear with a few signs of degeneration normal for a 37 year old.

Gradually the mobility decreases me to bed and pain increases to a 9/10. I begin experiencing wild electric shocks in both glutes, severe throbbing pain in my left hip, a sensation of thousands of needles across my lower back, a screwdriver in the bottom of my spine and a knife like pain that generates in the lower back stopping at the back of my knee. They increase my medication to 10mg hydrocodine every 4 hrs. This continues for a week or so more and then everything slowly eases back to 5/10. In the meantime, I request repeatedly to bring my MRI forward and am told it's standard practice to wait 6 weeks as my back will likely heal. Their solution was to schedule a PT session for me which had me crying on the table. The PT could not do many tests due to my conditions.

An interesting note is that my pain is always the worst at night.

The pain continues to ease (3/10) with a variation of the above mentioned symptoms, so long as I remain in bed and do not do anything. I cannot sit (have not been able to since this happened) and have lost 11 pounds in 4 weeks. I can do some very light duties now such as make food, but if I overextend this I suffer the consequences and am back in pain (7-8/10) for two days. I have done my absolute best to slowly minimize the hydrocodine whenever possible and down to 5mg 2-3 times a day.

Today is week 5 and I have just returned from another visit (first one with an MD) where my prescriptions were simply refilled and I was provided an (extremely painful) ketarolic 60mg injection and told to wait it out for my MRI this tueday.

Has anyone else been through a similar slow onset to severe pain? How long dis it take to return to full activity? Any comments are truly appreciated. I understand the mri is key in this diagnosis, but I want to know if what you read sounds common - both the symptoms and my treatment. Noone has been able to say what it is, although they have mentioned it could be a disc injury/pinched nerve. I pray the mri gives me an answer.

Welcome to Spine-Health

One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

Here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - When did this first start? . Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
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- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
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- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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