Hello all. I am a 38 year old female from big old Texas. I have headaches and migraines, pain in my lower back, upper back, and neck. I have have always had headaches here and there, but after the birth of my fourth child they became worse in pain and daily, and migraines came once or twice a week along with the lower back pain. I tried to ask my OB if this was normal due to the fact that I had gotten an epidural. What I tried to tell everyone, that only the nurse, myself, and anesthesiologist knew, was that he stuck me in the back 3 times before he got it right on the fourth try. This guy was totally distracted, talking to the nurse and answering his cell phone. Eventually even the nurse told him to just pay attention to what he was doing. All that aside, everyone says epidurals do not cause lasting headaches and definitely not back pain. Needless to say, the headaches never stopped. The back pain in my lower back, that was a dull ache in the beginning, grew into real pain within 3 years time with new pain beginning in my upper/mid back right at my bra line.
I had my son in 2010. By 2012 I was in my GPs about my headaches, migraines, and back pain. They did get an Mir for on my head. I went through quite a few meds for the headaches that I could not take due to the fact that they would knock me out. I have 4 children. At the time they were 2, 3, 8, 12. I could not be falling asleep with babies at home, nor could I relax in a dark quiet room with the onset of every headache. But my Dr. Just looked at me like I was crazy and said that is what needed to happen and these are the meds and if you can't take them, oh well. I think I ended up with butap APAP. And for my back it was just muscle relaxers and ibuprofen, which I had been taking any way and, it wasn't cutting it.
After a year (2013)of dealing, and having gone back to my GPs a couple of times they finally sent me for an MRI of my mid to ower back. The report stated a few slight herniations and arthritis. They told me at 35 I basically had the the back of a 60yr old, and I had no reason to be in the pain I was saying I was in. And this is where it all started going downhill for me. I had a very hard time convincing them that my pain was very real. They did give me about a week worth of vicodin and told me they could do more tests. I think they did some blood work. But honestly, they weren't very nice about all of it in the end and I didn't really want to go back. In the meantime my husband convinced me to see a spine Dr. I made the appt and had my MRI faxed over just to be told that this was nothing. He deals with patients that are much worse off needing surgery and I just needed a chiropractor. He gave me a small script for tramadol, which did absolutely nothing for me. I found a chiropractor who actually looked at the MRI image and was concerned with my extremely lower facets and did a six week therapy on me. Didn't stop the pain. (Tramadol was gone.) He referred me to a pain management Dr who put injections in my lower back, well my facets. So low, the injection sites were almost at my tailbone. (Now, mind you, all this time I am also complaining of my mid to upper back and everyone's only concern is my lower back.) This all also didn't change anything. I was to go back to him but in the mean time I went to my GP to try to get some meds to alleviate the pain while trying to fix the problem with this other Dr. My gp was VERY ugly to me. Gave me some me vicodin and pretty much told me not to come there asking for anything else. Back to the PM Dr that doesn't give meds. Only does injections and procedures......About a month later he burnt the facet nerves. Although I did feel a slight change in pain for a while, this was not the source of the problem. I still had PAIN. He then referred me to a Dr for surgical analysis/screening but I couldn't see him. He didn't take any insurance and it was $500 for a consolation plus an MRI and X-Rays at his facility (no ins) so he could read them. I was looking to pay $900 and that was just the first visit.
That was the beginning of 2014. I had been told by 4 doctors, that were not very nice to me, they had done what they could and that I should not be feeling the pain that I was feeling. But I was in pain and afraid to seek any more help from anywhere else. Doctors are not nice and they just looked at me like I was crazy and I just wanted a hand full of meds. And so my suffering began. My husband begged me to seek other doctors or (God forbid) go back to our GP. No way. I would have anxiety just thinking about it. Everything in my life came to a halt. I have even been the worst mother ever, only doing what is absolutely necessary to get by. Last year I only had one child out of school, and this year they are now all in. I got to the point where I could barely drag myself out of bed everyday and dreaded my kids getting off the bus in the afternoon. My Quality of life was 0. I recently feel as though I have a pinched nerve in my neck as I have hot or numbing "funny bone" type pain shooting into my left shoulder down my left arm. My husband was talking to a childhood friend who suffered loads of nerve damage from an accident and got that name of his doctor. He is a neurologist/pain management Dr. I made an appointment. This was literally a month ago. He put me on the butrans patch. I'm up to 15mcg right now hoping for the 20 and Lyrica. I also take zonegram for headache prevention and rizatriptain for migraines. I got an MRI from head to tailbone and go back to see him on the 26th of this month. He was very nice and didn't seem to understand why no one would help me with my pain. Hopefully he is heaven sent. Thanks for reading my story if you did. I look forward to reading a great many things on these forums.
*Spinal arthritis *DDD *cervical steroid injections (2016)
*degenerated disks w/pinched nerve C5/C6 & C6/C7(needs surgery)
*worst herniations T7/T8 & L3/L4
*(2013) Facet injections twice
*(2013) Facet denervations