I've had chronic low back pain for 13 years. Unless I am lying down I am always in pain. Lately the pain has extended to my hip. The doctor says the back muscle wraps around to the front of the hip and that's where the pain is. Although I am 70 years old I don't seem to have any serious arthritis issues (yet!).
I take Tramadol and Gabapentin for the pain three times a day and have for about 12 years. Lately they don't seem to help. I also use a TENS machine all day which helps a bit.
I swim laps for 30 minutes each day and do stretches daily. I can't walk much because I also have chronic knee pain.
My diagnosis is Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Basically soft tissue problems. MRIs and x-rays of my back and knees do not show anything.
Because I've been in pain for so long I have also developed fibromyalgia which mostly makes my thighs and upper arms feel like they are bruised.
I have tried everything you can imagine: pain clinics, every type of injection with and without steroids, acupuncture, Reiki, self-hypnosis, chiropractor (I go weekly), botox injections and recently medical marijuana. I'm sure I'm forgetting something.
I get SO depressed. Always tired. Unable to travel or do many things my friends can do. I can't imagine spending another 10 years like this.
I wish I could stop feeling sorry for myself. I need someone to slap me upside the head!