First time writer, apologies for the lengthy post!
I've always been quite athletic and played sports regularly since I can remember.
6 years ago, I started getting a pain around my lower back, between thoracic 11 and 12. I visited a variety of doctors and medical professionals at the time, ranging from physiotherapists to orthopedics. I also had an MRI scan, which showed everything was fine. The pain was never substantial enough to get in the way of every day activities or sports.
Late last year, after spending 3 months travelling, the pain came back even stronger, to the point I have stopped playing sports as running aggravates the pain. Over the following 9 months, I have got a wide range of strange symptoms. The left side of my lower back gradually started feeling heavier, with the muscle constantly feeling strained. One night, it suddenly felt like my spine between thoracic 11 and 12 had fused, or burnt out. In conjunction with this, my left lower back swole. Over the following months, the swelling spread to my ribs. I went private to get an MRI scan on my thoracic spine, which again came back fine. As the pain has spread into my back and my rib, the original pain in my thoracic has subsided and only returns when my lower back is stressed.
Around the same time, I started feeling like my legs constantly needed stretched, although stretching never actually helped. This pain gradually went away but came back in the last month or so with greater force, with my legs now constantly feeling heavy, tired and drained, more so my left than my right. The weak feeling also sometimes comes and goes in both my wrists. I get pins and needles in both feet that come and go as well as my left hand. I also get a strange stress behind my left ear.
I visited the emergency department after an episode last week where I got intense pins and needles down my left leg, in my left cheekbone and behind my left ear, as well as my left hand feeling numb (again, this feeling came and went). I have been referred for an MRI for my brain as well as my spine this time, however nobody seems to know what is wrong with me. I have had all bloods done, with no deficiencies and arthritis ruled out.
In the last 9 months, I have again visited all sorts of different medical professionals, to no avail. A podiatrist picked up that one of my legs is longer than the other a few months back, resulting in me buying in soles to correct the imbalance in my pelvis. This, however, has not made a difference and my symptoms and pain have only seemed to worsen over time.
Again, apologies for the lengthy message! If you have any suggestions on what the problem may be, please reply!
Thank you, I hope we all find the answers to our pains.