long time visitor, first time poster.
Hope you are all as well as you cam be.
I'm Chris, male, 35-year old, office/managerial occupation, was (over period of 10 years) a keen runner (20-40 miles per week). I ran (and loved it) up until the age of 30. During June 2012 I started to get a weired non-descript pain in my lower back in the gym. I ignored it. I carried on. Running hard and pushing myself (very hard) on the cardio equipment in the gym. In the space of a couple of days it became clear, as the pain changed to a very different shooting pain, that the problem was serious.
The pain developed into an almost electocuting pain from lower back to (right) foot. Much worse when I sit. It settled after a few weeks and became a solid 6.5/10 pain in my right buttock, experinced when I sit down or lay down. I experience it when I'm sat ( so when there's a bend in the back AND when there is pressure on my right buttock. It's like tooth ache in my right buttock.
After those first few weeks, this buttock pain settled and has been constant, for almost 4.5 years. It's changed me, my personality and life generally. At the start, the inability to cope with the actual pain, the mental hit I took not being able to run and the inability to manage the strong narcotics I was prescribed, led me to lose my career and my partner (and almost my home) as I slipped into an almost nervous breakdown. I was prescribed napaxon, codeine, amatrytaline, pregablin and others.
Today, over four years on, I have a new job, new partner, and life is more stable. However, the same exact pain remains. I've been progressing things, through the NHS, had two injections, one in L5S1 and one in the Sicro joint. Neither gave even a percentage point of releif. I have also done physio and persoanlly tried to strenghen core. The pain remains.
Yesterday I had a consultation for the last injection, hoping to push for surgery. It was a NO. The injections didnt offer any releif, so thry are of the opinion that the issue is not the herinated L5S1 disc. They've ordered and MRI on the pelvis to see if the issue is there?
Can anyone share a similar experience?