FRUSTRATED WITH MY DOCTORS...WONDERING IF I'M CRAZY
I have been suffering from low back pain on the right side for about 10 years now. I thought at first that it was just due to bad posture. I have always had a desk job and sit at a computer all day, which makes it worse.
I have not had any major back injuries but I have had several automobile accidents over the years. Also, my daughter is 10 years old, which makes me think pregnancy could have something to do with it.
I always felt like my hips were out of whack. It has gotten progressively worse over the years and has become unbearable at times. I started out seeing my family physician. He prescribed muscle relaxers and said everything would be fine.
The muscle relaxers did not help and he refused to do any X-rays, stating that it wasn't necessary. So I found a new primary care physician and she suggested I see a chiropractor because the pain in my back felt like it was "stuck" and needed to be cracked and popped.
I have been seeing a chiropractor for a year now, at least every two weeks. I have had relief in other areas, but never in the low back on the right side. The pain now radiates into my buttocks and down the back and side of my right leg.
I have seen an orthopedic doctor, have had 2 MRIs — one of my low back and one of my pelvis. The orthopedic doctor diagnosed me as having degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my facet joints.
He sent me to physical therapy 3 times a week for 4 weeks which cost me $800.00. That provided absolutely no relief whatsoever. At my follow-up appointment the orthopedic surgeon said he could not see anything he could physically fix so he sent me to a physiatrist who specializes in physical medicine.
She diagnosed me with SI Joint dysfunction and a gluteus medius tear. She sent me to have two SI Joint Injections 4 weeks apart. The dr. that performed the injections stated that he saw on the MRI that I also had a mild herniated disc, which was the first time I had heard about that.
The injections provided a very small amount of relief, but the pain never went away. After a couple of weeks, the pain was back in full force. I went for my follow-up with the physiatrist and was told that there was nothing else she could do for me.
I have been doing exercises such as planks and pelvic tilts. I have been seeing a massage therapist for about 2 months which provides little relief.
I just went to see another orthopedic doctor today and was told that there is nothing he can see on the MRI's or bone scan that requires surgery. I never said I wanted surgery, I just want a correct diagnosis so the pain will go away. He is sending me to a doctor that specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
I am extremely frustrated and while I try to keep a good attitude it is very hard and sometimes I get very depressed.
Since the doctors can't find anything wrong it makes me look stupid to my friends and family, so I try not to complain to anyone about it. I feel like I have tried everything and don't know who else to turn to.
Hopefully stumbling on to this site will be the answer for me.