Seven years of pain - is it the psoas?
by Lori Crawford
My daughter has suffered right lower quadrant pain for 7 years. It started when she was ten. She has had every test you can think of. Doctors thought it was GI related and she had upper and lower GI tests. Then they did ultrasounds and found an ovarian cyst and said it was that. The problem didn't get any better. She has had CAT scans of every organ with and without contrast. They all turned out fine. This has been so frustrating!!
We have been to our local children's hospital that is suppose to be one of the best in the world. Everyone there thinks it is in my daughter's head. Three years ago she had her appendix out and exploratory surgery which revealed mild endometreosis. The GYN put her on birth control pills which she has been on for four years with no relieve from the pain.
One doctor said it could be her psoas. She has had several years worth of physical therapy which helps a little but doesn't last very long. She has tried chiropractic which also helped a little but as soon as she quit going the pain was back. The pain has gotten a lot worse over the past year. It will wake her from a dead sleep and she will be up for hours. It seems to be bad every morning when she wakes up and the spasms and sharp stabbing pain comes and goes all day long.
The only doctors that have helped is a massage therapist specializing in ART. Insurance doesn't cover him and at $90 a visit it's very expensive. Our latest trip has been to the Rothman Institute in PA. The sports medicine doctor ordered an MRI of the right lower quadrant and we are waiting for results from that. I do think it is her psoas muscle.
Her pelvis is tilted and her spine is twisted. Her right lower back has a bulge in it that also causes her some pain. Just picking up her right foot to put tights on in the morning causes the pain to start. We are both so frustrated! I just want my daughter to be able to go to college pain free. I want to never have to go to another doctor's office and have them think we are crazy! If anyone has any advice please let me know.