I get horrid muscle spasms in my lower back when I have to sit too long. Not always, but when the cortisone injections into my SI joints wear off. My rheumy told me that the SI joint inflammation and the degenterative problems in my lumbar spine are causing the muscle spasms. I have to take a narcotic to get any relief. Muscle relaxers do not work on the problem for me.
Have you ever had injections into your SI joints? Is that something you can possibly have? My rheumy sent me to a physician that does nothing but treat back problems. This doctor does not prescribe pain killers. He only does injections, prescribe PT, or refer to surgery when appropriate. The SI joint injections give me 4-6 months of relief. Unfortunately, a person can only do these a couple times a year. Also, my doctor encouraged me to wait as long as possible between injections. I think that there is the possibility that they can become less effective over time.
The other thing is I don't seem to have problems with the muscle spasms when I'm on prednisone. But we both know that being on prednisone comes with its own set of problems.
Do you need to have a referral to see a specialist? Could you get yourself to a spine rehabilitation specialist?
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