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Posted By : Leahcar - 4/30/2016 3:05 AM
Hi all, I've noticed most of the posts written are from a while back so I'm not too sure on how much of a response I'll get back but if anything I think I just need to vent.. I'm a 22 year old female and have just been diagnosed with sacroiliitis.. I have had back, hip and leg pain for a few years now and never really did anything about it because I always had other health problems, I have stomach ulcers, I have had lumps in my breast which was a long grooling process before I found out it was benign, and I've also been dealing with food intolerances the last few years, so between trying to work out all these problems, work (I manage and work within a cleaning company) and study, I always just told myself "it's just a bad back, you'll be fine" but with pain getting worse and realizing that pain gets worse at night or in cold weather, I finally went and spoke to my doctor.. Now that we know what it is, I'm being sent for more X-rays and blood tests to work out the severity of it. She's also worried about my neck but she didn't say too much about it. So I've obviously been researching and reading everyone's stories.. And I'm going to be honest, I'm terrified. I'm in so much pain majority of the time and it's getting me so down.. I'm currently living with my boyfriend and my mum, and they're both so worried about me that I find it hard to talk to them and tell them how I'm feeling, and I feel like my friends don't understand because they're in the party stage of their lives.. I guess I'm just sad that my body is doing this at only 22, I feel like I can't really catch a break. Anyway, heat packs and hot baths help with the pain but I can't really take many pain killers because they don't help with my ulcers. If anyone is reading this and can give me tips for pain relief or any sort of advice, it would be very much appreciated sad

Posted By : couchtater - 4/30/2016 11:31 PM
I have had back issues for most of my life. Physical therapy helped me a lot. I learned how to adjust my movements to avoid things that hurt me.
I put pillows where it helps support a weak spot. Thermal heat wraps help me. I purchased a small TENS unit at walmart and place it at sore spots.

Can you tolerate muscle relaxers?
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Posted By : Leahcar - 5/1/2016 12:04 AM
Hi Joy, I think I'll be trying physical therapy but not 100% sure yet as my doctor is waiting for more tests until we discuss all the options. I just don't know what to do for the pain until then. I sleep with with a pillow between my legs for comfort at night and also use a heat pack but that's about all he relief I can get :( I don't know much about muscle relaxers? What can you tell me about it? Thanks so much for replying

Posted By : couchtater - 5/1/2016 4:27 PM
I can't tolerate most muscle relaxers because they affect me mentally, but I've heard others praise them.

I was on cataflam a few years ago and started bawling like a baby in front of my classroom. So I try to avoid them for that, but my back was feeling great while on them.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

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