Posted 3/16/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)
I need some help. I am in probably the worst flare ever and now I'm getting muscle spasms in my lower back - most likely from the unbalanced way that I'm walking. I'm doing my best to relax during work (no pain med's) and take probably the hottest showers I have ever endured when I get home, but it's not helping. I can only take pain med's when I know I'm not leaving the house (before bed) and that helps me relax enough to sleep, but they cause me intestinal issues, so I take them sparingly.
As most of you know, it's been eons since I've seen my rheumy and I have been without AS med's of any kind (except ibuprofen and pain killers) since last July. I finally will get in to see my rheumyon the 3rd of April, but I can barely walk upright without flinching. Between the intense SI pain and now the spasms in my lower back, I don't know what to do. I haven't been able to do any yoga or moderate stretching of any kind for quite a few weeks and as soon as I get up from a seated position the spasms start.
This has driven me to frequent tears and I'm not normally like this. I have never, ever experienced this level of uncontrollable pain before.
I would really appreciate any suggestions, ideas...anything to help me get through the next couple of weeks.