This is my first time posting on a site like this but I've been in pain for over a year now and I don't know what to do. I suffer from chronic back pain that builds over the course of the day and radiates from my butt all the way to the middle of my back. The pain centers around the spinal cord but is especially painful in the muscles. I have had no physical accident.
I have run through orthopedists, neurologists, chiropractors and they've all tried things that do not help. I've had an MRI of my entire spinal cord and brain, with and without contrast, no lesions at all and no significantly bulging discs.
My pain reaches its pinnacle about 4 - 5pm and is much better with movement, standing, and physical exercise. Sitting down at the computer is the killer. I'm also suffering from a lack of sleep which doesn't help things.
Here's the kicker, painkillers kind of touch my pain but benzo's knock it out entirely (xanax, ativan), what is going on? What is this? I can't stay on benzo's forever and I don't know what to do. My last neurologist wants me to try Pristiq, an antidepressant, but I'm not depressed. He maybe thinks this is a form of chronic muscle contraction syndrome but this usually starts with a headache, which I don't have.
Does anyone have any idea what is going on? Thank you in advance!