I too want to welcome you to Healing Well Chronic Pain forum, you definitely have come to the right place for support! I think you will find the people here to be like family, a caring and compassionate family who will listen and always try to be there for you. Has your PT tried ultrasound and muscle strengthing exercises on you? and also hot pack on your back? It sounds like this has been going on for some time. I often think that some doctors do not take back pain seriously with younger people, and that is to bad. So if you do not get any relief, keep pressing your doctors for answers. Xrays show bones and bone structures, but little in the way of nerves and soft tissue, and cartilage. So if you are having any type of nerve impingement that is causing your problems an MRI would be the thing to have to show that. Anyway if you start developing any problems with pain going into your limb, or numbness and tingling make sure your see your Doctor promptly. Because that is an indicator of something else going on that definitely needs to be addressed! But in the mean time you have been given some very good advice, and strengthing your muscles in your back and also in your abdomin will go allong way to helping your back and possibly relieving some of your pain.
You have definitely came to the right place wisteriawhispers and when you are frustrated, come and vent here, well all care about each other, and we will always lend you our ears and listen to you! You are nolonger alone with your pain when you are here on this forum!
I do wish you well, and hope you find some relief to your pain, and I hope you are successfull with your classes! I know it must be really tough on you to take classes and study while suffering in pain, but try and do your best, education is so important in todays society!
Good Luck to you!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!