Back pain, nothing is working

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   Posted 2/27/2012 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I apologise as this is going to be long winded. I need some advice and support as I feel I am now depressing everyone around me with constant talk about my back this my back that!
Basically back in may last year I was at my fittest, I was playing rugby, doing Zumba, swimming, gym going and jogging. One day I was loading the dishwasher and my back went into spasm on the Right hand side stabbing pain immediately right of L1 and the one above, which spread around to my ribs at the front and down through my pelvis. I was off work for 6 weeks. By the end of that 6 weeks I finally got an appointment for Physio. I got to the point where all I had was this occasional pain into my pelvis. I went back to work on a busy medical assessment unit. Over the following 10 days my back got steadily worse again until finally I woke up one morning in agony. The muscle to the right of my spine (I think my QL) was in deep spasm and the vertebrae above L1 was stuck. I was stuck forwards and to the right the only way I could get any relief was by leaning Onto my right knee. Another 7 weeks off work later and regular Physio sessions and I felt I was able to go back to work on a gradual return. By now I was getting more and more anxious and low. I was still unable to exercise and was petrified that my back would spasm again, the pain was so unbearable!
I managed 4 months back at work, during which time I got a new job much less physically demanding and much more enjoyable. But it took anwhile to sort out the paperwork so I could start the new job. I was at this point able to run short distances and carry water onto the pitch for my old team mates. Two weeks before I was due to start my new job, I was still having Physio and he was about to refer me on to a consultant Physio. As I still had this niggly pain just right of my spine and the QL kept tightening up no matter what I did. He got another Physio to have a look at me. She
manipulated my spine by pushing it from the left side over to the right. Since then I have not known which way is up! I struggle to hold myself upright for long. I am incredibly anxious and now depressed. I have seen a chiropractor who says he is running out of ideas. Because while he can get me to a couple of days with minimal pain, it always comes back. I am now on cocodamol, naproxen, and amitriptyline. And I am at the end of my tether. I usedto be such a happy person, and now I am just miserable to be around. I cry all the time. It's horrible. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 2/27/2012 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter found acupuncture gave her relief. I have just started getting chronic pain in the upper back, neck and shoulder area.....I've been doing pilates workouts and they really work well. Pilates seem to work all the little muscles and help strengthen your core muscles quickly. Hope you start feeling you can get back to all that physically active stuff you enjoy.

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   Posted 2/27/2012 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Endofmytether and welcome to the chronic pain forum. I am sorry to read that you are having such a hard time getting things under control. That is so frustrating when our bodies decide to have a mind of their own and no matter what we try it does not last for very long.

You mentioned seeing a chiropractor, have you been seen by an orthopedic specialist, perhaps one that practices sports medicine? That may be something to consider. Something is going on somewhere for you to be having this trouble for this long with no real great improvement that lasts. May be you need to have some testing done like an MRI scan to check things out.

You mentioned everyone getting tired of hearing about your health issues, this is real common. People that are healthy have no clue what it is like for someone that is not just like them. Whats worse is many times we have no real explanation for what is going on with us, so how can we explain it to someone else and expect them to understand. I was tired of hearing myself talk about my issues so I stopped talking about them and still pretty much say little to anyone else. I know in the beginning I was probably dwelling on it too much too and let is consume me and that not good. We need to constantly be trying and doing things to distract ourself from the pain. We should not rely on just medication to make us feel better.

I think I would be looking to find another dr to look at me for a consult to see what he/she thinks may be going on. It never hurts to get a 2nd opinion.

Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.
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