I joined and posted a long time ago. I thought I would give an update about
myself and see if anyone has any suggestions that could help me.
My pain started about
2 years ago when I was taking a combatives class. Though there was no specific injury during that time, I also took judo and between those two classes I was thrown on my back a lot and generally exercised harder than I had since 4 years ago in high school cross country. I wonder if just stressing my body by going from sedentary to really intense working out started my pain. I've also considered that I got some sort of infection from the mats (the combative mats were disinfected everyday but the judo ones weren't) and that somehow that started my pain.
My dad is 55 and has a lot of pain, too. His pain is in his back and shoulders and neck and he has arthritis and lots of bone spurs. His mom had back/neck trouble, too, so much so that I was told her neck vertebrae fused (not from surgery, just naturally - I'm not sure how that happens, but that's what I was told) and she could no longer turn her head. My pain is in the same areas; neck, shoulders, and lower back. So I think maybe I had genes that made me susceptible to pain and that doing combatives turned on my pain genes.
Anyway, I think since the last time I posted I have been to a rheumatologist twice and to my family doctor twice (that is in addition to previously seeing two different chiropractors and a neurologist). That has been a disappointing experience, because neither one of them did anything to help me, besides ruling things out and prescribing the medicine I asked for. I read on here that tramadol is popular and I told him that and that's what I've been prescribed, so I basically prescribed myself.
He took an xray of my back (previously I had an MRI on my neck), and many blood tests were done. RA, ankylosing spondylitis, thryoid malfunction, diabetes were all ruled out, so I was told I just had "chronic pain". Tried different meds; nortryptaline, something I don't remember, and cymbalta. Tramadol is the only one that gives me some relief. Cymbalta I hated. The only thing that did for me was make me think I was having seizures when I tried to sleep from "brain buzzing". My rheumatologist wasn't very friendly and didn't even warn me to taper off Cymbalta. I had to go back and ask the nurse myself for a sample of a lower dose so I could taper off. I took the lower dose for a week, then stopped, and still had a big spike in the brain buzzing side effect, so I stopped seeing him and plan to go back to my GP when I need my tramadol refilled.
So I'm on tramadol, now. I take it twice a day and it helps, but it doesn't last long and sometimes it doesn't help that much. When the tramadol is ineffective or I forget to take it, the pain can get so bad...
I feel like if I could find out what is causing my pain I would know what the proper treatment is and could cure it instead of partially masking it with the tramadol, but the doctors have pretty much given up on finding out what the cause is. I'm not sure what to do. I don't necessarily want to switch medications, because tramadol has helped the most of the things I've tried and I feel it is one of the safer pain medications as liver damage isn't a side effect.
(Discussions of suicide or self-harm are not permitted, per the forum rules... --Tina)
Post Edited By Moderator (Momto8kids) : 3/13/2012 1:32:50 AM (GMT-6)