Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I know I am probably asking questions that have been asked a thousand times before, but honestly I am in so much pain that I cannot sit for long at this computer and do research. I am a 49 year old woman and Mom,and my life was going along just fine until May 2008. At that time my husband and I started a remodeling project on our home. We were hurrying trying to get everything done before our carpet arrived. I have had lower back pain for 14 years due to an injury at work, and I knew I was over doing it, but did it anyway.
I was scraping varnish off an old wood floor, moving heavy furniture, washing woodwork and so on. Then, I mowed the lawn (something I hadn't done since I was a teenager), it took me 3 hours to finish. I was sore afterwards, but not too bad. 2 days later I woke up with pain between my shoulder blades and in my neck, also my low back was screaming. I thought it was just muscle pain that would subside in a few days. It didn't get better after 2 weeks so I went to my primary care doctor. He gave me naproxen and sent me to physical therapy. Went to pt for 4 weeks and did not feel any better. Next he sent me to have an MRI. MRI showed mild to moderate bulging discs in neck and thoracic area and facet arthritis in low back. Also showed some stenosis. Nothing that he felt should be causing this much pain. Next I had an epidural injection in my neck, and also in my low back 2 weeks later. Still no relief. My pain burns terribly in my back almost like heat is being applied to my skin. I started Lyrica and the burning got somewhat better. Major depression set in after dealing with all this pain and my doctor prescribed Prestiq for the depression. Also, my IBS got really bad, worse than I've ever had it. I am usually and very happy and upbeat person with a bubbly personality. This anxiety is a very new thing to me. I should also mention that I had a total abdominal hysterectomy in Sept. 2007 and after that did suffer from anxiety and depression. Next, I am scheduled on Sept. 5th to see a rheumatologist. In the mean time I am so perplexed by these symptoms. I have burning in low back, around the front of my stomach(under the bra line),and between my shoulder blades. This pain was horrible, but Lyrica helps. I also have a really sore neck and pain in my left bi-cep, and also in my shoulders. I cannot fall sleep without Ambien, and once I wake up, I'm up for the day no matter what time it is. I feel like I need to lay down and get some rest, during the day but I absolutely cannot fall asleep. My pain seems to move from my neck to my arm, to my collar bone, and then to the other side of my neck. I have never had pain that moved around, and I just don't understand it! It seems crazy! Also why would I have burning on my stomach when there is nothing there? I swear that I have a rash or something, but my skin looks fine. Anyway I am so sorry this post is so long. I am just so depressed and confused. I feel like someone beat me up. I finally had to take a leave of abscence from work, and I am not getting paid now. I don't know how my husband and I are going to make it on his salary. I started aquacise classes and I feel really good while I'm in the water, but when I get out I hurt again. I feel like I am going to totally lose it, the pain is so bad. Does anyone know how long these really bad symtoms will go on?
I have heard others talking about flares. Please tell me they don't last forever. I want my life back. Thanks for any suggestions and for reading my long post.