Posted 3/18/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)
The latest bout of inflammation started Friday night, with a pounding headache coming from my neck area. This spread all the way down my spine, with throbbing toothache like pain in my lower back, and my ears have been ringing like crazy! Saturday was a miserable and horrible day for me. Sunday I finally went to the ER, after telling myself I would not go... (I hate that place). The doctor asked me what I wanted him to do for me... I said I wanted to make sure that the fact that my entire spine was inflamed was not something serious going on... DUH! I said maybe some bloodwork? Hes like, well what type of bloodwork would you like for me to order? Im like, well maybe a CBC, CMP, Sed rate? He ordered those and they came back ok, with SED slightly elevated. One shot of Toradol later, Im back at home. Gotta love the ER docs.
Im still trying to work, and the pain is a little better, but its not gone entirely. I am getting shooting pains down my arms into my fingers, and also down my legs from the swelling. I can feel the swelling in my spine, and it seems to be worse at the top and bottom. Last night I cryed and prayed, and got a little relief and was able to sleep.
I had a regular neurology appt today and he seems very concerned. He started me on Celebrex and wants to see me again in four weeks.
So, any of you ever have spinal inflammation? My flares usually involve major fatigue, flu like symptoms, but this is over the top. Could this just be a bad flare?
Thanks so much...
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Crohns, Lupus (SLE) Jan 08, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds: Medrol injections, Cellcept, Vicodin, Benadryl, Zyrtec