Hi all, I am a 35 y.o. female & after dealing with lower back & hip pain for about 3 years I may finally have a real diagnosis! In the past, I have been told it was both Spondy and/or Arthritis by different doctors. I have had xrays of my hip and an MRI of my back but never an xray of my spine. It has been very difficult to find a doctor that deals with chroninc back issues! This week I was referred to an ortho who did an xray of my spine and found that my last vertabrae was never formed correctly. He is referring me to a spine surgeon who will most likely set me up with a pain management specialist. He also said he is 95% sure that I won't need surgery. Does anyone know the medical term for this condition? I feel relieved that they found this but still frustrated because I am in so much pain! Sitting at my desk at work for 8 hours a day, (sitting anywhere for an extended period of time), laying down also hurts. I have been experiencing spasms when trying to get up after laying down also. I have been prescribed 2 different anti immflamatories (Naproxen & Meloxicam) but neither has done anything. I have also been through a few months of PT which has also not helped. My Doc gave me Tylenol with codeine which helps a little at night but can't take that during the day. She said they don't like to precscribe narcotics. This is the problem I run in to! Sorry for rambling but I am so frustrated! Any input at all would be appreciated!
I was hoping someone could help! I am a 35 Year Old Female. For about 2 and a half years now, I have been having pain in my lower back and hio. My ortho sent me for an MRI and he said I had Spondylolisthesis. He treated it with Physical Therapy (which didn't work) and with Pain meds. He retired about a year and a half ago and I can't find someone who will treat me because its a "Chronic Condition. I was finally sent to a pain clinic. The Dr there wants me to have Facet injections and I am so afraid to try that. I have had some cortisone injections that have done nothing. I went back to my Family Practitioner who said it sounds like I could also have a touch of arthritis in my back and hips so she set up an appt for me to see a rhrumatologist. Anyone experience anything like this? It no that I want pain meds but that seems like the only thing that helped. I am in so much pain! When I did have the pain meds I would only take 1/2 a pill at a time instead of a whole one that was prescribed. I haven't asked any Dr for them because they make you feel like your a drug addict! lol Any opinions would be appreciated!
Thanks! I have seen a physiatrist and have had a few cortisone shots that didn't help. Good to hear that the facet injections have helped her. Are they painful and how long do they work for. My Dr said I woukd have to go every few months if needed.