Hello everyone. I've been facing a problem almost a year now and I'm starting to feel desperate because no doctor seems to find out what is wrong with me.
About a minute after sitting, I start to feel pain on the lower part of my back, both in the right and left sides. If I remain without moving, after a while the pain starts to travel slowly upwards (it doesn't extend to my thighs and legs). If I move slightly to one side or another, the pain softens but it doesn't go away. The moment I stand, the pain disappears. Generally, the pain is worst at the end of the day. It also important to notice that this happens most of times I sit. However, there are some rare occasions that when I sit, the pain that I feel has a lower intensity than usual or I even don't feel any pain at all.
The pain started on a day, when I was sitting on my desk chair. I just remember that one moment I was fine, and the next one I started to feel pain on the lower part of my back and it wouldn't go away until I decided to stand up. Afterwards, almost every single time I sat the pain returned, over and over again. As a 19-year-old student I have to spend my everyday sitting either in classes or studying, and this has become a major problem in my life.
I have already done X-rays, CT scan and MRI and all of those didn't reveal any issue with disc or spine. I've been strengthening my back muscles for 8 months now with pilate exercises (because at one point the doctors thought I had a muscular strain), but the pain is not better at all. In the meanwhile, I have been taking several painkillers (paracetamol + NSAIDs) and muscle relaxants. Not all of them work, and the ones that do work, have a temporary effect and don't take all the pain away.
I don't know what else to do. Please do comment on this. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Hello bj1208. Thank you so much for your prompt response!
The CT Scan and MRI I did was without contrast. Regarding to the X-rays, I did a normal X-ray standing up, a flex/extension X-ray and a side bending X-ray (to the left and right sides).
I have seen two physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation) and three orthopedic spine specialists (one orthopaedic surgeon, one orthopedist and neurologist and one orthopedist and pain management specialist).
In the beginning when they were trying to find where the pain came from, it was discovered that I had a dextroconvex thoracic scoliosis and a sinistro-convex thoraco-lumbar scoliosis, as well as a rectification of the thoracic and lumbar spine. However, all doctors claimed that the scoliosis isn't the cause of my pain. And I strongly believe that they are right. There is also no neurologic damage in the spine.
When sitting in a chair I don't usually bend one leg under. When the pain starts, I just lean to one side or another. What I do in classes is leaning forward and placing my elbows on the table (this is the only way I can tolerate being sat down, as it diminishes the intensity of the pain).
If you have any ideas please share them.
I feel sad after reading your story. Get better soon. View Thread