I don't know if I dare say this, but I've noticed when my has her period I have a tremendous pain in my ass!
...sorry, I gad to say it.
On a serious note; body changes and such as increased inflammation could make underlying spine/nerve issues flare up.
As always, I agree with Dave and you need to keep looking for the underlying issues. I've read that it's not uncommon for people to think there pain was caused by a specific issue such as lifting something or?
In reality it's more like you describe. It starts as something minor, but if not corrected it lays in wait until it finally is upset by time and abuse.
I have a pump and have been through 13 years of major back problems. I will go in to more detail later, but in this thread I believe Joy gave you great advice.
You can also look for my post "pump saga". It's all about my pump install and so far I've had success.
Good luck and learn all you can to replace fear with knowledge.
It's helping April. I'm more concerned about you than I am myself. My pain is tolerable. I've just been over doing it. There was a power problem at my wife's office and it took out a computer and created network problems. I spent the last few days playing computer tech and my lumbar hurts, but now I can rest and hopefully it calms down.
My wife works for a small business owned by the nicest couple. I can't help but go help them. It also helps me understand what returning to work would be like and as of now there's no way I could do it.
Please don't be a stranger and keep us as part of your life. A little empathy and friendship is good for us all
I remember being told not to roll over.I would wake up completely twisted and in different positions. I think when your in that much pain your brain doesn't truly go to sleep (REM) your brain is agony and it causes you to writhe and sweat!!
I waited to see if things would calm down if I slowed down. I don't just want more drugs when I hurt because soon you run out of more drugs. I need to use the drugs to help me, but they're not the only tool I have. So after 5 days I new it wasn't going away by jut relaxation and deep breathing and contacted him.
My PM doc gave me his personal cell phone number some time back. Last night after 5 days of pain beyond what my pain pump would mitigate I texted him to let him know. About an hour later he replied. " call my office in the morning and TELL them to fit you in between 2:00 and 4:00" I did and they did. He squeezed me in and tweaked my pump settings. We found a glitch in the lockout settings that was not allowing me to use the "bolus" treatments (extra shot of medication for breakthrough pain). He increased the base medication level and fixed the bolus lockout so I can access more medication.
I can't believe how lucky I am to have such a good doctor!
Prayers on the way. Please update us as soon as possible.
To both of you. I don't know what to say that I'm sure you haven't thought of. I just want you to know that you're both in my thoughts and prayers. I was discussing similar topics on another board with friends and I told my friend to remember the prettiest roses are atop big thorn bushes. Some of us see the rose pedals and some can't get past the thorns.