I was wondering if anyone can help. I have my follow up appointment with the rheumatologist on Thursday. My problem is: I have had lower back pain since I was in my teens. Over the years, doctors have sent me for X-rays and nothing shows up. But it keeps me up at night! I can’t sleep. It isn’t sciatica. It is pinpoint on a spot near my pelvic bone. It doesn’t hurt during the day while I am moving around, but is stiff in the mornings. I really am only bothered by it at night. I don’t know what to say to my rheumatologist. My appointments are only by phone and they last less than two minutes. Not a good thing when I have anxiety speaking to doctors about my health.
I have this large lump on my Achilles’ tendon that is only getting bigger, and I finally got the courage to mention it to my rheumatologist (in case it is relevant to lupus), and he told me to see my family doctor about it. If my family doctor wants, he can refer this tendon problem to him and then he will look at it.
I am tired. I don’t want to run around to this doctor and that doctor. And I thought maybe someone here could give me a way to bring up the back pain? I have mentioned it to my family doctor, and he sent me for X-rays, and like usual, they didn’t show anything and that was that. But…I still can’t sleep. Maybe it isn’t a rheumatologist problem either??