I'm new to this site. I'm 35 and have been suffering with lower back pain for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I used to lie on the floor with my feed up on the windowsill while watching tv and I can remember getting 'stuck' on a regular basis. I never really made any fuss about it as at first it was the only problem I was having.
Fast forward 20 years, 2 car accidents (2002 & 2012). Before the 2012 accident, I suffered pain the lower left side of my back which radiated down my left leg - usually to my knee and occasionally to my toes. I am never, ever pain free - but for the most part, I'd say a 5 (out of 10) so nothing major although I did have to give up pilates a few years ago due to a crunching sensation. A flare up would affect my left hip, both knees and the pain would increase to a 7-8 during normal activities with anything slightly strenuous taking it to a 10.
Since the accident in August 2012, I've been experiencing these symptoms on both the left and right side, with a lot of leg pain, regularly going past my knees and regularly at a 7-8. The worst of it started settling down around 6 weeks ago and I was able to return to work 4 weeks ago but I'm really struggling to cope with work. I work 3 days a week and am on a phased return but have had to take lots of holidays as I'm really struggling with it. I can't believe how painful it is to sit at a desk and use a computer!!!!! I thought it would be easier to be at work than it is to be at home and try and keep on top of a house, husband and young child!!
I don't usually bother going to the Dr about it very much as I just keep getting told that there are no more painkillers I can take. Muscle relaxants and sleeping tablets are not prescribed on a regular basis so I have only had a 1 week course of each - so I don't see much point in going. Radiographers have refused xrays in the past as its too close to my ovaries, so I have just had my first ever x-ray last week and get the results next week.
Physiotherapists have uncovered suspected disc damage in the lower lumbar region of my spine.
The accident also left me with plantar faciitus, which combined with my back pain has rendered me inactive for months which inturn has lead to significant weight gain - which adds to the pressure on my back and so on and so forth in a vicious cycle!!
I was under the impression disc problems would not show up on an xray so what would be expected to show up? What should I do next if nothing shows?
I've been on Tramadol, Naproxen & paracetamol for the last 4 years and now have ibuprofen gel for my foot. I really want to get off all of these but am also desperate to become more active again for my child.