My story is simple. Have had aches and pains for many years.
Tested positive for Lupus (bloodwork) about 9 years ago,but a rheumatologist said I didn’t have that. Over the years, pain intensified, and my regular GP even took an X-ray of the lowerback, saw nothing but a “touch of scoliosis.” He said stress was the issue, my muscles in the shoulders, neck and chest were too tight, I had better try to correct that. Lower back, probably sciatic nerve. Feet, plantar faciatis. Told to lose weight.
Still suffering pain. A couple of years ago, my Dad had back surgery. I remember him telling me he had “spondo-something” but I did not think that had anything to do with me. Until recently, my father and I talked again, and I decided to make an appointment with his back surgeon – who diagnosed my lower back, after X-rays with spondylitis, my neck has bulging discs and an oldfracture. Did the MRI, same diagnosis. At this time, Dr. says we need to try some therapy, for pain relief.
Even though this is not a great diagnosis, I feel better just knowing I have something that has a name. In the past month, I have had one cervical injection, steroid and will do the lower back next. Then, try some physical therapy. Can manage pain with tylenol but this could change, I know. I am allergic to naproxen, ibuprofen. I am 48, live in Colorado. My spine doctor was surprised at my pain threshold, he said I should be hurting a lot more than I was letting on! I do have tingling in my arms, numb feet. I do know, that eventually strong pain meds are in my future. I have my Dad, to tell me what to expect.
Colorado United States of America