When we got back from St. Martin, we invested in a new mattress for our bed, thinking that maybe ours was so old something was not supporting me enough and hoping that would help. It did not.
Additionally in summer of 2012 I decided to work with a kinesiologist because my foot was hurting along with my back. He in turn sent me to a chiropractor who took an x-ray and did some treatments hoping it would help. It did not. In fact, as far as my foot went, I had been misdiagnosed and actually had 2 fractures and a torn plantar tendon. Sigh.
Then in January of 2013 at my annual physical, I
In January of 2014 I told my doctor I was still experiencing the pain. Her response was that it had to be "a touch of arthritis" and she prescribed an antiinflammatory. It did not work. Well, I guess it worked a little because the pain felt duller but still wasn't gone. But I don't like taking pills when they are not working, you know?
Basically since then, I've just been putting up with it. Each night I go to sleep and wake up 4-5 hours later with such an ache in the right side about an inch below my lower back. Then I toss and turn until the alarm goes off and I get up, have coffee, try to stretch it out then go out and run. And yes, I do feel a bit perpetually
Finally in the spring of 2014 I put it out on Facebook that I was looking for some help because I couldn't find anyone locally to help me. The physical therapist who has treated me for various running issues over the years (not the one who did my back in 2013) private messaged me and gave me a recommendation for an orthopedic group about an hour away from where I live. I had to wait until July to call because I needed some medical benefits to kick in but I figured what was a couple more months.
I checked them out/checked out my insurance and found a doctor there who specializes in non-surgical intervention. I had an appointment with him the last week of August. As I patiently explained all the things I've tried and where the pain was, he sat there nodding his head. Then he had me lay back and he put me through a bunch of rotations/manipulations. Then he said, "I think I know what the problem might be, let's get an x-ray." Oh for goodness sake! Well, at least the x-ray was done right there and didn't require another appointment.
When I got back to the exam room and he came back in, I was again pleasantly surprised by modern technology as he began to show me my x-rays on an iPad!
As he explained it, I have "layers of pain." The throbbing that is waking me up every single night for the last 2 years is being caused by my Sacroilliac Joint, which has developed severe inflammation. That could be being caused by arthritis, or it could be caused by hyper mobility.
Then he showed me the next x-ray which shows I have Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease, i.e. between L4-L5 I have no disc. He was pretty dismayed that I'd had x-rays done for the last two years and no one mentioned this as it is not something that happens overnight, unless there is severe trauma like from a car accident.
He suggested we treat the layers of pain, starting with the easiest first: getting a steroid shot in my SI Joint. If that removes most of my pain we'll leave it be. If it doesn't then I will need to go back and have an epidural procedure for the disc.
I really liked this doctor, appreciated his knowledge and bedside manner, and most of all his conservative approach. He told me by all means I should keep exercising and just to modify anything that felt like it was making my back hurt.
I am getting the first treatment today and you can bet I have spent the last week during my tossing and turning hours dreaming of tonight, when I hope for the first time in 2 1/2 years, I'll sleep through the night with no pain.