I am posting here on behalf of my girlfriend who is 29 years old. For about 5 years now she has had pain in her back which about 4 years ago spread to her legs and hips. The pain got so severe that around 5 months ago the pain management team injected cortisone into her lower back.
This has made the problem much worse. Previously she was able to go out every now and again for up to around an hour, but now she is totally housebound and unable to do anything. She needs crutches to walk and we have now had to buy a wheelchair for her.
She's had MRI, blood tests, xrays... all the medics can tell her is that she has a "mechanical back problem" which they think was caused by a fall when she was 12 years old but there's no evidence of this on the scans.
She also suffers from crohn's disease which we think may be related to the problem but this seems to have been dismissed out of hand by the medics.
I am growing very concerned that the problem seems to have got worse over the last year in particular, especially after the cortisone injections.
Does anyone know what this may be, and if so can she expect any improvement or does she need to be prepared for this is how it is for the rest of her life? It's soul destroyng to see her like this, she's a very strong person mentally but it is now starting to creep away at her now which is understandable.
She's now on pregabalin, amitriptyline and tramacet but it's making no difference really.
Any help is really appreciated. Thank you so much.