Hello, My name is Maggie and I am seeking some guidance in what to do next for my back pain. I am also wondering if my back pain could be connected to a uternine fibroid I have. So, here's some history:
After my pregnancy 2 1/2 years ago, the right lower lumbar of my back began to have a lot of pain. During my pregancy, I had a uternine fibroid that caused a lot of pain. The doctor said it may be "truckated'?. It was about the size of a softball. After my pregnancy, my OB/GYN said not to worry about the fibroid because it would degenerate and should cause me no more problems.
It has now been two and a half years & the back pain has only gotten worse. I went to lots of doctors & specialists, got an MRI, went to a chiropractor for months, went to physical therapy, got massage therapy, took suggested supplements, bought a tread mill and walked, did home exercises to strengthen my core, tried to lift correctly and stopped picking up my little girl so much, but still I am in awful pain. Also, I am not overweight, eat a healthy diet, and only wear good tennis shoes everyday for my back.
Over the years the doctors' have told me that I do not have any spinal problems and the problem is "just" muscular. My last MRI was about 1 1/2 ago. So, right now I just try to cope with the pain. I take tramadol daily and vicodin on occassion. I also take the maximum recommended doses of tylenol and ibuprofen daily.
The worst part of it all is that I am getting very little sleep and it's affecting my daytime functioning. I get up several times a nite when my back seizes and spasms and do my muscle rub, back stretching, heaing pad routine until I can fall asleep again. I have recently ordered an expensive TENS unit online b/c I heard it can help. Overall, i'm desperate at this point since nothing else has worked.
In addition, I have been having heavy bleeding, severe cramping, and clotting during my period. I went for an ultrasound and learned that I have a fibroid on the left side of my uterus-the same place I had it during my pregnancy.
I have appts. w/ my OB/GYN and my primary care doctor soon. I want to be able to best advocate for myself at both appts. and would appreciate any suggestions/feeback of what I should ask for in terms of better diagnostics.
Thank you for Listening & any advice would be greatly appreciated, Maggie