hello. I'm new to this board. I'm here searching the web because I cannot sleep as the pain in my back.
I am a 31 year old mother of 5. I want to feel good really I do, but my back/muscle pain is becoming unbearable. I am to the point where I feel like I'm being a pain in the bottom to everyone around me - including my doc.
I cannot even remember how long my back has bothered me. This has been a gradual ordeal and do not remember it suddenly being here. I guess I'll just list what's been going on with me and hopefully someone out there will have gone through something like this and be able to tell me something.
My back aches a lot. Not at any certain point and not because of any accident or strain. This has been going on years. My spine almost feels brittle and that if someone would try to crack my back, it could break - though it would feel great to be able to crack my back again like other people can. (I don't know if that makes any sense.) Sometimes my muscles are so tight in my back that it takes a lot of massaging for my husband to be able to get my muscles to relax. But it never is too long and their tight again. this will go on for a while then one day I may wake up and the muscles aren't tight and then it's fine for a while - or the pain and tightness has moved from one muscle to another one. I've had corticosteroid shots, been referred to a pain specialist, chiropractors, massage, ect. I've used icy hot, NSAIDS, narcotics. Exercise, rest, everything. I am only taking a birth control pill.
My back pain is intensified by a pain that I have in my back just where the ribs end toward the middle. I can only describe this pain as when you have a kidney infection. This pain is not as strong, but the only other time I experienced something similar is when I was pregnant and was dehydrated leading to a kidney infection. I am often tired and crabby but that may have something to do with the fact that I am trying to be a wonder woman being a wife, mom of 5, and a nursing student(will graduate in Dec.2007). I thought it could be stress, but for the last month I have been quite laid back as I've been on break in between semesters.
I have headaches often and can feel when they are coming on. I think they coincide with my back as well.
I've thought osteoporosis (my grandmother had it with the hump back) and didn't know if my stiff brittle feeling spine/vertebra would be a symptom of that. When I mentioned this, my doc blew it off. My mind has been everywhere from arthritis to whatever else comes to mind.
As I write this I know it sounds ridiculous and I often feel that I am going crazy that my pain is all in my head. Right now I am about ready to cry because I have no idea what to do. I just want my back to feel normal.
I want my life to be better than it is now with the back pain.