Just wondered if anyone has any more clues about my symptoms than my doctor has...
A year ago I noticed that my lower back/left **s cheek :p had gone numb, I don't recall a specific date or incident, it just kind of became apparent one day. I have had a fairly stiff lower back since my mid teens and occasionally stabbing pains across my shoulders but with the numbness a very painful crampy/burning sensation in my lower back keeps occurring, particularly when I am lying down. I was sent for X-Rays of my lower back, nothing was found. My doctor then sent me for physiotherapy where I was told that I was indeed very stiff, particularly for my age (I'm an active 23). My physiotherapist set me some excercises, but over the course of several months it became apparent that they were not helping, and the symptoms were gradually getting worse/becoming more frequent.
The guy was pretty baffled, and mentioned that he suspected something more than he could diagnose. He reffered me to a musculo-skeletal clinic to see a specialist (Vague, I know) and I attended that appointment a month or so ago. The Doctor also acknowledged my stiffness and some tenderness when manipulating my back, noted my migraines, found exaggerated upper reflexes, but no lower reflexes apart from the bottom of my right foot. She didn't really seem to have any suggestions about what the problem may be, and as soon as I mentioned that I have been diagnosed in the past as bi-polar her words were 'I'm not suggesting that this is all in your head, but...is it in your head?' which I found very frustrating because how can you 100% confirm that a pain is not in your head?! And that was that.
I have another appointment with the same Doctor in a month. I have been to see my Psychiatrist who is writing to my GP to confirm that he does not believe that any of the symptoms are related to psychological problems. And I agree with him. I have also started experiencing numbness in my fingers/hands. I have had various blood tests and slight abnormalities in my liver function results (Vagueness again). I wonder if anybody here can perhaps shed some light on an ambiguous problem which is causing me some concern and confusing anyone who tries to help :o