I have been having back pain since Sept 07. It began suddenly, like I woke up one day in excruciating pain and could barely walk. After three days of this I saw a doctor and was diagnosed with sciatica. After a year of no relief, I entered a low back pain study through the chiropractic college here and they found in my x-rays that I have an L6 that has fused to my Sacral ala. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but this should not just happen for no reason!!
Other symptoms that have increased over the last year are as follows:
Lower spine stiffness radiating up through the neck
Increased hip stiffness and immobility, worst in the morning; painful walking
Left heel/ankle pain, worst in the morning getting out of bed
Overall body/muscle ache; feels like I am a professional furniture mover every day I wake up but gets better after a hot shower
Gastrointestinal issues i.e. loose stools alt. with constipation, burning before and w/ bowel movement, abdominal cramping/bloating, etc.
Pain in what feels like the front of my pelvic bone after intercourse, and occasionally onset during
Left leg pain from buttox to ankle, numbness, tingling; feel like I have to shake my foot - onset early October
Increased irritation of eyes, blurry, inflammation enough to go to the opthamalogist
The x-ray report reads: Lumbosacral transitional segment is fused to the left sacral ala and is fully differentiated from the right sacral ala. . . accentuation of the sagittal curve of the lumbar spine is noted . . . the right lower extremith is projected 6 mm caudally by comparison to the right side. All other tissue, vertebral space, and other notations in a lumbar spine x-ray said normal with no "recent fracture or significant degenerative disease".
So first, what could cause my L6 to start fusing to my sacral ala?
2) What is the accentuation of my sagittal curve?
3) Is one of my legs shorter than the other? If so, could this cause the hip/back/leg pains?
4) If I could have a "condition" what might it be?
The DC insists that nothing should be wrong with me, and I refuse to accept that. I have done a lot of reading on the subject and have my ideas of what may have happened but would like additional input. I cannot pick up my little girl to give her a big squeeze, and that really bothers me! After switching jobs, I no longer have insurance so have not spoken with a regular PCP regarding the additional symptoms that have been popping up since last year. Before that I was perfectly healthy, and now I cannot remember what it feels like to have a day without pain :(