After living with nearly perfect health for a period of 12 years I woke up the morning of December 31st, 2005 with terrible lower back pain. I have been an active man who played basketball 3 days a week at age 49. My weight is normal for a man of my height. I tried to work but the pain had become progressively worse until I became bedridden in November of 2006.
My pain is very specific as it is limited to the area of the SI joint and continues down to the tip of my tailbone. It is aggrevated whenever I sit or put any pressure on my right buttock and tailbone. I am in constant pain but it becomes unbearable if I sit for more than a few minutes. I have been advised to use 150 mkg phentanyl patches and 6 x 10 mgm vicodan daily and I still have had to make trips to the emergency room because the pain level has gotten so great that my otherwise normal blood pressure level reaches 220/120. Because of this problem my doctor has recently put me on blood pressure meds just to save me from a potential stroke caused by my extreme pain.
I have been down ever since. I have been to 5 chiropractors, 1 naturopath, 1 accupuncturist, 2 pain specialists, 3 neurosurgeons, 1 orthopedic surgeon, and several general M.D.'s. None of them has been able to find any kind of structural problems of any kind. My bone structure and condition is fabulous for a man of my age. I have had every possible type of injection and procedure, including the implanting of a spinal chord stimulator and I have had very little relief. I really have not been given any kind of diagnosis other than some kind of nerve damage or degeneration. I also have no possible resolutions on the horizon. Am I doomed to live like this for the rest of my life?