I am a 34 yr old male (used to be active).. and have a similar problem. 3 years ago i complained of lower back pain and hip pain (all in the right side), that has escalated to a general all over muscle ache, tender spots, terrible stiffness (especially in the morning, at around 8am-9am) Right foot stiffness.... and now i have started to experience abdominal pains (for about 6 months now) pushing in on my stomach is painful, i contsistantly feel bloated. It a very irritating pain that consumes by body for the majoyrity of the day, but get especially worse at night. I also have a pain in my right side and when i stretch INTO these areas its really bad.
So far i have had steroid injections, nerve blocking injections, I had Morphine, Vicodin and Oxycontin (i'm currently taking Oxycontin) for pain, i've had 3 MRI's (none showed much other than some minor muscle tearing of the maximus, a small collection of fluid (probably from the injections if you ask me) and a small cist. I've taken anti-inflamatories, anti despressants all of which i've taken myself off once i think i've given them a chance of working (a few months)... I suffer with terrible muscle stiffness in my back, shoulders and neck, really bad tightness. I have seen spine specialists, Rhuemotologists, Nuerologists, Ostopathic surgen and a Gasteontologist. I've had a Endscopy, Ultrasound, 3 Cat scans. i was admitted 2 years ago for 4 days and doc's thought it may have been diverticulitus. (but no diagnosis was determined) i was released.
So far, I have been diagnosed with -
Gastritus (3 years ago)
Fibromyalgia (by the Rhuematologist)
Slightly enlarged Spleen (but it is thought to be barely enlarged so nothing to worry about)
and Barretts Esophages (not related to the pains, but was discovered during the endoscopy.
I am still in pain, and do not want to be taking Oxycontin anymore. I am going to try changing my diet (perhaps a gluten free one).
Here is the important part --
My friends mother recently was rushed to ER with Terrible back pain, later i dicsussed other symtoms with her and she described how her right leg hurt, how she ecperienced muscle pain and joint pains (all similar to the things discussed in posts regarding fybromyalgia). She was first released from ER with pain meds and a recommendation to see a Chryopractor, but then got another attack of the bad pains and visited ER again, this time she saw a different doc, blood work and tests were all coming back clear .. no problems.. until the doc asked for a Stand up X-ray.. the stand up x-ray showed air had leaked from somewhere! .. explortory surgery discovered her colon had a split and they had to remove 12 inches of the colon.
she has been recovering now for 4 weeks, but reports that all of the problems have gone.. no more back pain, no aches, no joint pain you get the idea.. with my abdomon pain, i immediately scheduled a visit to the gastreongist, but as you can see from above i haven't got a resolution yet... I have decided to schedule a visit with her doctor for a second opinion. (i'll let you know after Dec 10th) but in the meantime if your suffering from these kinds of symptoms, i would go see a stomach specialist, back pain CAN be present because of a problem in the stomach.
Could it be?