Hello all. I've been reading here for a while but never posted. I think it's about time I said hello.
I am a happily married 38 year old mom of 3 incredible kids. They're 16, 13 and 12. I'm super grateful to have started my family young, because I think we probably would not have children if we had waited.
I have had some form of lower back pain for almost all of my life. In my teens I was very athletic and wrote off the pain as a consequence of all of the sports in which I participated. In my early 20s we started having children, and in my mind the pain became the result of pregnancies and carrying toddlers around. In my 30s and no longer carrying babies, it became clear that something was wrong. I no longer had a logical reason to explain the pain away, so I finally saw the doctor. It turns out I have multiple issues that are likely contributing to my pain. I have a transitional S1 vertebra (it is not attached to the sacrum as it should be) and this, combined with my hypermobility, allows for too much movement in my lower spine. I also have a Tarlov cyst in my sacrum at S2-S3. Thankfully it has remained stable over the last 18 months, and I hope it remains that way. I recently spent 3 days in hospital for pain management and was told I have a tumour (likely a schwannoma) at S1-S2, which the doctor said could be causing my severe pain and leg numbness. I have been waiting for a neurosurgery consult for the transitional vertebra since November (2016), and am hoping the tumour diagnosis will speed up getting an appointment.
So, in a not-so-small nutshell, that is me. 😊