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Jan 22, 2015 12:48 PM

I've had low back ache for a year now I'm 49 female . GP just prescribes pain killers and physio. Backache is getting worse 3 days ago I came out in a hot rash and now I'm in agony and can hardly walk or bend my right knee as it is so painful and swollen . What is happening?

Jan 22, 2015 1:49 PM

Oops, I didn't see this post. Responded on the second one.

Jan 22, 2015 4:44 PM

Brookie- I suffer from chronic back pain, due to a scoliosis surgery. I have for about 2 & a half years now. I'm only 17 but I know how you're feeling. I'm on lyrica and endep. Maybe try OPC for inflammation and if you haven't already try a heat pack on your lower back, or the TENS machine.it's just unfortunate that people have to find what works best for them, I haven't found mine yet but I'm more than happy to give you some ideas.
But most of all, stay strong.

Jan 24, 2015 10:48 AM

I'm sorry, I'm hanging a flare up atm but i have the same issues and can say that everyone is different. TENS & Massage or heat may help. It would be a good idea to try an osteopath or chiropractor

Jan 24, 2015 11:19 AM

Hi Brookie. Have you had a work up yet meaning X-ray, MRI, blood work?

Jan 25, 2015 12:27 PM

Hi had bloods taken which were fine and knee X-ray which was fine

Jan 30, 2015 6:39 AM

Supposed to be starting work on Monday . Went for a walk and nearly passed out . Broke out in a cold sweat felt faint and when I came home
All my muscles seem to seize up on me

Jan 30, 2015 6:41 AM

Not sure what to do as I know systemically I don't feel right but docs can't seem to find anything when they did routine bloods

Jan 30, 2015 10:20 AM

Brookie, do you have rheumatoid arthritis? I heard a woman at the disability office talking about how her joints & limbs seize up on her, due to her RA.

Jan 30, 2015 1:06 PM

Brookie, have you seen a rheumatologist yet? There are some autoimmune diseases that test negative in serology ( I've heard it stated that way, think it means the blood tests that are used to diagnose autoimmune and inflammatory diseases come out negative but there is still a disease process going on. I think only the 'wise/good' doctors that have really good assessment skills and really listen to what the patient is saying are willing to go this route. Can you get a recommendation for a good rheumatologist? I have traveled an hour away to search for one. Luckily I did find someone like this but it was the 4th rheumatologist I saw in 3 years! Arrggghhhh, so so frustrating. But listen to your body and respect your body, cause it's telling you something is not right!

Jan 30, 2015 4:32 PM

I saw doc today she's running tests for auto immune disorders but she says it's unlikely as my fluid on the knee resolved within a week . So far my symptoms are raynauds blood in urine rash joint pain and fluid on the knee with hot sweats at night and low grade fever

Jan 30, 2015 4:34 PM

Forgot to add your support is awesome and right now is keeping me strong thank you all I know your not well yourselves so I do appreciate

Jan 30, 2015 6:14 PM

Hi brookie, I just join the party. So I am sorry to weigh in so late. I am so sorry that you're having a hard time. I have had a back problem for 16 years now. It is exhausting isn't it? There are things that you can do about it. But like what has been said, you going to try to find the one that works for you. The one that works for me or I should say things that work for me are the tens unit for one. At first it didn't work for me. The key was finding out how to place it. The pain medicine has helped. But but it's effectiveness wears down after a while. Anti-inflammatories really help me a lot but the sad part about them is that they are horrible on your kidneys and RV early cause of heart disease and heart attacks. Another thing that works for me at times, is lidocaine patches. It varies according to what is causing my pain. If it is arthritis, It will do nothing for it. But if it is nerve pain, that should help a little at least. Exercising even though it won't hurt to do it, Will help with the pain. I have found the key is knowing when you can exercise. When I mean exercise, I'm talking about walking. That is all really that I can do. So walking can sometimes help me. Or it can extremely hurt me depending on what condition my back is in. I have found that my back pain can make me a very aggressive sometimes. So I have to be careful because if I allow the pain to get out-of-control, I can take it out on my family. I don't mean physically, I just mean that I'm difficult to be around. One thing that really helps but I never get to do is go to the swimming pool. It allows you to do low impact exercise. So that is the only suggestion I have. The one thing though that you said that is concerning is that you have a rash along with the pain. I'm curious, is this rash all over our particularly on one side of your body. And you are the areas of the rash, are they painful?

Brookie, I hope that you're getting the help you need. I have just come out of a problem where I didn't. I have diagnosed my own problem. It was hard. I hope that you are getting the support you need on your doctors. Sometimes you got to push them. Sometimes you got to tell him that they aren't doing enough. That's what I do. And if they don't act, then it's time to move on to someone who will. But I hope you find someone who is empathetic to what you're going through and I hope that your family is supportive your emotional and physical needs right now as you go through this. Anything that we can be supportive and help you and your this until you get the help you need let us know. I hope that you feel the best that you can feel today and know that we are thinking of you. Best wishes on getting the care you need.

Feb 01, 2015 2:58 AM

Thank you for your kind suggestions. Interestingly I have a tens unit myself and I didn't think it worked. I may try again and see if I can get the pads in the right place. My back ache is exhausting and my GPs are quite lazy it's as though back ache is boring to them and I too have had to repeatedly go back again and again and ask off referrals and tests. As if we aren't exhausted enough doing our own work and coping we have to fight with GPs and look like hypochondriacs to get others to sit up and properly do their jobs ( sorry for the rant)

Feb 01, 2015 4:09 AM

Exercise really helps especially if you lie flat on your back bring your feet together and gently move both side to side also i know it sounds stupid but deep breathing while flat on your back helps too they keep telling me you need to increase your CORE muscles helps the back stronger.
I suffer from ankle injury like you rash, burns turns blue but now its moved to my back and all the exercise is helping plus on lyrica and Pristique. Goodluck hope i could help in some small way!

Feb 01, 2015 9:03 AM

Hi Profiler my rash was across my lower back and was on both sides Doc thought it was a fungal rash. I used antibiotic cream and moisturiser , rash has gone but it still feels like its on fire and prickly .
Frustrated...your kindness in answering definitely helps and i will try your suggestions.

Feb 01, 2015 9:15 AM

Brookie, Is it possible the rash was Shingles? I had it when I was 18 and then got mononucleosis a week later and stayed sick for 9 weeks. Im 53 now and still get burning, tingling, stinging sensations across that area of my back.

Feb 01, 2015 1:09 PM

Dr was adamant that you cannot get shingles on both sides of the body !!!

Feb 01, 2015 1:24 PM

I can truly say that you can have singles on both sides of your body but it's not often done and I've hade them five times too and my doc said that you can only get them once I informed him like Dr quack are you sure and got up walked out his office never been back to him since .it took 6 months but I found a old Dr who listens to me and others and tells you like it is and has never yell at or raised his voice at me or my family Singles are very painful and there's not a lot of pills that help ease the pain

Feb 01, 2015 2:57 PM

Yes, my GP said "only once" too. But another doctor disagreed. She said I should get the shot because my shingles were so low-key I may get them again.

Feb 03, 2015 1:57 PM

Shingles hurt and I have had them on both sides. Literally not much helped me get relief. Lidocaine patches are usually given to help. I found them kina hit or miss. I think the greater picture is your doctors closed mind. Find a new PCP. It is shameful how much we have to fight for basic care. Not quality care just basic care. I am sorry for all that you are dealing with.

Feb 03, 2015 2:36 PM

Today I had call from the surgery saying my inflammation markers are borderline and I have to get them done again in 2 weeks. The rest of my bloods are not. Back yet .

Feb 03, 2015 2:41 PM

Hopefully you'll get the answers then as to what's going on, and they'll get the right regimen of treatment.

Feb 04, 2015 1:51 PM

Well rest of my bloods have came back normal do it's not an auto immune disease .,. I'll prepare myself for the Dr to dismiss me now .

Feb 04, 2015 2:25 PM

That is so frustrating Brookie, I have felt the same when in the same situation. But don't allow dr to dismiss you, if s/he does then seek out another doctor. I told my rheumatologist that I felt something was 'off' ( not right) with my body besides fibromyalgia and chronic pain when my blood work came back all normal. She was done with me I could tell and told me to go see my previous dr. I told her that's not what I wanted to do but I just felt there was something going on. She referred me to one of her peers and I did go see him. Although I had to drive and hour to his office ( long for me as it's hard on my back and hands) but was worth it because I found him to be refreshing. He did not need to have lab work to prove something was wrong. And there are autoimmune diseases that do not test positive in the markers they look at. So I guess I'm saying, don't take 'no' for an answer. Demand to have a decent doctor that cares and is willing to listen to the whole picture and not just blood work. You deserve it! Everyone does! If it helps, take a significant other with you to the dr appt. I have done that. I have taken my husband to some appts when I feel 'down and weak'. It helps. I think the dr gives you more credence even though one shouldn't need it, its a fact with some doctors

Feb 04, 2015 4:44 PM

I agree with Sandibeach on taking someone else with you, especially if they can confirm how your health is affecting your daily life. For some reason its like the doctors think, "well darn, I can't say its in her head if the other person sees it happen."

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