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Severe back pain

Jan 25, 2016 6:18 AM

I'm 22 years old and was diagnosed with arthritis in my spine when I was 17 when I gave birth to my daughter, the first few years with it the pain was quite bad but it only ever lasted minutes so I felt I could live with it, in the last year it has been coming every month and very severe but since Christmas I've had it every week lasting days on end, which causes me to lose sleep, the pain is so unbearable I couldn't even describe it along with it now is horrible chest pain which is making everything worse! My doctor gave me NSAIDs but they didn't help at all! Currently waiting for my blood test results to see if there is anything else wrong. I've been in bed for three days and three nights now because I really can't move, it seems to have got very very bad so quickly. Any advice or tips on how to get control of bad back pain?

Jan 25, 2016 6:56 AM

Sorry you have to go through this at such a young age especially with a little one. Have you tried a heatin pad, nice warm bath? Heating pad has become my new best friend. Sending hugs and prayers to you.

Jan 25, 2016 7:04 AM

Aw thank you! Yes I could cry because I've tried a lot, I have an electric blanket I use as a bed sheet which worked at first but doesn't do much now, I spend most of the night in the bath when the pain starts up which does help at times, but a couple hours later goes back to how it was :( it's just horrible now because a lot of things used to help me with the pain but now it feels like there is nothing left that I could try! I've read good things about acupuncture so I'm willing to give that a try and see if that makes any difference

Jan 25, 2016 11:01 AM

mmrose, welcome to our family community. I am sorry that you have been suffering and that your pain began at such an early age. There seem to be more and more young folks joining our family and it really breaks my heart. I know that back pain is debilitating because I suffer with it as well. Have you tried a chiropractor? Have you been to an orthopedist? I think you may need to see a good spine doctor and get a baseline on your situation. You may need some facet injections, it could be that with some physical therapy and massage, you may find relief. I wish only the very best for you. I can't even imagine how much more difficult it is with a little one to take care of. Sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that being with us brings you information, support and assistance you need. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jan 25, 2016 12:34 PM

Aw thank you so much, very kind of you! I haven't seen anyone just yet but my doctor is about to get me to start going to a physiotherapist, hoping that will help, if not she said she will look into other treatments but it can be so frustrating because it can be a long wait sometimes and the pain is just so bad! πŸ˜”.. What has helped you to deal with your pain? Thank you again.πŸ’•x

Jan 25, 2016 1:10 PM

Well, since I've been dealing with it so long, you kind of get used to it for lack of a better term. I just know if I fall asleep, when I wake up it will still be there. I'm on some heavy duty meds but I also do guided meditation, get lost in music, color, sing, draw. Depends on how bad it is. I can tell you that I'd love to just sleep through it but as you know, that's very hard. I hope this was helpful. {{Hugs}}πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Jan 25, 2016 1:26 PM

Oh no, how long have you been living with this?
I try to take my mind off the pain with music and reading which seems to help for a short while, I think it's the whole sleeping part which makes it so much harder for me because it means I don't sleep, since Thursday night I've slept about 2-3 hours each night! Really don't know what to do sometimes. I just hope my doctor can give me stronger meds until we decide what else we could do, really don't think I could take tablets everytime I'm in pain, I worry way too much about what it does to my body, so I'm also trying to change my diet to see if there is any difference xx

Jan 25, 2016 1:41 PM

Changing your diet is always good. Dark greens, turmeric, cloves, onions, ginger. All of these are very healthy and help with inflammation. I've been in pain for just about 23 years and have not been able to work for almost 10. I have been formally diagnosed with Degenerative joint/disc disease, Long thoracic nerve palsy, cervical spondalytic myelopathy, bilateral valgus deformities of the knees, scoliosis, spondylosis, lordosis, SI Joint disfunction with fractures, TMJ with narrowing of the ear canal, deteriorating jaw bone, hypothyroidism, GERD, depression, anxiety and also chronic insomnia from the pain, MTHFR gene mutation which makes the body not absorb b vitamins and others, Costochondritis, and a bunch of other crap I can't remember any more. You hang in there!! With us by your side and the information from the community and doctors and also the support you'll get from us, you'll make it through. {{{Hugs}}} πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jan 25, 2016 2:41 PM

Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry that your living with all of those horrible things, must be awful. Especially for so long. I can't imagine itπŸ˜’πŸ˜™ but I suppose for me it will also be life long pain now.
Thank you again, very happy I joined here everyone is so polite I love it, and you have made me feel very welcome and been very kindπŸ’•πŸ’•

Jan 25, 2016 2:56 PM

Hi there, as much as it sounds stupid, the best thing you can do is to keep your body moving, obviously do this within your pain limitations, if you stay still you'll get stiffer and gave more pain. Hot Baths or hot showers can be helpful to loosen your muscle up and relax them. Gentle stretching, this is best done first thing in the morning when you're body is still warm from being in bed and your body at it's most relaxed(unless it's been a bed night with no sleep).
Every day my Carers have to do my stretches on legs and arms, with deep tissue massage, I'm unfortunately paralysed so it'll be a bit different for you, but before I was paralysed, being as mobile as your body will let you is something I really believe in. Just use your common sense and don't over do things! Drink enough water, and if you have any pain meds, take these maybe 30m-1hr before you try doing some gentle stretching or whatever you choose to do. Hydrotherapy pools, are great as the water is heated to a warmer temp than regular pools, so there us mire buoyancy which takes the pressure off all your joints.
Hope you find something helpful x

Jan 25, 2016 4:56 PM

Mmrose I am so sorry to here that you are going thru all of this so young, it breaks my heart to

see all of these young people coming on here. I have a Syrinx inside my sPinal cord it causes the muscles and nerves to deteriate. It is called Syringomyelia, Osteoarthritis,Fibromyalgia,Degenerative disk disease,and Spondylosis and several other health problems. I am helping raise my granddaughter who is 9 months old. At Christmas my daughter told us she is pregnant again.I am 59 in February I will be 60. I am disabled since 2003. The best thing I can tell you don't give in to it keep taking care of your house if your job is not physically challenging keep working. I speak from experience because I went to bed and did nothing and now I am having a really hard tI me dealing with my granddaughter and house work. She now weighs 18 lbs and it really take a toll on me but I have to do it . If I didn't it wouldn't get done. But I don't mind because she is worth every ache and pain just her little smiles keep me going. Will be praying for you and sending hugs your way.

Jan 26, 2016 9:48 AM

Mmrose, welcome to our community family. I'm so sorry you're hurting so badly that you're bedridden. I developed OA in my 20's. Now at 54, I have DDD of spine, DJD of joints including my TM joints & jaws (osteopenia). Fibromyalgia and sjogrens jumped on board since 2012, along with many other chronic pain issues. Like AlwayZ said, as time passes you learn to keep going through the pain. And for me, being allergic to most pain meds, the ability to ignore pain up to a high level has been beneficial. I can vouch that what Jahmac said about staying as mobile as possible is so important. I owe have OA in my left hip, and if I sit too long it becomes very strict and painful when I do walk or stand. I'm trying to walk a treadmill 15-25 min a day, or at least every other day. When I don't the stiffness and pain is worse. Of course there are days or bodies need to strictly rest, but as time passes you will learn to identify signals that will tell you it's "break time" or you can't do anymore. I use heat, voltaren gel, stretches, and rest in place of major pain meds. Showers are my way of limbering up, especially with the fibro morning stiffness. I hope you will find a lot of support and suggestions that will help you. Good luck & God bless, with hugs & prayers! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 26, 2016 9:50 AM

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strict = stiff
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