Hi all, new member here who is at the end of her tether! I am 30 years old and have not suffered any trauma, about 6 months ago i started experiencing quite bad sciatica. Went to my GP and was referred to an osteopath for treatment, I went to the osteo for about 2-3 months and as the sciatica discomfort started to subside the aching in my lower back increased. I decided to go and have a CT scan done, two minor broad disc bulges in L3/4 - L5/S1 and mild degenerative changes in the facet joints at L5/S1. No significant disc space narrowing, no pars defects, no focal disc protrusions, spinal stenosis, nerve root impingement or suspicious bone lesions. The physio tells me this is pretty common and doesn't really help with diagnosing what is wrong?
The doctor told me to stop seeing the osteo and go to a physio. Two months in at the physio after only really being treated for a minor difference in leg length and being sent home with exercises to do and everything just started going to hell again, constant aching in my lower back/pelvis/hip area on my right side and sciatica in both legs (not so much nerve pain, although I get that every now and then, but just a constant aching in my thighs when sitting).
It should be noted I work a desk job, but do use a sit to stand desk, these seem to be the worst hours of the day for me. The constant sitting and standing just leaves me so sore.
I decided to start seeing another physio for a second opinion to which I was told the first physio was giving me exercises that were the complete opposite of what I apparently should be doing (first physio was getting me to do flexion stretches and psoas exercises, second physio has me doing extension exercises). Amongst all of this i also joined the local gym to start doing Aqua aerobics to try and maintain some semblance of fitness, but generally struggle to get through one class.
I just find it very difficult to get comfortable in any position, I can only walk around for short periods of time before ending up in pain and I just don't know what to do anymore, literally at my wits end!!! I'm so scared that I'm going to end up needing surgery for something that is apparently minor turning into something more serious.
I guess what I'm hoping for from this forum is some suggestions on what to do treatment wise, I don't feel like either of the physios I have seen are actually treating me, I know a big part of it is doing exercises at home etc but I'm paying $90 a pop for these appointments to be sent home with leaflets on stretches and exercises and not getting any treatment, can anyone recommend a good physio in the Brisbane area that will take my pain seriously? Has anyone had similar issues and is there a light at the end of the tunnel, because this is starting to consume my life ?
Firstly Welcome to the CPA Forum. You will find some great support and lots of information here that will hopefully help in your quest for a better management of your pain. We all live with chronic pain and are non judgemental so rest assured you will find people that really understand what you are going through.
I've been through something pretty similar and its just about finding the right treatment for you. I'm on the Gold Coast but the physio I see has different practices and definitely one in Taringa in Brisbane. (I will message you the company)
I have all the pain you describe and have found a good balance of Physio, Exercise, Reflexology and Hydrotherapy. I have a good pain specialist (based in Brisbane) and have recently had a caudal block to help with my leg pain. This reduced my leg pain by around 50% and 5 weeks on, it is a little worse but still not as bad as it was prior to the block. I also had diagnostic facet joint injections for my back pain. This reduced the pain about 60% for about 2 weeks but this is back thick and fast now! However, these were diagnostic so what the specialist expected. He has suggested radio frequency neurotomies next.
So just to say there are options other than full blown surgery and no good pain specialist would go straight for the extreme without first starting at the beginning!!! I had a spinal cord stimulator trial last year but I didn't feel ready for such a permanent measure and didn't really feel a connection with the pain specialist, so I have put this on the back boiler and I am trialling other less invasive treatments with a recommended pain specialist.
We have a coffee club that meets occasionally around Brisbane and the Gold Coast if you are interested in joining us keep an eye out on the forum under Coffee Clubs as we would love to meet you. There are currently only 3 of us that meet up.
Good luck and keep us posted.
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Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow 'til there's none
When I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say, oh
The sun will come out tomorrow
So you gotta hang on
'til tomorrow, come what may!"
After taking my time to read your situation it must be really hard for you to get through life with the pain. It must really impact your day and the discomfort would be so unbearable. In regards to your question have you tried alternative therapy?
To be honest with you i don't really know a lot about what alternative therapies would help, or where to even start looking
Do you have any suggestions? I'm pretty much open to anything. I've had a couple of really good weeks since posting this, but things are starting to go a bit off track again as of the last couple of days. The sciatica is flaring up a again which is making me struggle a bit, especially after having a good couple of weeks! Its so easy to get down about life after thinking things are improving but then having a bit of a step backwards