New and in pain
I am so thankful that I found this site. I've been reading some of the posts and it looks like the place I need to be.
About 2 years ago (at age 40), I was getting out of the shower and got a horrible pain in my low back. I thought I just pulled a muscle so I went out shopping. Throughout the day the pain got progressively worse, so I went to the ER thinking it might be a kindey infection or a kidney stone (even though I've never had either). The triage nurse had me give a urine sample and she said there was a small amout of blood in my urine which would be consistent with a kidney stone. They did an abdominal CT scan but it came back negative for anything kidney related. The doctor told me that I had a bilateral pars defect in L5 and it was probably a muscle spasm related to that. He asked me if I was ever in gymnastics and I told him yes since I was 3. He said that the pars defect might have happened when I was a teenager but is just now causing problems. He sent me home with some pain medication. The muscle spasm went away and that was the end of that.
So last year, I started getting some pain and stiffness in my neck. I went back to the same ortho doctor and he ordered an MRI (C spine and T spine). He said that he thinks I have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He started me in physical therapy and I have been doing that for the past 4 months.
Last week, I was sitting at my computer and my lower legs started feeling tingly. I got up and walked around and it went away. The next day it happened again but was worse. I got really scared and got back in to see the doctor on Friday.
He did some range of motion tests and had me walk on my toes and heels. He then had me lay on my back and he moved my legs around. I then layed on my stomach and he pushed the sides of my butt and omg the pain. He had me do hip xrays right in the office and said that he thinks this is "mild bilateral hip impingment with piroformis myofascial pain". He then sent me down for another set of xrays to check on the pars defect. He said he will call me if there is anything significant.
So now I have 3 very weird things that are causing alot of pain:
1) Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
2) Hip Impingement and
3) Bi-lateral pars defect
I wonder what the heck is going on. There has got to be a connection between these things. I am going to see my regular doctor on Wednesday to see if she will prescribe some pain medication.
I'm just at a loss as to why all of these things are happening.
I'm a bit scared but more frusterated than anything.
Thanks for listening,