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Lower back pain

Started by 1671918273@facebook on 08/14/2011 8:20pm

i am an 18 year old female and i have had back problems for the past few years. In October 2010, an MRI showed that i had a pituitary tumor, which about 30% of people in the US have. That's when my back pain went from bad to worse. Because of the tumor, my pituitary gland sent out to many growth hormones that caused my breasts to enlarge rapidly, which caused problems in my middle back. Since then, it has gotten worse. When my knees finally got the point that I had to see a specialist, i found i couldn't be on my feet as much and i even had to get a new job where i didn't stand and instead, i sit at a computer all day. My neck also hurt s like MF and causes tension headaches, which is why i take muscle relaxers. About June 2011, my back started swelling slightly and hurt bad enough that i was taking Aleve everyday for the pain and swelling. Now its gotten to the point where when i lift my shirt, the swelling is visible from at least 10 feet away. With my shirt down, it can be seen from about 5 feet away. The pain has gotten so intense that i have to take pain meds like someone triple my age. Even taking pain meds, anti inflammitories, and muscle relaxers, it still causes intense pain. I plan on getting a back MRI soon and will post the results soon. I am leaning towards me having a bulging disc on my L4 or L5, or somewhere near there. I'm hoping it is the cause of my headaches and some of my knee pain, that way it can be fixed when we figure out what is wrong. Wish me luck! -- SC_Billings, Montana

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Sounds like you have alot going on. Are they going to run a MRI of your entire back? I went in for neck pain and little low back pain. By the time I scheduled my MRI my low back hurt so back that I could hardly stand up in the morning. I have a bulging disc at c5-6 and torn disc at l4-l5 and l5-s1. Had a disocgram done which determines where the pain is coming from and l5-s1 was determined to be the one. Had a fusion at this level march 2011. I go to PT and sometimes she works on my neck and wow what a difference it makes. The headaches I get from time to time go away like that! Good luck to you whatever is wrong with your back do not let a general orthopedic do anything. See a neorsurgeon or in my case I had a surgeon who only specializes in surgery of the lumbar area. Mine was done minimal evasively, but over 5 months and still some pain but nothing like before and the recovery will only improve as time goes on. Good Luck to you, keep me updated on what your MRI says!