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Cronic Lower Back and Gluteal Muscle Pain

Hi Everyone

Im a 26 year old female and have had ongoing lower back pain for the past 5 years. Ive literally been around the world and back again trying to find a solution. Ive had 6 different physios; 3 pain specialists; a rheumatologist; MRI scans of my spine and pelvis that have come back normal; ultra sound on my right gluteal muscle and lower side which gives me the most pain; blood tests that were normal.

I worked together with a trainer and a physio for about a year building up core strength, light weight training etc. That was going great for a while but ultimately it did not last and in particular the last 4 months have been hell.

I finally had the excruciating cortizone injections into my Sacroiliac joint in the beginning of March 2010 which did absolutely nothing other than traumatise me to my very core as a result of the painful procedure. I am so frustrated that no matter what Ive done, nothing is working.

I have been on everything from Tylex to Lyrica, have taken Valium to try to help me sleep but to no avail. I get absolutely no pain relief from any medication.

Ive also been to Osteopaths and most recently- last week- have started seeing a Rolfer. I get frequent massages to try to release the tension and strain in my muscles and find that initially I have momentary relief but within the hour I am right back to being taught, strained and in pain, predominantly in my right glute and lower back.

Standing for more than a minute is impossible, sitting for long periods is very uncomfortable, car journeys are painful, working is out of the question at the moment, and sleep is a precious commodity that does not come easily. I have yet to sleep right through the night without tossing and turning, trying desperately to achieve a comfortable relaxed position which is as likely as me winning the lottery.

I am seeking ANY advice/help that anybody has or if anyone has had similar trouble it would be great to know that Im not alone with this.

Thanks for reading,

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replied April 10th, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
hi lj

what dr went over the mri with you?
was he knowledgeable? or did he just read you the radiologists report......pete
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replied April 11th, 2010
Hey pete. The first doctor did exactly that, read the report to me which i could have done myself without paying 200 bucks however my GP sent the C.D''s of the scans to someone else to examine them, who in turn did the cortizone injections, and apparently he saw nothing of note...
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replied September 30th, 2012
LJ if you are still out there reading these posts,
I have been through the same thing. I have a swelling at the top of my left gluteal muscle which is extremely painful. Standing is terrible; so is sitting. I have had injections in my lumbar spine, in my SI joints and chiropractor adjustments. I've been to physical therapy, pain specialists, etc. My husband is a radiologist so I have had MRI's, CT's etc - all normal. No muscle relaxers help except to make me sleep.This has been going on for 4 years. I wear a TENS unit to knock out most of the pain. Heat helps too. As soon as I stop either thing, the pain is back immediately. I don't know where to go from here. I just wanted you to know you are not alone.
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