Originally Posted by sharky
Yes I take one med for pain and one for myoclonus ... I now have a happy face
... Took me 20 yrs to ask for something for the myoclonus...
Do you know what is causing the myoclonus? That would have to be rather unnerving if it happen frequently or in public.
Probably shouldn't have asked... but here goes.
So far I have been diagnosed with a bulging disc at L4-L5 with a tear in the disc. It causes spasms in my lower back, dull aching across low back, and spreads across the lower back to the outside of the pelvis/outer hip girdle (or whatever the heck you'd call that area). If I've done something stupid... like raking, I'll get tingling down the left leg but luckily no pain that goes down my legs at all ( so
at the doc who won't listen when I tell her that).
Facet joint hypertrophy (arthritis -type that makes the joint larger) at the same space. Adds to the aching and spasms.
Scoliosis in lower back.
Osteophytes/spurs from C4-T1 and some nerve compression. Causes headaches out of C3-C4 - these start at the back of my head so if anyone has headaches that seem to start there, get you neck checked out. Some reverse curving (kyphosis?) that causes my neck to be straighten out some.
Overall this is annoying, dull aches I can live with.
I did nothing to instigate these problems, no improper lifting or anything like that.
Stuff that really bothers me -
SI joint pain (doc says it's just nerve pain from the back
), arthritis in the right SI with narrowing. This makes it very difficult to walk, sit, lay down, get up, etc. Sharp pains in these joints can cause me to fall.
Responds to weather changes and can be tender over the joints... if I miss NSAID doses.
Shoulders, especially right shoulder. When it acts up it can be impossible to use that arm for anything. Doc says "may be tendinitis"...
Left ankle, pops causing a lot of pain. Must wear an ankle brace 24/7 to keep from moving it wrong. Hypermobile. Doc says "may be tendinitis" -see a theme?
Elbows and wrists act up, too. Weather and overuse causes slight swelling, slight redness, and pain - sort of tendinitis like. The elbow joints also like to lock and hurt.
And the mid back has been a bother since Nov. 15 - when Tomas knocked me on butt.
Blood work doesn't show anything and there's nothing on x-rays (she never x-rayed the elbows, shoulder, or even knees though...). No idea if or when anyone will figure out the real cause.
Relafen for arthritis/inflammation - it takes the edge off on the worst days and really helps a lot day to day.
Flexeril for the spasms and Ultram for the worst of the pain, as needed - they help but getting refills is difficult.
I also have a low blood pressure and what I suspect is an orthostatic intolerance related problem - I get up, I get dizzy, I faint. Chest pain and tightness if I stand too long. It's a bit scary and sometimes the falls do injure me...No idea what to do to get that diagnosed around here.
All in all... I laugh at some of the odd problems these all cause - me walking like an old lady some days, the way I walk, dropping stuff, my lovely foot wear (do you think they make ankle braces in neat colors?
), or even the fainting.