Joint discomfort is common and usually felt in the hands, feet, hips, knees, or spine. Pain may be constant or it can come and go. Sometimes the joint can feel stiff, achy, or sore. Some patients complain of a burning, throbbing, or “grating” sensation. ExaFlex
I've had problems with my back for about a year now.
About a year ago my back went very stiff and I was misaligned. I went to an osteopath who said that my sacroiliac joint was slight 'out'. After several sessions, I was pain-free and standing straight again. It happened once again in July 2007 and I had the same treatment again with great success. On both these occasions, I took diclofenac for a short time.
In December 2007 I started with back pain again, so once again visited the osteopath. This time I had severe pain in my left buttock which was radiating into my calf and foot. After nine sessions I was walking upright, but still suffering from pain in my legs and tingling in my toes. As I couldn't afford to pay for any further sessions I visited my GP who referred me to an NHS physio.
I have been attending for seven weeks now and doing exercises up to four times a day. I am slightly better, but my main problem is that I cannot stand for my than a few minutes without the need to lean on something or sit down. I have two year old twins and a seven year old and it's so frustrating to not be able to do day-to-day tasks.
My physio has now said he will refer me for an MRI scan as although I'm progressing slightly I cannot stand or walk for long.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? The osteopath didn't think that my disc was bulging?
Health writer at Selfcare central