fed up with ongoing back pain and being passed round in circles

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hi this is my first post on the website and im utterly fedup and in need of other peoples experiences! i had my first child in 2007 and didnt think much of the fact my whole back stiffened up and i was in pain for weeks with it, i thought it was normal and took ibuprofen and eventually it wore offf. a couple of times after this i had times where i thappened again my whole back would stiffen and every move felt like an electric shock like something was jerking in my back. then my 2nd child came in feb 2010 and the same thing happened again then my first big injury was in november 2010. im a home carer and caught an elderly person when they tripped over i literally couldnt move the next day. the doc said id twisted the muscles from my neck all the way down my back and he prescribed diclofenac diconal and diazepam i was off work for a fortnight until i felt i couldnt afford to be off any longer but have struggled with heavy work ever since. then in feb11 (moved house new doc) i had a bad fall on the stairs again hurting my lower back and bruisiing my coccycx i took the remainder of the meds from my last fall and didnt bother with the doc because i lost faith. 2 weeks later i fell on the stairs again hitting my back and twisting my ankle. i went to see an osteopath privately which did absolutely nothing but cost a fortune. went back to doc who said id have to manage on ibuprofen and paracetamol or i could try amytryptaline which didnt work out becasue i have young kids to look after. finally i was sent to physio who continuously gave me exercises for problems with my sacro ileac joint in my pelvis (particularly the right side) but these left me in serious pain and i stopped. on my 5th visit to him after about a months break thru xmas etc i went back and he told me all my symptoms had suddenly changed and it was obviously my hip that was bothering me on my right side and i needed a steroid injection which i had and which has done nothing. so gettin to the end of this epic saga lol last wednesday after my usual morning i got up a bit stiff and sore but charging on as always i lifted and dropped a heavy washing basket and pain shot thru the left hip lower back and up my left side and i couldnt move a muscle i had to shout my 4yr old daughter to bring me a fone and got down on my knees to crawl to my bed i phoned a doc who told me to take the diclofenac and paracetamol that anything else was too strong and i shouldnt be taking it and i should rest and that was it. i was so angry the pain was so bad i couldnt move without excruciating pain and when i finally had to get up to bathroom i couldnt put any weight on left side and hubby has been home from work looking after me. im now up and about again im slow and stiff and still off work but im now terrified that this could happen to me anywhere anytime and docs are just passing me off. what is going on. im developing probs with other joints too eg my ankles and my wrists and fingers giving me terrible pain im only 30 and i feel ancient :0((( anyone else got this stuff going on?

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    I had serious back problems and saw a top physio, osteopaths, chiropacters and a podiatrists, most of them had not a clue; then I found the right chiropracter! One chiro had sent me to a podiatrist who told me one leg was too long! My new chiro threw away the packing in my shoes and REALIGNED my pelvis! I never looked back and felt immediate continued relief. The association for chiros is I think in Bournemouth, get a list from them and talk to them until you find one who knows what they are doing. I have a theory that only 10-20% of any specialist is any good and I search until I have found one that is genuinely good at what they do; this definitely applies to physios (some very bad ones) osteos (never found a good one) and chiros. I have only used one podiatrist and he put me in so much pain I was ready for a spine operation that I did not need! Be careful and open minded. I am not qualified but it sounds very possible to me that afetr birth a womans lower body bone arrangements could be all over the place and put pressure on the spine. I hope you have had an x ray and a MRS scan/ Mine showed immediately the seat of the pain, correcting it needed the right chiropracter. Good luck.PS My daughter suffered whiplash after a car accident and uses the same chiro successfully.
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    thanku so much for your reply. iv never been offered any x rays or scans of any sorts which really bothers me im not a hypochondriac by any means but to have such pain for so long is surely not right. i cant beleive this last time in bed in serious pain and they refused me a home visit and said i just needed paracetamol and anti immflamatories. i was so angry i cried! iv not tried a chiropractor yet but have been told of a very good one apparently so i may just go and c her rolleyes
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    x rays and MRS scan are not hypochondria,taking endless pills handed out by ignorant doctors is. They are merely masking the problem and not resolving it. My xrays and MRS scans showed EXACTLY what had gone wrong and was vital to the chiropracter in treating me, also when I saw a spine consultant he told me to keep going back to my chiro and it would save him from doing anything. He was dead right. You possibly have a misalignment in your lower body bone structure due to the immense stresses of having a baby. This misalignment is possibly putting pressure on the nerve running down your spinal column and realignment by a chiro could put this right, it really is no big deal and does not hurt. I regularly attend my chiro just to be sure my back is aligned correctly It may take you more than one visit to the chiro and, when advised, you should try to build up your core and back muscles to give better support to your back. When you feel better then maybe a pilates (exercise) course will help you. Having babies is very demanding on your body.
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    its so strange we should be talking about the possibiity it could be giving birth because i think iv always had an inkling from my first child that this may have been the problem and even more so with my 2nd because even now if i slip even very slightly on ice or something i feel like iv pulled something out of where it should be in the pelvic region (if that makes any sense). i just wish doctors could sit up and listen to an individual case a bit more rather than assuming its the same as every other back case theyv came across. apparently if my legs and my arse are not numb and i can go to the toilet then im fine lol!!! do u work urself? i just wondered if u feel u can get on with ur life now that uv seen a chiropractor i would love to get on and enjoy my work and my children iykwim
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