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I read all these stories in great sympathy, i would like to share my story with others if i help just one person i will be happy, last june the springs in my sofa broke, i continued to lay on it and developed a bad backache, i decided to spring clean the house and bending over washing the floor my back went the pain buzzing down my leg was incredible (1st injury) this is when i believed i either slipped a disc or it was bulging on my nerves, it almost felt as though someone had kicked me up the backside or i needed someone too. I had a constant unrelenting stabbing pain in my right buttock. I started visiting the chiropractor every few weeks and the pain grew less and less,I remained active by walking every morning and i would push through my pain barrier until and this eased symptoms by october i wasn't pain free but i was close ( i even started wearing high heels again) Fast forward october the 7th and i was (funnily enough) washing the floor again and low and behold i slipped on water and fell, i was so scared to fall on my right side i threw all my weight to my left side when i fell.. After this fall is when disaster struck, this injury crept up on me slowly without me even realising. a week after i fell i struggled to get out of bed, The doctor prescribed my anti inflammatory and B6 vitamins and i went for a spinal xray that was clear..I suffered from severe muscle spasms down my leg that would take my breath away, these were brought on by walking to much, they lasted about a month Back to the doctor who then gave me steroid pills these helped but i could only take them for a week after i stopped them the spasms returned. My body was twisting to the left i just couldn't stand up straight, I started to believe i had twisted my pelvis when i fell. i couldn't walk i went to a specialist in hope that he would give me a steriod injection.I felt as though the pain was deep in my sacroiliac joint, my tail-bone would ache, i felt as though i needed someone to stomp on the bottom of my back to flatten me out. The specialist did a physical examination on me and told me he'l bet his car its a slipped disc causing all these symptoms, go home and rest in bed for 2 weeks otherwise i will end up with surgery. He didn't give me the steroid injection instead he prescribed me very strong anti inflammatory again. in the period of 2 week bed rest i used to get up and walk about within my flat i timed my self 2.5 mins i could with stand walking before i had to lay down. This was a low point for me and depression set in. I would give anything just to be normal and pain free again and i would never take being normal for granted again! I rose from bedrest after 2 weeks awaiting a miraculous improvement that never came, My hip started to ache deep deep pain in my hip joint, I went to the doc for another xray, this was clear. It felt as though i was going mad i. just wanted answers i wanted a cure and i felt as though no doctor was truly listening to what i was staying. Sitting was excruciating, standing was impossible and miraculously i managed to hold down a job all this time!! I was referred for an mri (which where i live this waiting list is ridiculous) I was worried for my own state of mind, when you have constant pain it destroy's you, it changes who you are, i couldn't think straight, oh i forgot to mention i was popping pain killers left right and centre..This was rock bottom for me my social life was zero, my relationship was suffering through my own guilt, i was holding onto my job by a shoestring i didn't want to go anywhere or do anything i just wanted to lay down coz that was when pain was minimal. Now comes my break through... my husband got frisky with me one morning (which was highly uncomfortable for me may i add) I ran my self a bath and laid in it to relax..whilst washing myself i found a lump.. this lump was in my groin (near my buttock) My first reaction was panic but the more i rubbed this lump the better i felt this was a good pain.. That night i massaged this area for hours all the time this lump was dispersing, the next day i had a huge bruise. i then went on what i can only call a journey of muscle knots (trigger points) it seemed once i found this one contracted muscle in my groin the rest of the trigger points reared there ugly heads, they where everywhere,. Now if uv never had a trigger point u wont know what ur feeling for but let me tell you they pop.after a few nights of deeply massaging all along my hip joint my pelvis i could almost stand up straight!!! A miracle this is when more tears came but this time of joy.. Im no expert but i believe these horrible parts of contracted muscle is what was keeping be bent to the side, they are what was causing all my aches and pains as my body was being pulled in every direction. they were causing pain everywhere. Never underestimate the power or the sneakiness of a trigger point coz they are there but they are deep.and they can be found by a circular pressing motion not just rubbing,, I believe i had a severe case of trigger points and i believe once you find one they will all make themselves noticeable, my muscles would swell up and then disperse as i pressed on them a very strange feeling that is kind of hard to explain to anyone.I'm not saying by any means that trigger points are the cause of all back pain but i strongly believe they are overlooked i believe they can mimic the symptoms of other pain like slipped discs or a twisted pelvis. they can cause nerve pain and unrelenting pain radiating pain. a pain that feels like joint pain, deep pain, if they are never found they may remain deeply hidden for years causing pain for years, i was lucky i found mine by chance..I have learned a few things on my back pain journey and like i said in the begging if my story helps just one person i will be happy..I learned trigger points are stubborn, hidden and overlooked I learned that really the best person to cure me is me, I learned that sex is good in more ways than one!! That it pays to hire a maid and that i may of just won a nice new car off a so called specialist doctor wink Good luck to you all may my story help some of you.

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    Hi Tammy, this is weird...I had been sitting here in tears for the second day running....I have so many issues with my back following a hip replacement that left me with a leg length problem...which then of course added to the back problems I already had ( a slight curve of the spine). My back has gone into spasm three times in all...the last time ended with me being in bed for a week and not being able to get up for the loo etc and then not going out for a month and its also left me mentally scarred, I am scared to go anywhere in case it happens again. I have been taken to A & E twice and then sent out with nothing more than pain killers and the problem of trying to get into a car and back home again. Yesterday I started to get pains at the front of my right leg...its not as bad today but still it was just the last straw. Then my partner put a search onto this site (I have never heard of it before) and literally only minutes before you had put your post on and I have to say it was so interesting....I immediately looked up these trigger points and found a site you might be interested in: http://saveyourself.ca/tutorials/trigger-points.php. I haven't read the whole thing yet but intend to do so today. SO, thank you so much for posting your story, I will read up on this and then see how it helps me. Hope you continue to get back to your old self and hope the same for me too!!!!!! :-) x
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    Sorry Tammy, I see I cant put website on there but if you search trigger points you will find the site...it starts with the words...save yourself....v. interesting. xxx
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    Well you can tell I am new to this as my original post has not yet been approved, therefore my second post is on before the first one...give it time and hope they will put it on!! x
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    You are so right to point out that in the absence of any other injury, muscle knots should be considered as a

    cause of severe pain, they don't show up on scans. My daughter has this problem with her back and as you say, it is debilitating for weeks at a time. Hers is recurring, but less so as she has learned what sets it off, work

    stress mostly, slight scoliosis and sitting at a desk most of the day. She now knows what to do about it. She visits a masseur and a osteopath. She has now changed her workplace for a less stressful one, and she has a large solid foam roll that she lies on and rolls her body up and down to massage trigger points - this was suggested by the physiotherapist who diagnosed the problem in the first place. This might help those who cannot get to trigger points themselves like my daughter.

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    I found it really interesting reading your story suzibee. There are many symptoms i experienced that i left out, severe leg pain, knee pain, ankle pain, extreme sciatica, pins and needles in my foot, symptoms of a trapped nerve, i walked with a limp, muscle wastege in my calf, my symptoms seemed to chop and change from week to week ,always getting worse. i also thought i had one leg shorter than the other, i tried a cushion in my shoe for a while but that didnt help. do you really have one leg shorter than the other? or are trigger points pulling your leg back and keeping it there? just like it was mine. I have researched all over the internet about trigger points but all of what i have said comes from my own experiences. I believe trigger points can be activated for many reasons, its like muscles going into shock and remaining in a shocked state. and i also had back spasms due to them, a very very scary feeling i know. i used to map out where i was going if had to walk anywhere coz i knew i would have to sit down after a few mins. just remember like i said they are sneaky and they refer pain, mine referred it everywhere!! so search yourself and search everywhere, groin, hip, leg, back, everywhere!! trigger points can pull and distort the body in ways you wouldn't believe possible. I found muscle relaxer's really helped me. My trigger points took over my original injury and no1 even realized not even me, all i felt was pain, pain and more pain. I also found doctors, orthopaedic specialists and emergency rooms know nothing about them, well not in my experience anyway. all they do is prescribe pain killers or anti inflammatory which do absolutely nothing to help. since finding my trigger points most of my symptoms have nearly all disappeared i know longer walk with a limp which is a relief coz i thought that would be permanent!! Good luck suzibee i hope you get to the bottom of your problem because i really do know how miserable you feel..but there is hope xx

    meryl great advice about a physiotherapist because you said they can be hard to find yourself, Im glad your daughter has found a solution to her problem smile

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