Pain throughout my body...
I am a 32 year old female with no history of major illnesses or injuries. I have been healthy during my lifetime and have birthed 6 children. In late June 2009 I became very ill with facial pain on the left side. In July 2009 it was diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia and I was prescribed Tegretol. Shortly thereafter, I began having pain all throughout my body and my doctor was concerned that I had a negative reaction to the Tegretol and switched me to Gabapentin. The facial pain was relieved and the nerve has since healed; however, the pain throughout my body has only worsened. In mid September the pain had increased such that my employer suggested that I go on short term disability to try and figure out what is causing the intense pain in my body.
I have seen two different rheumatologists who say that I do not have an autoimmune disease. I have seen a neurologist who says I do not have a neurological disease. I have had three MRI's since July. One of my brain, my back and my cervical spine. The results are as follows:
MRI of cervical spine without contrast: Mild reversal of the usual cervical curve, which the radiologist says may relate to patient positioning or muscle spasm. Mild disc bulges and cervical spondylosis from C3 to C6. No evidence of gross central canal stenosis or foraminal compromise.
MRI of lumbar spine: Degenerative joint disease is mildly seen at L4-L5 and L5-S1. No significant central canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing is identified. At the L4-L5 level, Mild broad-based disk bulge present with mild left paracentral proinence as well as mild facet hypertrophy. Mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing is identified. At the L5-LS1 level, minimal broad-based disk bulge is present.
I saw a pain specialist after I had the MRI of the lumbar spine and he says there is no way that the radiologist's findings were causing my pain.
I am scheduled to go to Mayo Clinic in Arizona in December. I am currently on Fentanyl 50 mg (pain patch), percocet 5/325 three times a day and 300 mg of Lyrica. My pain level is very high and does not go away even with pain medications.
I have pain in my upper and lower back, in my arms and in my legs. The pain in my lower back and arms is worse than in my legs. My hands go numb sometimes. I also have joint pain and stiffness. It is difficult to bend down or strech out my arms. I am not sensitive to touch or massage.
Does anyone have any advice on what could be wrong or thoughts on the findings on the cervical spine MRI, which was just recently performed?
I am in such significant pain that I cannot clean my house or exercise because my pain level will greatly increase with activity.
I am at a loss and don't know what to do. I've seen so many doctors and feel like I've hit a wall. I have no answers and am hopeful that Mayo will find something.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.