Having this level of discomfort prompted me (with the assistance of my mother) to seek help. We were off to my primary care physician who at this point was my pediatrician. She ordered a CT scan to make sure that nothing serious was wrong and thankfully, nothing “serious” showed up. She decided that a muscle relaxer and pain medication was a good place to start, as well as some physical therapy.
Unfortunately, the pain medication and muscle relaxers didn’t do anything and physical therapy fell short as well. I also received massage therapy during this time but nothing helped… at all. We went back to the doctor and we were essentially told that a higher dose of pain medication was our next option. Again, this intervention failed. At this point, I became pretty hopeless. I wasn’t able to do ANYTHING that I wanted to at 15. No playing outside, no hanging out with friends, no working out. My world got much smaller and was outlined by the four walls of my bedroom.