Ok, I have been reading the blogs on back pain and all the Dr.'s and procedures that have been tried or done to help cope with the pain. I will begin to tell you my story, in hopes that someone can help me.
Well, the back pain is not me but it is my sugnificant other. He has had some back pain for the last 8 years. ( He is only 28 now ) However, in November 2007 he fell asleep at the wheel of his car and rear ended a full size truck. Totaling the car. ( By the way we just met in August 2007, moved in October 2007 and then the accident November 2007) He owns his own business and has not been able to work sense the accident.
So we had saw a neuro sergent and he said that he could not find anything wrong to cause the pain. So then, we seeked another opinion and was told he was way to young to have that bad of a back and the pain. So then, he continued to see his Chiropractor but that was not helping. We have visited the ER by this time at least 5-6 times. Where we also were told that he was not in that much pain and just wanted pain pills.. So we went to another specialist to get another opinion, ( by this time I am getting mad because of the tossing around these dr's are doing and saying that he is not in that much pain) I start telling the dr about this and that with the things I witness everyday, morning and night.. He then looks at me and tells me that I don't know what I am talking about and continues to say that there was nothing he could do for us. Not even evaluating him to see.. So we left there and never returned. Visited the ER a few more times due to horrific pains. So I then went serching on the web to find other solutions and situations like ours. We found a laser place that does laser surgery on the spine. Very scepitcal that I am researched it and found a few people that had this done. And for them it had worked. Years later still working. So, I contacted the place to set an appointment up to evaluate him and see if they could help.. They said that he had a 80% chance of the procedure working, but the thing is, is that our insurance did not cover the procedure. So we had to come up with the cash which was $8,000. Just for the first procedure. But because he had the problem for so long it would most likely take 2 procedures. So it is now June 2008, dealing with horrible muscle spasms that would literally throw him out of the bed onto the floor.. He could not walk, sit, lay down, nothing. So we move forward with this surgery. It only helped with one side of the lag pains. So then a few months later, we go back and they want to do another surgery to remove the pinched nerve. So we do, and it costs another $4,000. ( Aug 2008 for that surgery) So now it is November 2008. A year later and nothing has changed other then the really bad muscle spasms. He still has spasms and leg pain. Can't sleep, walk, work, sit. This has him depressed everyday. We have not had time to have a life. We have 3 wonderful children and he can't even play with them. We have no relationship nor are we able to go out and enjoy life due to this horrible back pain... No one is able to give any answers to help. He is on so much pain medication and it is not even touching his pain. They are wanting to fuse his spine and we are waiting until it is the last resort. Any answers please help.. It is his L4-L5 S1... Thanks Kelli