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Hi! I'm new here..

LforlisaLLforlisa Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in New Member Introductions
My name is Lisa and I'm in Michigan. I have had chronic back pain for over 10 years. I am currently seeing my second back specialist at the Michigan Pain Clinic in Grand Rapids. I have had several x-rays, bone scans, MRI's, CAT scans in the past 4 years. I have had several injections, have tried a TENS unit, and currently take several meds for pain relief: Vicodin, Ultram, Relefan, Celexa for depression, Ambien for sleep. I have never gotten much out of my doctor as far as what is causing my pain, he seems stumped. At my last visit I had my husband come along and I got more information in that one appointment than I had in years! He told me that according to my last flexion x-ray, my upper back bends when my body does, but my lower only bends 10% and he doesn't know why. He is sending me to his partner Monday to see if he may have answers. Has anyone hear ever heard of this?
I am desperate for answers. I am in my 30's and am so nervous about what my future holds. My doc says the next step will be to send me to the University for help. Thank God I've got a supportive, loving husband b/c there are days that I can't do much.
I'm excited to meet people on this board!!


  • Isn't that aggravating that the docs treat men with more respect than they do women? I have always really liked my PM. But, I always have to take my husband with me to appts because otherwise he says things to me that he would not say when my husband is there. The last time that I went with my husband my doc told me that as long as he was alive and in practice he will always prescribe my meds for me because I had done all of his procedures (including surgery) and have an impeccable reputation. Last week I went alone and he tells me that he does not want to continue writing me scripts and that I need to have a facet block and a rhizotomy again! He is constantly contradicting himself. The last visit that my husband was with me he told me that since I have been going there so long he would leave it up to me to say when I was ready for my next rhizotomy. It took several months but I quickly realized that he acts totally different when my husband is with me. Sorry to go off on a rant but your post reminded me how sick I am of it. I wish you luck in obtaining a diagnosis and getting relief. Please keep us posted.
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! =D> we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. searching for a diagnosis can be a long and winding road! you are so fortunate to have your husband beside you! i always take my husband in with me when i see the doctor. my meds often make me a little loopy and he seems to demand answers and gets them. :? this has been a big help in my pain program m. going to the university may be your best solution. i have had excellent care in teaching hospitals often connected with universities. please have a look around and make yourself at home. check out the "Sleep Problems" forum if you find yourself awake at night!! I) good luck and i hope you find an answer soon. Jenny :D
  • hi. my name is jm. please enlighten me. im 30 years old. i was diagnosed 4 years ago of having herniated disc on my lower back (probably L4-L5 or L5-S1), seen through MRI. i undergone physical therapy for two months after i was diagnosed and the pains were gone. however after 7months to 1 year from physical therapy, i noticed that my left thigh muscle, specifically the quadriceps became weaker(in fact it is smaller by 4centimeters compared to my other leg) and there is constant pain surrounding on my left patella. during prolonged sitting i feel pain deep in both of my buttocks. this has been the case until today. my question is, is it possible that this weakness and pain is the cause of my herniated disc? i have no other symptoms like numbness or tingling on both of my legs. thank your help..
  • jm, i see this is your first post and i want to welcome you as well. =D> i cannot help you with your question, but you might try posting in the "Chronic Pain" or "Back and Neck surgery" forum for some more input. i hope you find some answers here. =D> have you tried your doctor for your answers? perhaps you are looking for personal experience and we all have plenty of that. good luck as you seek pain relief! Jenny :)
  • I rarely go to the doctor without my husband. I also have noticed a difference in how they talk to me/treat me. Frustrating!!

    Welcome to Spine Health!

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