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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello to all,

This is my first post on this site. In pain, can't sleep, and looking for support.

I am 26, in college and work full time. About a year and a half ago I started having upper right back pain. Over the past year and a half it's only gotten worse. I don't have health insurance so I've been getting as much help that I can find through clinics, etc.

I had an MRI. It showed a bulging disc in my cervical spine. Doctor said it's pinching a nerve. This has been the worst pain I've ever experienced. Everyday it hurts at some level. Nights are the worst. Sometimes it gets pinched so bad that I begin to feel electric shocks pulsing through the area. I've learned to live with a certain amount of the pain, because I have no other choice.

I'm at a point where I just can't take it anymore. I'm waiting on the Neuro-surgery department at a hospital here to call me back with an appointment date. It's a free type service, so I've been waiting for months now. The only medication I've been taking consistently for the pain is Ultram. That is quickly losing it's effect.

I'm praying that somehow I will get help and get the pain to a manageable level or get rid of it for good. I'm not sure if my pain is comparable to those posting on this site. It sure feels like it. I wake up and go to sleep with this pain on my mind 24 hours a day. Every part of my day seems to revolve around it now. I'm so young and the pain is so intense.

Can anyone relate to this type of pain? Thanks for any support.



  • Have you tried heat everyday including a hot water bottle wrapped in pillow case or towel? or Ice? You can alternate heat and ice 20 mins. I was your age when I went to College and can't imagine how you're having to go through school and have pain. That must be rough. Are there not any special insurance while you're at school? Maybe you can find a Pain Management Dr. and get an injection or nerve block? I'm on amitriptyline for nerve pain and Lyrica, though amitriptyline isn't expensive and it helps with sleep. I hope you get into the Neuro appointment soon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I'm so sorry to hear you are in so much pain. It doesn't seems fair for someone so young. Do you smoke? If you do , you must quit immediately. Smoking contributes to back pain. I have a "pinched nerve" too. I finally had surgery two years ago but the nerve had been pinched for so long thst it is now permanently damaged. This is a drastic suggestion, but maybe you could take a semester off and get a job with health insurance that doesn't have any preexisting condition requirements. I know its drastic but you want to fix this thing as soon as you can. Does anyone in your family have back problems? Best of luck to you. Keep writing. Susan.
  • you will find a wonderful collection of people on here.i myself have been living with constant pain for over ten years now .my advice to you is to get on the right type of pain killers only trial and error will establish what is right for you ..also there is a wonderful device called acticare .see www.acticare .com for full details {in brief its a very goo hospital grade TENS and TSE unit} don't be fooled by the cheap TENS that you can get from your local chemist for around 20 pounds the acticare is a professional device .i use mine every day all day!.a good mattress and recliner will help you get through the day too.until i know more about you and you condition i can't help you .anymore .but if you wish to ask me any questions about operations {i have had 2 } or procedures on backs i will gladly help you .as will all the people on here.feel free to contact me anytime .on here or via email/MSN or facebook

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  • I'm sorry this hit you while you're young and in the middle of going to college. I understand how agonizing the pain can be, my major problems are in the lumbar region however. You shouldn't have to suffer needlessly when the pain goes out of control. By all means go to an ER when you can't take it any more so they can get control of it. The ER can't turn you away if that is what you're worried about. Perhaps you can ask for something a bit stronger than Ultram like hydrocodone (generic vicodin). It's relatively cheap and I know you will qualify for a prescription drug card to get meds at a discount. Muscle relaxers are very helpful too, and when you combine it with an NSAID, the three medications they can work pretty well to help with the pain.

    How much longer do you have to wait for the Neuro appt? And also, who are you seeing meanwhile for this condition? I hope you get in with the specialist very soon and not have to wait any longer. We're happy to have you here at SH and look forward to hearing from you. Take care
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865

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    You will soon discover the number of compassionate people on this forum that while strangers will offer help and advice as if they have known you for a long time.
    Chronic pain does not discriminate about ages. You can never be too young or too old to suffer from some spinal condition.
    Manytimes you have have a disc problem which is NOT impinging on a nerve root and conservative treatments can go a long way. When a disc is impinging on a nerve root, you always want to be more careful as to avoid any long term nerve damage. This is something you should get clarified with your doctor and if necessary seek a second opinion
    It is just about the 'rule' that you want to try every conservative treatment before thinking about surgery.
    These treatments could include:
    - Physical Therapy
    - Aqua Therapy
    - Massage Therapy
    - Ultrasound
    - Heat/Cold Therapy
    - Spinal Injections (Cortisone, Trigger point, etc)
    - Acunpuncture
    - Relaxation Therapy
    - etc
    The ultram you are taking is a non-narcotic pain medication and if you pain is severe, as you say, the ultram is no longer helping you. You should discuss other medication options with your doctor.
    When you are suffering from pain brought on by discs there are probably not many hours in a day you feel comfortable. Though some are worse times that other. Just do not ignore this situation, make sure you are getting the appropriate medical attention.
    Remember, on this site, you can ask any question, there is no such thing as a dumb question.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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