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New Member Constantly in pain for 2 or more years

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, My name is Roxie, Im 26 and have been in pain since 2006.

I went to the Dr in Mid 2006 with a sever burning pain in my lower back hoping it was just a pulled muscle. Around Sept of 2006 I could barely walk. I thought it was just a pinched nerve so I held off on going back to the Dr for about a year. When it didn't get better & I could hardly walk I broke down & went to the Dr which was actually a PA. He didn't do any testing or x-rays, just asked me questions and came to the conclusion I have sciatica and told me there was nothing that could be done. I would have to live with it and there would be good days & bad days and the bad days would lead to bad weeks. So about 6 mos later I saw another Dr aka Nurse Practitioner she was just as un-helpful as the 1st. (My dr office is at a naval hospital so we see a different dr everytime we go) This 2nd Dr sent me to therapy (not physical, head therapy) for my "sciatica". I went back about 6 mos ago around THanksgiving and got finally got a NP that did a few excercises to see where & how bad the paid was but by this time it was my left leg my back and a few days prior to the visit my neck. So as with the second NP she also did a blood testing for Arthritis. Nothing. So the last person I saw was NP & she gave me my test results and told me I didn't have arthritis based soley on my blood test results.

So now it has been almost 3 years of pain and I have never had more than blood drawn to find out what is causing me all this pain. THe "Drs" seem to not really care considering I have seen 4 of them and now I can barely move when I wake up in the morning. I really need some advice on how to get at least one Dr to help me.

Thanks Roxie


  • I want to welcome you to S.H.
    How come they have not done MRI?
    I do know they can do a blood test to check your R.A. factor I have this test done like 2 times a year some times it is high some times its low. not a very accurate test.(my opinion) Even though mine comes back on higher side sometimes does not mean I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, I believe its more to do with inflammation.(also my opinion)
    good luck and hope to hear more from you...Patsy
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. please talk to your doctor about trying a nerve pain medication for your sciatica. :-C i use Lyrica right now and it has been a real blessing for my pain relief.. surely, you could get some relief from this :D good luck and thank you for your service! :D Jenny :)
  • My husband is the active duty member. I am just covered under his insurance. I hate the hospital that I am "stuck" at. I have had blood drawn twice. No MRIs or X-rays. The Physicians Assistant (1st person I saw) he's the one that told me there was nothing to be done and I saw him on one other occassion, then refused to see him again. The second person I saw was a nurse practitioner, her answer was the same also, there was/is nothing they can do. My insurance doesn't cover Chiropracters. So They all said I would have to live with it. THe biggest problem is, they never did any test to figure out what is causeing it. I have told them about having spinal meningitis at a young age and my brother having DDD but nothing. SO I gave up on going and try to deal with the pain the best I can.

    My husband made me an appointment for tomorrow so maybe that will go ok. He is starting to worry because the Vertibrae that is betwin the shoulders well mine has swollen to the size of a fist and is very tender to the touch. Another thing about Naval hospital Personnell, they rarely ever care about the patient because they are only in one hospital for 6mos to a year at a time. My PCM changes litterally every 3-6 mos. Ive had 3 PCMs that I never even met.

    Thanks ROxie
  • I'm sorry you've been in pain all this time and nobody has done anything for you. I think you should go to a private spine specialist to be evaluated. More than likely they will order an MRI after conducting a thorough exam. To me, it's sounding like you have a disc problem that is causing your sciatica. Keep in mind that I'm speaking from my personal experience only. Anyway, sciatica is NOT a diagnosis, it is a symptom of a problem. The doctor should find out what it causing sciatica, and whoever said nothing can be done about it is a complete idiot.

    I had the same problems when I herniated 2 discs in my lower back. The back pain was severe and constant and I had sciatica as well. The sensations I felt were burning, stabbing pains, electric shocks, pins & needles, crushing, and numbness.

    Do you have problems sitting or walking? Sitting problems can suggest that a disc herniation or disc bulge is pressing on a nerve. Only a a spine specialist (ortho, neuro, or pain mgt doctor)can diagnose back problems like these and offer many types of treatments. Don't wait too long to get this checked out. Take care and I hope you feel better soon.
  • I went back to the Dr today and finally so help!! He only ordered an xray and told me that my vertabrae are space at a "normal spaceing" but I do have what is called Minor Scoliosis. He said that is more than likely whats causing my sciatica. SO, I start physical therapy in several weeks and then I go back for a check up. So at least I have a heads up on the probable why so now I can work on the how to get rid of the major pains.
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