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in need of verification of back problem

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi Guys
I am in pain now for 5 and a half years and not worked for that period, after back injury.
I have had MRIs and seen ortipedic doctors.
They will not operate and will not say what is wrong because they dont know but cant say it.
They all sit on the fence playing it safe while I still do not get better or at least know what is wrong.
I need to know what other tests are available.
I experience lower back pain and spasms which have left my rear right rib gage very tight and painfull.
I have constant right leg pain in to the foot.
I am depressed because of the pain and life changes.
I dont understand why they dont know what is wrong,
Who else can I see and what other tests are there like nerve tests or muscle tests.
thanks for your time


  • I am very surprised that nobody has given you a diagnosis in 5 years especially since the pain goes down your leg. Are you seeing qualified spinal specialists?

    There are nerve tests that can be done and normally a neurologist will perform these tests. Have you asked the radiologist that read your MRI for a copy of the report?

    Have you considered seeing a Pain Management doc? I am surprised that nobody has suggested it after 5 years. PM docs have lots of other diagnostic tools that they can try if nothing shows on the MRI.

    Don't be discouraged as there are many of us that did not get answers from an MRI. It really is a process that you have to go through in order to get back pain diagnosed.

    It is also quite comon to be depressed when dealing with back pain. You may want to talk to your GP about this as it is much easier to treat in the beginning stages than in the advanced.

    5 years is a very long time to go with no answers and no relief. I think that it is time to make some changes in your medical team. Be sure to make certain that any docs that you go to are specialize in the spine.

    Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
  • This is never easy and leaves you without knowing what is going on, either the assessment highlighted a problem or not and the key in getting a categorical diagnosis not always as easy as it sound for some. Many here have the pain without the diagnosis to support those symptoms.

    I did not work for ten years and so understand your plight and you have done well to survive all that has happened without than notion of what is causing it, you say they will not operate that pressure they have a reason for that, perhaps they could tell you, sitting on the fence from what, I am not trying to discourage you only be supportive, you think they know and are not telling you for some reason. One might expect any underlying condition to be more apparent in identification after five years of inactive progress.

    I know you are doing well in having adapted to these imposed changes and they are not easy, you have great strength and fortitude and anyone surviving pain on a daily basis already has the capacity to exceed what is needed to cope and you should applaud your own achievements.

    What is your doctor doing and what are your options now…

    Take care and good luck.

  • Hi Guys
    Thanks for the replies on this.
    In my MRIs it showed a slight bulge in a disc, but i have been told that this is normal because there is no issue with the nerve sac being pinched.
    The docs I have seen are all ortepeadic surgeans who have told me quite clearly that is they can not repair it by surgery than there is nothing they can do so they discharge me from their servive.
    My Gp gives me pain meds but thats all and they help some times but not all and not when it really gets painfull.
    What I cant get is if the MRI does not show what is wrong to explain my issues of pain what can.
    I absolutly hate the experience when I go see a Doc and I get the feeling he does not believe me because he cant prove it like if I had a broken bone.
    The physio only worked to a point then they discharge me.
  • Welcome to SH. I highly recommend that you get another opinion from a neurosurgeon at a spine center. Have you had flexion/extension x-rays of your back done? Obviously from your description of your pain, there is something wrong.

    Best to you,

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