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Pain never lets up

Mindymork62MMindymork62 Posts: 207
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Lower Back Pain
I was injured at work the 19TH of November. I had an MRI done and have seen a Neurosurgeon. My MRI shows degenerative things on L3, L4, L5, and a protrusion, spinal stenosis, etc... Anyway, my job is good about taking care of the workers comp. I am in pain 24 hours a day in the lower back and butt area. My husband has to bring me 2 pain pills in the morning and I wait 30 minutes before I can even get out of bed. I have throbbing pain back there constantly. When my Dr. pushed just a little on the small of my back I screamed and almost came off the table. The MRI they did was with no contrast, and I'm afraid this doctor is going to order one tomorrow, and I know I can't lay on my back again for that. Any thoughts as to why so much pain?


  • Sounds awful.
    An MRI won't show soft tissue damage, which is an obvious place to start, and the cause of more pain than is often realised.
    If the problem is with the spine, then that will probably also affect the muscles as they work to protect and compensate.
    If it is primarily soft tissue damage, that may also affect the spine by putting undue pressure on it, but that may not show on an MRI.
    Either way, soft tissue damage must be looked into.
    These tight, knotted and angry muscles can cause the most awful pain when the spasm and try to protect the spine.
    Been there, done that. Agony.
    Muscle relaxants may help initially. Massage and therapy for several months may also help.
    Will probably take quite a while to settle down and improve.
  • ask the radiographer to put a memory foam pillow in the small of your back and ask if you can raise your knees slightly whilst having the scan ..i was unable to lay flat when i had my last scan but the radiographer propped me up with pillows so i could be comfier also ask your doctor to give you some diazapam to relax you whilst in the scan ..good luck
  • Went to the Dr. today and he said I have a fracture at T12, which makes sense with all the pain I'm having. He then took Xrays and showed me the fracture. It's almost three in the morning and the pain is so bad all I can do is walk the floor. Maybe I'll call him today and see if he can give me something a little stronger than 5 mg Lortab.. I don't want to appear seeking out pain meds, but it's that or I scream, and I know my husband and daughter wouldn't appreciate that. He also is getting me fitted with a special hard shell back brace. Thanks for the info.
  • Good news, now you might get the right treatment.
    Any idea how the fracture occurred?
  • Hi Peter,
    I was at work and pushing an over sized wheelchair with a very large lady in it. I'm being fitted with a brace on Tuesday and off work until after Christmas. Big thing is the pain that's constantly there no matter what I'm doing. I'm taking my pain meds but they wear off so quickly. Can't take too much because of my stomach.
  • Hi Mindy, getting pain relief can be a mighty battle, and in the end we just may not be successful.
    Have you tried Neurontin? It's said to help with nerve pain, which you may have.
    I find that bad pain needs some experimentation to find the best fix, and it maybe a cocktail of two or three.
    My prime one is Tramadol, but when that isn't enough I have to use a codeine type drug, quite strong.
    I used to be very timid and reluctant to take pain killers, and while I still lean a bit that way i now realise that there is nothing to be gained by that approach, and will now take what I need.
    If you are having stomach troubles from them though, that makes it quite difficult.
    Have you looked into patches instead?
    Don't give up, you need proper pain meds to function, and there may well be a solution for you.
    What about seeing a pain doctor?
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