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back pain with pain @a 9

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
hello well i have benn in this perdicament since 3/2008. the insurance is a real trip. and my insurance wont cover the care..
so whats a person to do?
i have pain that is so unbearable at times i do not what to do.
i take meds on a on needed bases because of how it reacts with my body. i am still working pt and function to a limited degree. but the pain.....
at night it is at its worst. i have the darnest time trying to sleep.
i have had the worst luck in getting a dr. who stands behind me in how i feel and supports me thru the insurance part of it.
my diagnosis is 2 herniated disc in the L3-L4/L4-L5. i also have an impinged nerve that radiates all the way done my legs mainl right sided and curls around my foot. at times it feel like i have a sock so tight that i can not rotate my foot.
anybody out there no what i can do to help my discomfort.
my pain level site about at a 7 at night it goes to a 9.
any suggestions.
appreciate anything. thanks patricia


  • I am sorry that you are having a hard time.

    Here some questions that might help us better understand your problems.

    When was your last MRI?

    What kind of doctor are you seeing? Who ordered the MRI/CT scan etc?

    What are your symptoms and how long have you been hurting?

    What are you currently taking for pain?

    Have you had any alternative treatments?

    I just want to say getting diagnosed is like the tip of the ice berg.

    Hang in there- Hugs :)

  • I'm sorry you're having so much pain right now. If you're doing PT now you may need some pain meds to help you do the physical things for it. I also take Cymbalta for leg and foot pain. It looks like you need to see a clinic or University hospital to get a Doctor to help you with pain meds or see a Pain Management Dr. I used ice and alternate heat on my back and leg for the pain. I also found a tensor bandage or TED stockings helpful for the sciatica in the foot and leg. Keep looking for someone to help you. The Dr. who ordered PT may be able to help you. IF not keep looking. Take care and never give up. 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
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