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For crying out loud!....

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Chronic Pain
I need information. I had a fusion/lamenectomy at L5/S1 almost 25 years ago. Fusion was moving 17 years ago, but I did not want surgery. Have not been to a doctor since... have been very active... hiking, rapelling, 4-wheeling, etc...

Through the years, I have felt an arthritic type of pain that came on only when a storm was moving in or if I did something stupid. The pain subsided within a day. No problem. No meds, no docs, no nothing.

A new job had me sitting for too many hours (and gaining weight) so I rearranged my schedule and took a part time job at a turkey farm. Though I often went home hurting desperately (arms, shoulders, legs, back, etc...), I put that down to physical labor. However, after a year, one day, the turkeys were particularly bad and the pain I felt that night has not stopped.

It is in my low back and down my left leg... burning pain, tenderness, nothing provides relief. It has been more than 16 months and the doctor has now released me under MMI... I have undergone 4 spinal injections, 3 sets of x-rays, two MRI's (one with contrast), an EMG and multiple pain meds - including Ibuprofen, Hydrocodone, and Lyrica. Doc is taking me off of all of them and I was told today they have determined the problem is arthritis!?!?! Can that be it?


  • I had pain in my back for over 2 years and went to many specialist and through all the tests before I finally went to a spine clinic and they determined that I needed a discogram. It was the only thing that showed a tear in each of 3 discs.
    Maybe you need to be referred to a Ortho or Nuero and have it checked. Or a Spine Clinic. Good Luck. In my case the MRI and CT never showed it, neither did a myleogram or anything else. Good Luck.
  • Hi Chris. Welcome to Spine-Health.

    Robin's right - you need to get to the right doctor, specifically a fellowship-trained spine surgeon. Like Robin said it can be either ortho or neuro, but someone who only works on spines. Spine centers that have fellowship-trained spine specialists are a great place to start because they usually have physios and PTs as well.

    You can start your search at the top of this page using the Find A Doctor feature.

    There are still too many things out there to try before writing you off as MMI. So be sure to find yourself the proper doctor, one who's willing to help you not just label you MMI and send you out the door.

    Take care and please keep us updated.
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