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Another miserable trip to the doctor.

JessyLovestheCubsJJessyLovestheCubs Posts: 43
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi again everybody. Today I had one of the worst experiences of my life at the doctor.

My mom and I have been fed up with the way doctors are handling my situation. I have had low back pain, leg pain, and feet pain for 5 years and I'm only 20. Recently I've had trouble urinating as well. I have had MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays that show nothing. I have gone to ortho spine surgeons, neurologists, and now I'm seeing a spine specialist. I have had injections and 4 rounds of PT that only hurt me but they continue to make me do it! I have to say I'm getting sick of this.

Well today I went to my spine specialist hoping that today would be the day that they ordered some test and then they would find what's wrong with me. I had all my questions ready to go and was ready to ask him about all of the procedures everyone on here has suggested that I have done. (Discograms, flexion/extension x-rays, standing MRIs, etc.)

He absolutely dismissed everything I said. He said none of those tests would show anything and that he wouldn't order them. I told him that many people have been in my position and had those procedures done and they finally found something and he scoffed at me and talked down to me.

I brought up the fact that I have trouble peeing when my pain gets very bad. He didn't care! He said well you can see a urologist but they won't see anything. I'm really not kidding.

You guys might not believe this because it is so outrageous but it is all true.

Ok anyway, last time I saw him he told me he was so sure that it was my muscles causing the pain. (It's not) So that's when he made me do PT. Well I did PT for about a week and it made my pain even worse. So today...and this is the part that just devastated me...he acted like it was in my head!!! He said I am depressed! I'm a shy person and I hate confrontation but I freaked out at him when he said that. I said I am NOT depressed and he said oh really? What do you know about depression? Tell me how you know you aren't depressed. Well I'm a psychology major and I know that doesn't mean much but depression is one of the main things we learn about so I just put him in his place and told him specific reasons why I am absolutely not depressed.

He also said it was anxiety making my back hurt. And that he needs to refer me to a psychologist to deal with my "anxiety" and to figure out why I would fake a thing like this.

Oh and he implied that I was using my back pain to get out of class and he said that people deal with pain differently...implying that other people could deal just fine with my level of pain. Um, I take tramadol around the clock and still have pain. I can't go to the mall, I can't go to class, and when I do feel good enough to go, the seats kill me to sit in. I don't go out on the weekends because I can't...and believe me I WANT TO. I live in a college town and I'm missing out so much on my college experience because of my back. It is infuriating to me to hear him say that it is in my head and that I just use it as an excuse to get out of things. It was like a stab in my heart.

And believe me, I explained to him how I felt. I told him all of this. I'm sick of going to the doctors and have them talk down to me or not try any procedures just because the patient suggested it. Do they ever think that maybe they are wrong?! Don't they know I know my body better than anyone else? I really feel if they did more tests they could find something wrong with my back, but he won't because he is sure there isn't anything wrong with me...so why do the tests?

Oh I also said I would like to be referred to a pain specialist because that is what so many of you have said to do because they tend to be more caring and will do lots of tests and they really try to figure it out. He said, and I quote, "All pain doctors do is stick needles anywhere a needle will fit." UGH! I even told him about this website and said well why have so many people like me gone through the same things and then they finally go to the pain doctor and then that doctor figures out what's wrong? He didn't have an answer for me.

Well thank you for letting me vent. I just have to ask...what now? I did everything that you all have suggested. I need a new doctor. My mom is going to try to get my family doctor to refer me to a pain doctor but that will take months. My spine doctor is not likely to continue refilling my pain meds. I'm so frustrated. I just want to be a normal 20 year old.

Any advice or support would be sooo appreciated. And please don't think I'm whining about this. This is really what happened, it sounds ridiculous because it is, but I assure you it is true. I wish it wasn't. I came out in tears and probably more angry than I've ever been.

Thanks everyone,
Jessy :(


  • I can feel your frustration and don't blame you one bit, it's the absolute worst when people question your motives and integrity.
    I haven't really got any answers for you- sorry- all I can say is hang in there, keep looking for that ever elusive understanding doctor and don't give up. As you say you know your body best.
    My MRI showed a bulge at L5/S1 but it wasn't a bad one, it wasn't until I had the discogram which showed multiple annular tears and proved that's where the pain was coming from that I was taken more seriously.
    Hang in there, i'm sure others here will have some great advice for you on where to go from here.
    >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • It is time for you to go to a regular spine clinic. I told you that I went to 7 or 8 Drs before I went to the clinic in MPLS and they finally found out what was wrong, after 2 1/2 years of looking. If you want the number and Drs name, I would be happy to give it to you. He was very good and comes highly recommened. I think you need to change to get results. Love, Robin
  • I have a smalll bulge at the l5-s-1,i have accepeted that nothing can be done for me,a disco-gram is a big step and i agree with your doctor ,my pain doctor told me the same thing,i know you want answers,but sometimes you have to come to terms with what is wrong with your back,i could proably go to surgeon to surgeon till i found one to operate but i wont,the pain meds i am on do help....
  • bigcat90 said:
    I have a smalll bulge at the l5-s-1,i have accepeted that nothing can be done for me,a disco-gram is a big step and i agree with your doctor ,my pain doctor told me the same thing,i know you want answers,but sometimes you have to come to terms with what is wrong with your back,i could proably go to surgeon to surgeon till i found one to operate but i wont,the pain meds i am on do help....
    If i'm reading Jessy's post right, her problem is not that her surgeon won't operate, rather that no-one has found out what is causing her pain and won't look further than the MRI she has had.
    It can be very frustrating when you know something is wrong but nothing is showing up on scans.
  • That guy sounds like a real j*rk (actually I can think of much better adjectives but I won't use them here ;) )! I never understand doctors that are like that. If you don't want to help people then why become a doctor?

    My only suggestion is to keep trying. Get recommendations or try to research potential doctors online. I've used ratemds.com in the past. In the meantime, do you think your primary care will fill your prescriptions? Mine does and I am so glad for that. I have been bounced around to a lot of different doctors but, as long as I keep them up to date on treatments, my PCP and his staff have handled my prescriptions. They are really wonderful people.

    The tough part is, because you're so young, it might continue to be an uphill battle. It is unusual form someone your age to be in so much pain though that is no excuse to treat you like a hypochondriac.

    Anyway, please know that we believe you! Nobody thinks that you're whining. Many of us have gone through similar problems and we are here to listen.

  • Hi Jessy,

    I know how frustrating this can get for one looking for the answers to their pain. I recently had a discussion with a surgeon whom had a patient that her husband literally carried her into to his office. Long story short she has been given a very bad diagnoses but it didn't upset her as now she has a starting point. My point to the story is don't give up.

    Now onto your situation and I apologize that I don't know your case. When was the MRI taken, how long ago? Who is prescribing you pain meds and what is the condition they are prescribing you pain meds for. Besides the Tramadol what other medications are you taking? The doctor you seen today, you said specializes in spines? I am not sure what that means is he a surgeon? I notice that you had already seen a ortho surgeon so I am a bit confused on the what it is that he does. How long have you been seeing this doctor? Did you only complete one week of therapy and then stopped? When it comes to therapy you need a therapist that understands that sometimes they need to change up the therapy in accordance to the pain you are having. A good therapist will do that if they see you are having issues with a particular activity.

    I always caution members to never go in a doctor and act like they know what they need done. Many doctors will take it the wrong way. If you respect the doctor to treat you then you have to respect them to run the appropriate test and figure the problems out as a team. You are in that team that you have to be willing to submit to many different types of treatments. I for one have never told the doctors what to do or asked for any specific testing to be done. On the same hand I have never refused any of the types of treatments they have offered. I had a problem once in therapy and it sent the pain in over drive I didn't want to quit but something was clearly wrong. Through a process they discovered the stem messager they were using in therapy was driving my nerve pain through the ceiling. But it was a growling process for us to figure out what was causing it.

    We have several young members here as yourself and from what I have read you all seem to have a problem being taken seriously. That is a shame for all of you to have that experience. The only thing I can say is try not to get defensive and I really get it is hard when you know you are in pain. I am not saying that you are defensive, but when someone is in pain they become a little short fused and to be basically told that it is all in your head can make you defensive. I certainly would not continue to see someone who thought the physical pain was all in my head. When you start looking for a new doctor be sure to research them up front and learn as much about them as you can. Don't be afraid to call and ask them questions over the phone. You may want to look for someone who has dealt with pediactric spinal issues, not that you are that young. But it is a possibility they may relate to more to someone you age, and understand your young and want to get back to living as quick as possible. Sorry you had such a bad appointment but keep looking and keep us posted.
  • Oh man, I wish I could say I don't believe you, but I do.

    Have you sought a second opinion? Your insurance company and primary doctor should be able to refer you to another spine doctor for one, it's pretty standard. Even if there isn't another one in your medical group, there's usually a process by which you can see an outside doctor for a 2nd opinion.
  • p.s. you might want to open up the dialogue with your PCP regarding other specialists. For example, fibromyalgia would be diagnosed by a rheumatologist. Whatever it takes to find someone who will help you!
  • Jessy fire that Dr and look for one that is willing to listen to you. I have fired 4 or 5 till I found a great PM Dr Just like you they all saids it must be in my head. They wait so long to find what was wrong with me by that time I had nerve damage. Its your body and pain. So find a DR. that will listen to you.

    You will be in my prayer

  • Jessy when I was in more pain and the doctors did not seem to believe that it could be that bad, I went into the office using a cane and they immediately gave me an EMG test.

    The EMG test will show that you are in pain as it did for me. It is a simple test that is usually done early in the process of working with back pain.

    At that point, MRI or no MRI they can look at a test and see the pain.

    Also I have found with most doctors, there is a world of difference if you approach them a certain way. It may sound a but nutty but if I went into the doctor simply complaining with an almost hopeless description of pain they would just shut down.

    Instead I go in there as calm as I can, explaining all the things that I have worked on and how, how they improved or not and than go into the bigger problem areas. The doctors than seem to take it all more seriously and seem a bit more thoughtful in their thinking process.

  • I have had an EMG and it didn't show anything. I have spent 5 years talking calmly with doctors and none of them have shown any respect to me.

    Maybe it is in my head. I'm ready to give up.
  • I understand your pain. My fiancee has been going to doctors for 7 years now and finally got diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis 4 years ago at the age of 24, he's now 28. However, he still hasn't been able to get any help and is still in constant chronic pain. His doctors also told him that it was all in his head and sent him to a psychologist...which didn't help because it's not in his head. He's been to pain doctors which all they wanted to do was stick needles in his back then we got a bill for close to $5,000 and that was what the insurance DIDN'T pay. He's been to spine doctors and they just do different exercises which he continues to do at home but they still don't help all that much. He's now out of work and in pain and can't find a doctor that will even listen to him. So, I understand what you are going through.
  • Nobody can stand to live in pain their entire life and give up everything they love doing - that is crap of all crap! Talk to your insurance company and tell them you need a pain management doctor in your area, or do a google search and look for one. That's what I did and there was only ONE within 100 miles but I am so very thankful I found them! They have a PM clinic, do PT, and all sorts of things. PT is not always the answer and can make things worse and increase pain, depending on what is wrong. No doctor should be prescribing PT unless they know what is wrong to begin with! What kind of meds are you on for the pain? Just Tramadol? If so, I feel for you, that stuff doesn't even touch my pain. You need something better than that. At 20, you really need to find someone to figure things out, you are so young and so much life ahead of you. Do whatever it takes and find a good doctor. Best of luck to you! Marion
  • Don't give up! I am not quite as young as you but still young. I am just getting ready to turn 30 and you can see below that I have been through quite a bit considering my age. I am married and have two boys that I can not always do things with, they wanted to go bowling for Valentines Day and I knew if I went I would pay for it the next day so we stayed home and watched movies :) they know ole' mom can't do all the thing's they want me to.

    I can see where you would be so frustrated though. You are so young and to have been going through this since 15! I feel for you and am so sorry. I think sometimes doctors get it in their heads that you have to be a certain age or in a certain criteria before they believe there is something wrong, unless they see it in black and white on an x-ray, MRI, myleogram, etc.

    When I was 16 I had this terrible pain, I mean I thought I was having a heart attack, on multiple occasions, then it went away. This went on for a good six months until I saw this one doctor, this doctor finally decided to do an ultrasound on my gallbladder, which all the other doctors I saw said there was no way I could have gallstones and that it was heartburn (the "criteria" for gallstones is women over 40 and overweight, is what I was told by the other docs), well come to find out I did have gallstones, nine of them to be exact. There are good doctors you just have to find one.

    The neck/back can be very complicated. Do not let a few doctors make you think it is in your head, just because they have not found it does NOT mean it is in your head. I have found quite a few docs will push the depression/anxiety issue when they can not see or do not know what is causing the pain. I did have depression taking an anti-depressant did help me but not my pain. Now I just deal with the pain better on a mental level.

    And this same thing happened to me at first, they could not find anything and thought it was my shoulder for over a year (far from your five years you have been dealing with this)! Finally they sent me to see a doc that specialized in fybromyalgia (spell???) and arthritis and he is the one that ended up figuring out what was wrong. Sometimes it takes another type of doctor to see what it going on. It is kind of like when you stare at something for a really long time trying to find it (where's Waldo, for instance ;-)), for hours and hours, and then someone walks in that has no clue what is going on and they find it in an instant, someone outside of the box. Hard to explain but hopefully you get what I mean. :)

    Don't give up and we know you are not whining, just frustrated and hurt. Feel free to vent or PM us anytime. Good luck.
  • Hello Jessey
    I can really feel for you and all that you are going through. It is bad enough to have the kind of pain you have without having to deal with someone as unwilling to help as you have with your doctors. Don't give up looking for the cause of your pain - no one should have to endure the pain you have. I would suggest that you try to minimise your pain while you are looking for the cause. Try and get some massage. I have back massage twice a week and find that although it doesn't give much pain relief, it does help to ease all the stress and tension that comes with back pain.That might put you in a better frame of mind to help you to cope with the difficulties you are having in finding someone to help you with your pain. If it is bearable you might try some stretches or yoga positions to help you. I know what you are going through. I've had three back operations and I'm still in a lot of pain. I'm being directed in the pain management route which I'm feeling I'm resisiting because I want to find out and put right whatever is causing the pain, not learn how to deal with it better. There are some good books on dealing with chronic pain. They are interesting and describe what we are going through very well and I can relate to it. My main concern about them though is that they seem to treat chronic pain as an illness itself rather than looking at what is causing the pain as being what needs to be addressed. I do think your frame of mind is important when it comes to dealing with pain but the treatment you seem to be getting is never going to put you in the right frame of mind. Keep looking for a doctor or therapist who can help you with your situation and don't give up. Just try and get some relief as you do.
    Best of luck and keep us posted.
    Brian (UK)
  • Wow that is tough to get my head around but I am sure it is possible while you are still in pain.

    Is there anything that seems to give you relief even in the smallest bit? That can give you some clue.

    This may sound nutty but I was once on

    1) sodium diclofenic (3x a day)
    2) soma
    3) lyrica

    I noticed some difference but I slowly removed the drugs just to see how much worse it would get. I found that I got the same relief from ice/heat and maybe one advil a day. Can your meds be doing you more harm than good? Your diet? Do you have a pain journal to give you an idea when it is worse and can you find any patterns?

  • The one thing that helps me is standing in the shower with the water as hot as it can go and aiming the shower head at my lower back only. It feels good while it is happening but as soon as I stop, the pain comes back.

    Laying down used to really help but now I even have pain doing that.
  • I was similar in that the hot showers did make a difference. Since the area you are putting the heat on is Lower back, let me give you some of my remedies that have worked for me.

    I do not know much about tramadol and my advice seem pedestrian but when my pain was bad.

    1) When I woke up I would have a glass of water and a bottle of aleeve next to it. I would immediately take 2 aleeve while in bed and lay there for about 10-20 minutes before I got up. While waiting I would stretch my legs by moving pulling them into my chest, (hold 5 secs) each side, 10 reps per side. Than I would slowly get up and slowly get out of bed, no quick motions. I also had caffeine pills next to the bed and would take one in the morning as caffeine I learned through sports is also a pain killer.

    2) When I got up, right next to the bed I would do 10 cobras on the floor and 10 cat/camel.

    3) Go into the bathroom, get ready for day, everyday I would take a bath in the morning. Using half a bottle of epsom salts and at night I would take another hot bath and use another half bottle of epsom salts. I found they could help quite a bit.

    4) During the day, I would get up as often as possible and made a desk I could work standing or sitting. I am really not sure about your pain, as where, how bad, can you stand, can you walk, do you feel just legs, lower back. During the day everyday, every 3-4 hours again I would repeat the exercises I mentioned above. It really takes no longer than 10 minutes to do.

    5) After I took my bath at night I would than go and take two more aleeve (depends how I feel).

    The other pills I took helped in extreme cases especially the soma. I found sambucus to give a very light effect of a muscle relaxant and can be found almost anywhere.


    Throughout the day I carry a bag of ice and a heating pad.
    During the day while sitting keep putting the ice for 15-20 minutes at a time and than take it off, wait 10-15 minutes and put a heat pad.

    Special Note: When you drive place the ice pad in the seat so your lower back rests against it.


    Please also think about getting a back joy to help with your posture as that makes a big difference and last do you carry a school bag. NOTHING AND I REPREAT NOTHING NO MATTER HOW LITE GOES ON YOUR BACK. You carry everything in a hand bag you can carry in your hand and the lighter the better.

    Do not give up kid...think of it as just like any other problem you would be given on a test in college. Use your problem solving skills to narrow it down. Become a bit obsessed with narrowing it down. Keep notes, lots of notes....


  • Jessy,i've been through the whole "it's in your head" thing. You know what I did, I went to a psychologist. Once they confirmed I have depression, but that wasn't causing my pain, people took me more seriously.
    Sometimes it's better to do what is suggested and prove them wrong that way rather than fight them. Tammy's right, they will take you more seriously if you do as they suggest, then come back with continuing pain.
    I still think you need a new doctor, but it wouldn't hurt to see a psych. in the meantime so that you can say "I tried psych and they said" etc.
    I know it's hard to keep your cool when you're being treated so shabbily but try.
  • Jessy-
    I am pretty new to this forum, but I've seen your posts come up and am truly disappointed that the medical profession treats you this way. I was 30 when I started having low back pain from no known cause, and I thought that was young. I now have hip and thigh pain too, a generic diagnosis of lumbosacral neuritis (inflamed lumbar and sacral nerves), and recently had a spinal cord stimulator implanted to cover the pain that's never going aaway.

    I was a postdoc when I first started having pain and I _know_ how uncomfortable those butt buckets are to sit in. I have a couple of questions for you: Have you ever seen a DO (versus an MD)? Both kinds of physicians do two years of classroom training and two years of rotations followed by an intern year and residency. But DO's also receive hands on training in osteopathic manipulative medicine - hhelping the body remember how to heal itself. The core values of osteopathic medicine are humanism and compassion, and they areholistic healers. Your back might hurt because oe leg is shorter than the other, because your pelvis is out of alignment, or a thousand other things. But until someone with good clinical skills (separate altogether from being able to read an MRI) lays hands on you and builds your trust, earns your respect, you may keep getting poor results.

    DO's specialize in family practice, anesthesiology/pm, surgery, neurosurgery, and everything else. Find the nearest DO School to you and look for whether they have a patient carecenter you can visit.

    Send me a pm and I'll tell you more about this if you are interested. I still don't have a fancy diagnosis or anything other than degenerative changes I can point to on an x-ray or an MRI, but I do have a team of DO's I trust, one of them enough to let him put a spinal cord stimulator in my back.

    I wish you peace.
  • I also meant to ask if your school has a disability student resource center that might be able to assist with you getting closer parking, transportation between classes, a padded chair in each of your classrooms, a note taker for days you miss class due to doctor's appointment, etc. I've been a professor at several schools and have found amazingly helpful people in each resource center, even free psychiatry if you want to get evaluated to shut that doc up.

  • I am so disappointed your fellow man, let alone a physician treated you this way. It's really unacceptable. I wanted to remind you, like the others, that you are not alone in this. I too have had back,hip, and thigh pain from no injury/known cause for 4 years. Nothing but a little arthritis ever shows up on x-rays or MRI's. My latest diagnosis is lumbosacral neuritis - inflammation of the nerves of the lumbosacral plexus.

    I went through6 docs before finding the gp and pm I have today, and in January, I had the pm implant a spinal cord stimulator. I am finally getting some relief.

    What sets my current docs apart is that they are DO's as opposed to MD's. Both go through coursework, rotations, and residencies. Do's also get trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine. They use their hands to help the body remember how to help itself heal. The core values of DO physicians are humanism and compassion. They are holistic healers and they work to use their clinical skills (in addition to reading MRI reports) to build your trust and earn your respect. Did the last doc you saw show one ounce of humanity?

    You might google DO med schools and see if the school nearest you has a fellow's clinic or a patient care center you could visit.

    I also wanted to ask if your school has a disabled student resource center? I have been a professor at several schools and at each campus have found amazingly helpful staff get students closer parking, transportation between classes, comfortable chairs in classrooms, etc. It might be worth asking what your tuition and the ADA already provide.

    I wish you peace-
  • :H I was so upset reading your post that it brought me to tears. You are way too young to be going through this hell. I am 50 and have a daughter your age also named Jess. I would move heaven and earth to find help for her.

    I know how frustrating it is to be told that the pain that is ruining your quality of life is "all in your head." The same thing happened to me a few years ago. It was a p.m. who told me to see a physicatrist. I won't tell you what I told him! I went through several different doctors and was told there was nothing on the one MRI I had done so they would not do another. After two years of this my wonderful chiropractor who believed everything I told him, found a way to get another test done. It showed a bulge at L-4-5, But they said I should not be in that much pain.

    Long story short, like you I know my body. I had a friend who had surgery by a well known neurosurgeon. But he was not taking new patients. So I sat down and wrote him a letter of desperation. It turned out to be 12 pages of pain. He personally called and gave me an appointment. After my fusion they came in my room and said that the discs were absolutely crushed and pressing on the S-1 nerve.

    I am still in some pain because I need another level done now, but my new primary is wonderful with my pain meds. So, please do not give up hope. Keep looking, I am so glad I did. And don't sell yourself short, if you know what you are talking about, say so. I went to one Dr. that told me "it's not how you feel that counts, its how you look". How he keeps his license I don't know.

    Good luck to you, and I will pray that you find the help you seek. Take some suggestions from the good people on this site that may live near you.

    Donna p.s. Your pup is adorable.
  • Well the #1 thing you need is a doctor who actually cares and wants to help you, unfortunately that can be tough to find. My first herniated disc was at 14 years old and I also thought PT made it worse. I had a discectomy at L5/S1 that got me feeling back to nearly 100%. Of course more injuries were to come down the road. I g uess I understand a doctors confusion a bit though if you've had tests which reveal nothing wrong, it could be hard when the cause is unknown. Have you had an MRI of the spine and did it show any problems?

    I had a discogram done last year, but it was only ordered on already obviously badly damaged discs that had been operated on numerous times. An MRI, labwork, and X-ray I would think will probably be most important in what helps you discover whats wrong. If no physical cause is found with those, there are things like fibromyalgia that can cause people to have pain.

    If your doctor was willing enough to try you on hydrocodone instead of tramadol maybe you would see a big difference in your pain level. Then again you may need a doctor who cares about getting you relief before that happens. And then theres the problems with narcotics and the anxiety many doctors seem to have in prescribing them.

    I do believe that anxiety and stress can influence pain, but only on pain that is already caused from something else, like my nerve pain. I actually sort of agree with what your jerk doctor said about "pain specialists" but from reading here you know good ones do exist and can be found.

    Just remember there are others right there with you in the same situation or other bad situations. I just had a L4/L5/S1 fusion two weeks and am now also stuck here battling hospital acquired pneumonia, at age 30.

    Again I think the key is finding the right doctor and I know its frustrating. If your pain gets to a unbearable level, go to a hospital emergency room and see what they do to try to help you, ask them to refer you to a doctor and then follow up with him. I really dont know what else to do.

    Good Luck.
  • This is so sad to read... you're so young to have to go through the back pain and the attitudes these doctors have been giving you.

    Have you considered seeing a Pediatric Neurologist? I can't help but think that a Pediatric Neurologist would be more understanding and compassionate towards you and your back problems.

    I wish you the best and hope you can find a good doctor real soon. As many have already told you, there really are good doctors out there... so don't give up.

    As far as seeing a psychiatrist... I've been seeing one for years. This was prior to my spinal injury. She is a wonderful sounding board and you know... if you found a good psychiatrist, he/she may be able to refer you to someone they know. Psychiatrists see many patients with chronic back pain, so they do hear of the good and not-so-good doctors through their patients.

    Just some food for thought...

    I wish you the best and please keep us posted.

    Tammy >:D<
  • Finding a pediatric doctor sounds like a great idea! They would definitely be more understanding, I'm going to look into it...
  • Let us know if you find one and how it goes! I go to see a orthopedic spine specialist March 16th and am so hoping he can shed some light on what is going on with me.

    Good luck to you. I have my fingers crossed that you find a good doc and they can give some light at the end of the tunnel.

    Not sure where you are from but if you need any help trying to find a doc feel free to PM me and I would be happy to help. I know it can be overwhelming to find a doctor :)
  • Have any of your doctors run a sedimentation rate on you? It's just a simple blood test that any PCP can order. If they're not seeing anything visually on the MRI, a sed rate could offer an explanation of the pain, even though it isn't realy going to answer the details surrounding the pain. It's a starting place, though, because it's lends a lot of support to proving the pain is real, not psychological.

  • What does it show? Just curious
  • Sedimentation rate just shows the presence of inflammation in the body.
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