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RigPie2005RRigPie2005 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, my name is Jon, I'm 27. I've been pretty rough on myself since I was a kid, so I don't know exactly when my injuries occured. I've been in pain since I was 19, but didn't have insurance. Well I finally got to the doctor about 3 years ago, had xray show nothing, then mri shows 10 herniated discs, 3 pushing into the thecal sac. Most are in the c-spine, but also have some in t and l-spine. I go to physical therapy as much as I can afford and do what excercises I can at home, but it just seems to get worse. Now I am having quite a bit of pain in my middle and lower back, and am throwing my lower back out quite often, to the point where I am scared to pick up anything, I don't even need to be lifting, just bending over will do it. I am becoming more and more frustrated. I take Somas(I get muscle spasms in my lower back), and vicodin, and feel undermedicated. I work in construction, and miss too much work to pain, so I am financially frustrated as well. I have worked with people who have 1 bulging disc with the same pain script as me. My doctor will not increase my dosage. Did I mention I am frustrated. I am scared to play golf, gardening leaves me sore for days, going out on the boat is miserable, and that is pretty much all my hobbies. I am never without pain, it's just a matter of how bad, some days are good days, some days are terrible(especially when I throw my lower back out). I have a very hard time sleeping(can't get comfortable), I even bought a new expensive mattress though it hasn't helped, over the counter sleep aids do nothing. If anyone has similar issues, I could really use some suggestions as to how to cope. I see the forums are seperated by upper middle and lower back, yet my pain is throughout my entire spine. where should I look for others with similar problems? What forum do herniated discs fall under? This is the first time I have reached out to others, so I am sorry for the long post. I will be very thankful to any suggestions towards getting my pain under control. Thanks for allowing me to vent, I needed it.


  • Sorry to hear you're having spine issues on every level. Have you seen an Orthopedic Surgeon or Neurosurgeon or Neurologist yet? Your Primary Dr. would be good to get you a referral to a Neurologist first. I have minor neck issues but mainly lumbar and not able to work now and not a surgery candidate but have had spine injections that have helped me from my Pain Management Dr. but first I had to see a Neurologist after my EMG nerve test. I hope you get some relief soon. Take care. 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
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you stopped by.. have a look around all the forums and see what seems to suit you best... where do your symptoms seems to fall? are you under medication? how are you being treated? please feel free to drop by anytime and make yourself at home. good luck to you and i hope you find some relief soon! Jenny :)
  • Welcome. Sounds like you need to get an answer for what is causing this pain. You have lots of issues on lots of levels but probably not all are causing pain. I would go to a neurologist (not a surgeon) to get a complete eval.He can listen to you and do some tests that will isolate the areas that are to blame. Then he can help you decide on how to address the problem. Meds are not an answer they are a hold over or a last resort.

    Good Luck and let us know what happens. If you need to find a doc the home page has a search or if you tell us what part of the country you are from someone might be able to recommend someone.
  • I am sorry to hear of your pain but glad that you have come here for support. It really does help to talk to others that are going through the same thing and truly understand what you are going through.
    Chronic pain is one of those things that is hard to understand unless you experience it.
    Have you tried searching for another doc?
    As Kris mentioned a spinal specialist may be able to pinpoint which issue is causing most of your pain. That would make it much easier to develop a treatment plan. There are non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures available.

    Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
  • to spine health
    sorry that you are in pain .we here are no strangers to pain and you have found a place where you will be amongst like minded people with a wealth on knowledge and experience .regarding chronic pain
    welcome to the club!!!!
  • Welcome to SH. :H
    Are you being treated by a primary MD at the moment? If he is not comfortable treating your pain with higher doses then I would make an appt with him or her to talk about just that. Let him know you understand if he isn't comfortable with it..then have him refer you to someone who is. I would ask for a referral to a pain management doctor. That is the route I went. Then my pain mgt MD advised me to see a neurosurgeon. I was then treated by both of them.
    While I understand you want and need better pain relief I wonder how you could do construction work and be on strong pain meds at the same time safely.
    Good luck
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