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I feel like I'm on a roller coaster - need advice

butterflymldbbutterflymld Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all. I herniated my L1-L2 and L3-L4 and an annula fissuer in L4-L5 at work in October of 2006. Throughout the years my pain has been pretty constant with the occasional flare up lasting a few days to a week. I had a nerve test 4 years after the original injury that showed no nerve damage and my case settled with future medical expenses covered. Now I am in the middle of a flare up that began 02/01/11 that is just not going away. I feel like I am on a roller coaster. I keep thinking it is going to get better only to get worse again. I have never been to a specialist while I am actually in a flare up or in alot of pain so they always said I am going in the right direction and honestly didn't seem like they believed me too much. My pain is in my lower back but mostly my hips and right buttocks hurts really bad. If I sit for more than a few minutes the pain makes me want to cry even with soma and percocet. Walking is okay for about the first 3-5 minutes and then I begin to get crooked again. Just to explain I get "crooked" when my back goes out, my right hip pulls to the right and my upper torso pulls to the left, leaving me in alot of pain and looking mighty weird.
So here I am hoping to get some insight from people who have been down this path, I can't afford to miss this much work but when I tried to go back last week I lasted 5 minutes and was in tears. Please give me any advice, suggestions you can. I feel like the doctor does not take me seriously because I have been kinda okay for soo long. I know this is long winded and I left alot of details out but I'm sure this was long enough for most of you anyways. Looking forward to talking to you all....


  • I totally understand what you are going through. First thing you need to do is go to an Ortho or Neuro right away and have a new MRI done or doscogram. I had the same thing for 2 years before and had to do the MRI CT and PT and Injections, only to have the Discogram confirm tears in 3 discs. It didnt show on MRI. I had a two level fusion, in 2008, and for two years kept having pain. Last fall had another discogram, 2 more torn discs. Had another fusion, and am getting my life back.
    Not saying you have the same thing, but annualr tears can be Very Painful. Get checked out again. If you havnt seen a Ortho or Neuro, see one now. They are the only ones I will let touch my back. The time since your last test, your results could be much worst now. Good Luck. PM me with any ?. Not trying to scare you, only get you to have a faster diagnosis than I did. Maybe yours can be fixed anther less invasive way, but as I understand, tears usually dont heal. I had the best Ortho in the midwest and am glad I finally found him..Hugs Robin
  • Thanks so much for your help. It is very stressful because it seems like the doctors are not taking it seriously and I know my body and it is just not recovering properly this time. I think I get less help because my back, my hips and my buttocks is what hurts the most. The pain the goes down my leg only goes to my thigh and comes and goes, therefore they assume it's not that bad. I live in a very small town and if you don't fit the mold of symptoms they are used to then they write you off.
    I went for a walk today up and down my street but as soon as I came back I am in alot of pain and have to rest. I want my life back.
  • I have annular tear in my L5 S1 and it is extremely painful! I have hip pain too and constant low back pain. I have had all treatments available so far with no relief. I go for Discogram and Ct scan in a few days after that I need to decide to have surgery or not.
    Your symptoms are similar to mine, I was surprised that the MRI showed that it was a tear with this much pain.
    Get checked out and keep us posted.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    As we continue to deal with our pain, especially those dealing with chronic pain, the following will make so much sense The Roller Coaster Ride
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • >:D< Hi and welcome to the Board. >:D< Since your doctor doesn't seem to take you seriously, I'd find another doc. Ask around for a recommendation. As for getting one from any of us, we aren't allowed to mention names of doctors, or advertise, on this Board, but if you can tell us where you live, you never know...there could be someone on the Board who knows of doctors in that area, and he/she can PM (send a private message) you with the doctor's name and contact info. Best wishes and keep us posted.
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