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millerremmillerre Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in New Member Introductions
Good morning!!! If this gets a little long or wordy I apologize in advance. I found you guys this morning on a Google search and boy oh boy am I glad I did.

For about the past 4 years I have been in pain pretty much constantly in my lower back. After all this time of seeing my Family doc and ER room visits all I was being told is I have a pulled muscle, muscle strain, told to lose a few pounds and my all time favorite was the doctor who referred me to a drug treatment facility because he thought I was just looking to score painkillers. Apparently in my demographic (47 year old woman)opiate drug abuse is on the rise. Let me just say that I work 50-60 hours a week, I am raising my 3 year old grand daughter, I do dog rescues and I try to stay active in my church. I don't have the time to be engaged in drug seeking behavior!!!

About a month ago my knees and my hips started hurting really bad and I suspected arthritis and I was right. This time I went to an ortho doctor though. He was a knee and hip specialist but he did an xray on my back too. First one to ever even suggest that. He saw enough in the xrays and after talking to me to suggest an MRI. (I'm going to search this forum after I get done here to see if anyone else has any MRI horror stories. I had a full on panic attack but I got thru it.)

Yesterday I went in to see my ortho about the MRI results and basically he told me that every disc in my lumbar is either torn, pinched or bulging. Even though that wasn't the greatest news, it gave me validation. Someone was finally telling me that there is something wrong. I'm not imagining, exaggerating or looking to score drugs. He looked me right in the eyes and said, "It's not in your head".

As I said earlier my ortho is a hip and knee guy so he made me an appointment with a spine surgeon and I go next Friday. I am scared spitless because I have a really bad feeling that back surgery is in my future.

I have barely scratched the surface here in your forum but I am encouraged and reassured with what I have read so far and I am looking forward to maybe getting to know some folks here.

My name is Becky...I am a 47 year old and I live in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find so much great information throughout the site and the members of the forum are very friendly, supportive and knowledgeable.

    I'm sorry to hear that you've had pain for so long, but am glad you finally found validation for your pain. There are too many who can't find answers, so it's good to hear that at least you know what's going on, even if you don't know what path you'll be travelling yet.

    I know that the thought of seeing a spine surgeon is very daunting, but it really doesn't necessarily mean surgery. It could be that PT will help you, or injections. It's probable that they'll want to try conservative measures before even considering surgery and hopefully that helps.

    Those that have been on the spiney road know that it's almost always a hurry up and wait situation, so try to be patient and not anticipate what will happen. There could be happy surprises along the way, at least I hope there are.

    By the way, you can now call it "our" forum, not "your" forum as you're an official member and we're very glad to have you here. Please keep us posted as you move along your spiney journey. We'll be here to help you as much as we can.

    Take care and again, welcome to Spine-Health.
  • Welcome Becky.. :)))
  • Glad you found us. Keep us posted about your spine surgeon visit. Hope the regular orthopedic doctor gave you something for your pain to tide you over until you do.

    Best wishes,

  • We are glad that you found us , but sorry that you have issues that led you here. The forum is a great place, full of caring, informative members.

    I am glad that your ortho did some tests and now you have some answers and are being referred to a spine specialist.

    Let us know how it goes after your appointment next Friday.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you dropped in. good luck on your upcoming appointment.. stop by the forum anytime, someone is always home!!Jenny :)
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