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.