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perkins2006pperkins2006 Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Lower Back Pain
I am a 24 year old woman who is dealing with chronic lower back pain...my L3 L4 L5 discs have slipped and are herinated to do severe scoliosis.. i have been to the doctors to try to help coup with the pain they have giving me the lumbar shots on which i ened up even worse and had a spinal headache for about a week.....right now i am trying to medditate and do daily stretches...but right now nothing is helping I am very upset because my doc will not give me any pain meds to help with the pain...I am very frustrated and at a road block...


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    I've read so many times with new members about spinal problems, been to the doctors, provided with some conservative treatments, but no pain medication.

    I always ask the question WHY?

    What is your doctor's rationale for not providing you with pain medication? Every doctor has to answer that type of question.

    Since you mentioned you have had lumbar injections, I am not sure if they were trigger point or epidurals. In almost either case you probably had to see a Pain management specialist or other Spinal specialist instead of just a primary care physician.

    If your current doctor does not want to prescribe pain medications, what then is their action plan for you?

    Being too young for pain medications is not a valid answer. I started when I was about 15 and have been on/off narcotics for over 30 years now.

    And please do not let someone tell you to quit this doctor and find another one. That might be an option down the road, but first you need to establish some foundation with this doctor.
    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
  • I'm from the UK , originally from Anglesey in Wales , but now in Scotland .
    It wasn't difficult getting pain relief , but it was difficult getting an MRI scan , but after 8 years of waiting , I was operated on the 6th April to treat numbness in both legs and lower back and now have pain in my thigh and leg ! Makes a change I suppose .

    This was the only forum I could find that dealt with pain .
    Hope you don't mind the Welsh !!
  • I have been with this doc for about 10 years...he says i am too young to be on pain meds and if i get on thenm he is afraid i will abuse and get addicted..:( when I had the lumbar shots I went to az pain centers..and the doctors there said the same thing about the pain meds
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    with Medical Insurance, Malpractice and the DEA, everyone can be a bit wary of narcotic pain medications.

    But these medications are there for a purpose. They are to deal with moderate to severe pain.

    Many doctors today use pain contracts with their patients as a means to try to avoid any potential medication abuse and possible addiction.

    But when you are in real moderate to severe pain you need something to help you. As I stated in my previous post, being too young is not a valid reason for not being prescribed pain medications.

    If the doctors have concerns they have ways to work with you on this.
    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
  • thank you I am so glad I am not the only one that feels this way... i only have the state issued insurance .. so im not sure if that is the main issue....but i just moved from the small town into the big city and will be getting a new doctor so I am hoping he\she will be able to work with be a bit better...
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