Hi.. This is my first post, so please.. bear with me. I've been doing as much research as possible on the webpage and various other sites as well. I've been experiencing very frustrating lower back pain for several months now and feel like I am hitting a wall. I don't have medical insurance through my employer and my income limits me from getting a lot of the help I need. I've really neglected my lower back pain up until now but it's become unbearable. It hurts to walk, it hurts to sit, I can't sleep..
I've spent time in the ER and had my back x-rayed but with no real results. I have an appointment at a community clinic next week and am hoping to make a little progress.. guess we'll see.
My biggest question/frustration right now though is dealing with the intensity of lower back pain. Taking tylenol or ibuprofin does nearly nothing for me.. I was prescribed vicodin and a muscle relaxer after my ER visit and neither seemed to help much either. For some reason my body seems/has always been resistant to medication and pain medication. Would tramadol or some other medication be worth asking about .. I'm not so sure. Also if I tell a doctor that vicodin/the muscle relaxers aren't helping with how extreme my pain is - will they even do anything for me/take me seriously?
I have no definitive diagnosis yet and so I just feel hopeless.
Sorry for babbling.. Thanks for listening