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stepmonsterof3sstepmonsterof3 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in New Member Introductions

I'm a 37 year old female, who is at her wits end. I've been dealing with pain and burning for about 11 years now. My symptoms are...neck and lower back pain. Burning in both legs (right one more then the left). I also suffer from leg weakness. It gets so bad, that I can't even walk without a walker...making me wish at times that I had a wheelchair.

I've been to at least 5 different specialists...and they all seem to shrug their shoulders and frown. I've been told that I have a herniated disc at c6-c7...cervical spinal stenosis and boney overgrowths...and that's just in my neck! I also have two herniated discs in my lower back at L4-L5 and L5-S1.

I've had three EMGs, so many MRI's that I can close my eyes and "hear" the humming of the machine in my sleep...and enough drugs to give pain relief to underprivileged druggies..(sorry humor is my relief.) I've had physical therapy, injections, chiropractic visits, soft massages and stretches.

The neuro surgeon that I'm seeing presently has sent me to my latest physical therapy fun...I actually had to quit because the weakness and pain were getting worse with going. I can't see him again until August...the problem is right now I can't even walk across the room without looking like I've had a few too many... I don't know what to do anymore. How do I get my doctors to take things more seriously? I'm losing work, my house is a wreck! And I'm about to pull out my hair!

Has anyone else had a similar situation and received any relief? Please help me....




  • hi bea,living in pain everyday,can make anyone go crazy.i go through the same thing,and im sure alot of others do to.i have many days like you do,and just pray the next day will be better.i think doctors cause most of our pain,because they dont take us seriously,and how much of a impact pain has on our lives,and the lives of others.what are the doctors telling you as far as your options are?besides pills and more pills.do they have a plan in place?are you a candiate for surgey?or will it make it worse?are the disc pressing on nerves?i figured it alot of doctors dont like dealing with pain patients,because we are hard to treat.are your meds helping at all?i would write down all of your concerns,and worries,and bring them up to your doctor at your next appt.and make him or her listen to you.and answer your questions.good luck
  • sending gentle hugs your way! It sounds like the doctors have been trying conservative options to relieve your pain.
    Lazy has some great questions for you. I was also wondering if you are looking at surgery?
    I have had surgery this year on both my cervical and lumbar. Conservative therapies did not give relief and there really wasn't any other option for me.
    I am in the process of healing now and staying hopeful that all will get better.
    take care,
  • Thank you for your responses. I'm not sure what my docs next move is. He told me that if the physical therapy didn't work, then I was to come back and find out what the next step was. Personally, I don't know what else is left to try other than surgery. I've done everything there is other than that. Part of me thinks he's dragging his heals about "cutting me open". I think the herniation in my neck is touching a nerve because I have pain going down my arm into my fingers.

    All the drugs I've taken...including the narcotics don't do anything really. The stronger ones just give me a really nice sleep...along with a hangover the next day. Does looking these doctors in the face and telling them "enough is enough! FIX ME!" work? lol! I'm almost to that stage.

    Thanks again. :) Bea
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Sad to say but unless it is a life and death decision your insurance company is determining the next steps. The doctors have to go through the motions. Surgery will not be approved unless other options are exhausted, such as physical therapy and injections. If no improvement is given with either option then insurance companies will consider surgery. Call your neurosurgeons office and ask them to put you on a cancellation list, tell them that you are unable to complete the physical therapy and that you are having a really rough time. Hopefully you will not have to wait until Aug. to see him. I might add that Drs also go the conservative route but if it is not working for you there has to be other options. Have you done injections yet? I did get relief from injections although they only worked for a few weeks. Any relief is a plus! Keep us posted
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