I seperated from Active Duty about 7 months ago and have finally started receiving VA Healthcare, I dont have any insurance and havent been abled to find a job yet so it is a god send. I was seen for my Chronic Lower/Mid back pain multiple times while in the military and it was constantly shrugged off as a strain or spasm and I was given Motrin 800 and sent back to work. The VA Doctor evaluated me and sent me to have XRays taken, the XRays were evaluated and I was told I have A "complete transitional or L6 vertebra with bifid spinous process". After research I now known what the "diagnosis" means, but most of the research I have found reports that my issues are not associated with any pain. I also have been diagnosed with slight scoliosis as well before joining the military but was told it wasnt severe enough to disqualify me from military service. Does anyone else have these issues and have moderate to severe lower/mid back pain? Is it just me? Am I alone in these symptoms?
also - I had never taken stronger pain medication before and the VA Doc initially perscribed me Tramadol 50mg which didnt work, now she prescribed me a Hydrocodone7.5mg/Acetaphinomen500mg which still does not seem to work when the pain is severe which is about 4-5 times weekly. I feel like the Dr. may think I am a drug addict or something if i report that these still dont quite do it. I just dont know what to do!
Thanks for any suggestions or comments