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Having SUCH a HARD time.. How do YOU do it?

autimom4everaautimom4ever Posts: 25
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Lower Back Pain

I'm been having low back (lumbar/sacral) pain with right hip/inguinal pain for months now...

I'm trying so hard to function like typical (before the pain).. with working, etc... I'm having such a hard time and feel like I'm losing it...

My MRI was negative so Orthopedist said "I don't know"
The Neurologist sent me for PT
I've seen a chiropractor for a month (until she moved)
I went to a spine specialist who seemed to think it was coxxydenia and gave me a coxxyx injection - didn't help.

The NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc) doesn't help
I was prescribed Tramadol but am terrified of it's addictive affects

Any suggestions in dealing with this..?
I'm so scared this will never go away


  • Day by day, experience takes time, be kind to yourself, some things work some things do not, do all that you can that makes it better and nothings that make it worse, if what you are doing does not work after a reasonable time change it, if you do not sign up to change nothing will happen, in wishing or hoping, be pro-active.

    It is unrealistic to expect yourself to do the things you did in your healthy persona that is a recipe for depression, not many here can do any of the things they once did that is chronic pain. Concentrate on what you can do and pace effectively, live like a cat, sleep, rest, take your time and be a cool dude !

    Addiction is under 2% according to Melzack and Wall, in The Challenge of Pain 1988

    The infancy stage of any chronic pain journey is hard, all that fear and apprehension, what will happen and how will this impact on my quality of life, some peoples future is more steady, with pain the future is questionable and indecisive where we have less control. Many here understand how you feel we have done this, we can help, support and encourage you.

    Getting a helpful diagnosis can be a problem; it is never as simplistic as we thought it would be, everything it is not gives a clue towards what it might be so you are getting nearer, it just does not seem that way.

    Having pain each and every day is not easy, you should acknowledge how well you have done.

    Take care. John
  • Pain is exhausting and can feed into depression. You have taken a number of good steps to find out what's wrong. A couple of recommendations - find a good rheumatologist - maybe arthritis is causing the inflammation and pain. Otherwise you could go to Pain Management and they might try shots.

    When I first sought help for my neck/shoulder pain I was told by a spine surgeon that I wasn't operable. I saw a rheumatologist and both they and Pain Management helped for years. The rheumy still is helping.

    Take care,

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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