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Someone can u please tell me if you've had these symptoms.Whats happening

rcurry26rrcurry26 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had severe sciatica. After pregnancy, pain went on for months. I was suprised when they said L4 L5 are 5mm apart.My back felt fine. Therapist said i was on a fine line any further is only surgery. After epidural man i felt great it calmed the nerves so much. I didnt even realize how much pain i was in till it was gone. So my insurance was termin in Nov for stupid county issue i took the cut to keep my 1yr old baby covered.10 wks ago Bam lower back is out. Floored me. No meds. Been pushing hard. I dont even feel the sciatica barely a slight trace. After a shopping trip 2 days ago. i literally was laying on my side and feeling my lower rt back swell up it was wrapping aroun.d my waist into my pelvic area like pressure and tingling. Like i couldnt breathe at times.When stood up cupped my hand right around it.Wanted to go to er all day. Was fighting it scared of a bill that could ruin my family. After bath at night the swelling ? Bulge? idk moved across whole lower spine. Had sister look at it tell me what she saw. she gasped left room said be right back. I knew it was bad. Went to e.r. i was honest right away about having taken a pill that i got from someone. A half a pill at that didnt even work. Delada ?? said Equiv to morphine. I had them for wks broke down yesterday took a half, didnt work took half musc relax. Took my old Rx bottles to e.r ready topay cash expecting same treatment i had before morphine injections. 1 to 2 3 as many as it takes till u calm down. Told the overworked triage teenager that i got it from sum girl she scolded me wouldnt look listen do anything. Get this PLEASE PLEASE Respond She never once asked me what my pain level was, scooted me out with a scowl and said i aint gonna lie to ya... I cried like a baby my pain level was 10++++ She assumed me for some junky idk what kind, pills streetdrugs, akready portrayed me that way when i finally saw dr first ? is about needles drug use recreational drugs im like what im trying to explain the whole thing this bulge in my back she says that my back is fine its not an emergency situation she thinks that im experiencing the same pain ive had for past 10 wks. Really Did that happen. Wouldnt answer any ?'s. Finally caught her one more time said i dont think u understand this thing in my back just got here today. She said ya its inflammed for someone but unless u are peeing or pooping or go completely numb. Im ok But i need mri and spine specialist. Ive had body aches and its like little tingles thruout my body. I feel like my face is warm my skin is warm. Easily distracted cant focus. Its like its too much for my brain. I had anxiety heart palp. Its like yesterday was a complete panic attack. That dr never asked my pain level or even listened to my heart. she thought i was a drug addict i think either that or shes was having an awful day.Ive had panic attacks before i was terrifed that i needed emerg surg.Do u think that the epidural might have messed me up there cuz my back never hurt ever. could i have ruined my back being to reckless. The fact that my baby is a huge baby i have to lift her thats 30lbs i have no choice. Im so sad i cant snap out of it.I felt so good with epidural but dang thats obvious temp fix i would have to pay cash. shuld i would u for couple months to get insurance. Is that a bad idea. She gave me vics. make me vomit. How can i possibly care for my baby. Im freakn out is this a flare up. Is this a symptom. am i gonna be in this much pain forever. i still havent taken the vics since last night. I guess part of me the fighter since this is all new symptoms i have to be sober to feel how bad it really is, so i no what im really dealing with. Its brutal and mentally im wiped thanks for listening.


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many others dealing with serious back issues. I understand why you went to the ER, as you were in pain and thought something serious was wrong with your back, and it is obvious there is something wrong. The ER's these days are so on guard for anyone coming just looking for pain medications and unfortunately back pain is the easiest one to use. However I understand that was not your intent and it is sad you got treated as so, but as I said those doctors have been through the ringer with the addicts.

    So what to do now? Do you have a primary care doctor? If not check your local county for a clinic. The Er doctor did tell you the truth, if you loose control of your bowels or bladder then it is a true medical emergency as it more than like cauda equine syndrome.

    As far as if the ESI did anything to you, I doubt it as you would have felt it more immediate. You actually got what was supposed to happen relief from the pain. However they do ware off over sometime and they underlying problem may still be there. Sometimes those injections take a series of 3 or sometimes they are just putting surgery. But you do need to be checked. Can you go back to the doctor who performed the ESI and perhaps get another one if you are willing to pay cash? I know most surgeons won't see a patient without insurance, as they know they can't operate anyway. Now of course if it turns into a emergency that is a different case.

    Somethings that might help are alternating heat and ice, stretching, muscle relaxers and of course the vic. When you lay down your back while the pain may let up, your back will more than likely tighten up more. You might also find other suggestions as to what might help by reading the threads in the alternative treatment. But I also think you need to be seen by a doctor. As far as what happened at the ER, you need to put it behind you and look at ways you can get medical treatment. Keep in mind most ER's won't do a MRI in the ER, unless it is a true medical emergency, and unfortunately for those of us in pain, that is not considered a true medical emergency. Now if you just came in from a accident it might be a different story. But I think your best place for medical treatment is the doctor who did the ESI, and most doctors won't prescribe pain meds over the phone. I wouldn't mention that you got a pain pill from someone else.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Keep us posted on how you get a long.
  • Yes thats the first thing i did called the place i got epidurals. They dont except cash and cant refer me to anyone in orange county. Theres one in phonebook. Quite a distance that said i have to pay 500 to see dr then he can quote epid prices. That sounded odd to me. How about u. And yes i understand about the er and addicts. Thats why i brought all medic with me and they were dated the month i lost insurance. I even brought the 3 valium they prescr me over yr ago. All 3 still there. It seems the resources here are limited. Ice and heat worked really well for nerve pain. Doesnt seem to be as effective. U are referring to epidural when u say esi. If i even had an idea of $$ i guess i would no if its achievable. Thats prob my only hope at this point. I cant be loaded on pills with my baby. I just cant. I cant be the mom i wanna be in pain. This feels like. Hopeless
  • I totally understand what your going through, although it sounds as though you have severe pain. I would suggest applying for ssi as a last resort, they can help medically and financially.
  • Do u mean disability when u refer to ssi

  • hi all im michelle im 25 im a mum of 2 i lost my youngest to cotdeath in sept 07 and i suffer with spinabifidA occulta and curved spine and arthuritus in all my joints , im on zomorph 150mgs and gabapentine 900mg oramorph 2x5ml spoons of im also on amitryptalin 100mgs ,oxynorm 5x10mgs all this is in 1day and yet im still in bad pain with my back i am in bed most of the time and i get really deppressed i cannot go to any of myappointments the gp makes me /reffers me as iv been told the hospital cannot come and get me out o bed to take me to the hospital ,im having bad trouble with my bladder now as i used to have like 2 urinal full of urine now its only half in 24hrs ,and im scared as everytime iv been to hospital n gp n specialists in past theyv said they cannot find nothing wronng and iv had difrent things said and told all the time.im so scared to go incase they fobb me off again like theyv done 4 24yrs scince i irst mentioned my bk in 1991-well my mum mentioned it. imin bad bad pain all the time and i really donot know what to do and due to this iv got no friends and no1 i can turn too to talk bout this, its made /making my life a missery,the pain i get sometimes is bad but i get like a numbish feeling and get pins of needles in my legs n feet and they go cold it also goes to my back and well its a bad stabbing pain it ffeels like someones got a knife and stabbing it in my back and twisting it round and pushing n pulling up n down ,then i cannot move my feet legs and well i get llike a tickley feeling at the top of my kneck. please help me please or even if someones going thru similar plzzz add me ,and iv had harrasment due to my condition im feeling extremely low
  • Wow im sorry sounds like u are in far worst shape than i am. Im sorry. I no its hard when people dont understand how u feel. Nobody does. Can surgery correct ur condition. Idk if it can mine but im holding on to hope. I get really depressed and down alot to. I prob should have antidepressants. I have no meds at all. Except for the vicodin i paid cash for. Well im a good listener sometimes i hav bad days when i dont want to talk to anyone. Im here if u need a friend
  • hey were all human we are not invincible ,are we n ild love it if u was my friend :) i dont know if surgery can correct it as iv not been diagnosed theyv said my conditions above are not the cause but something is all i keep gettin is fobbed off n i feel like iv no more streggnth to fight anymore....
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