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Hi, Just looking to talk to people that know what spinal problems feels like

edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone,

I guess the title says it all. I am 30, a mother of Twins born in 2011. I never had a back issue until about two months ago. I am not 100% sure of what is wrong. The main symptom is sciatica, so I am guessing that it is a herniated disk.

We don't currently have medical insurance so I go to a sliding fee scale clinic. Not very helpful. My pain is becoming unbearable. I don't sleep at night because laying down hurts non-stop. I was put on 75mg of Diclofenac which worked for a awhile but there were no refills and so now I am taking 1000 mg of ibuprofen a day.

We don't currently have any family in the area to help with our girls so my husband has had to pick up the slack of what I usually do and go to work full time. And I just don't know what to do any more. The clinic keeps telling me to "Get more exercise" which is great but I am having trouble walking around my house let alone going out and doing something.

Before this I never had any problem with pain. I never took pain medication that was offered. After my c-section with my girls I was up and moving within two hours of the birth. We moved apartments two days later. No issue, I even ended up throwing out the rest of the pain meds they gave me for that. Now I can barely move and when I ask for even a stronger NSAID the nurse practitioners look at me like I am a junkie.

Sorry for the lousy, slightly whiny sounding intro but I am at my wits end. I would gladly take any and all advice anyone has concerning my situation. I have tried talking to my husband but he seems to not understand how horrible the pain actually is.


  • You have come to the right place. There are plenty of us spineys to talk to about spine pain. It is hard for normal people to understand chronic pain.

    Have you tried sleeping with a wedge or pillow under your knees (on your back). That is how I sleep and it helps take the pressure off my back.

    I would keep after the people at the clinic and let them know you are really hurting and need to try something different.

    It took me a long time to find which drugs worked for me and which didn't even tho they were all anti-inflammatories and in the same class of drugs. Also for pain killers as we all react differently.

    If there was any way to see a spine specialist that would be the way to go. Sounds like an xray or MRI would answer a lot of questions about what is going on in there.

    I wish you good luck. Stay strong. It gets so frustrating and lonely sometimes. But there is always someone here that understands pain to talk to.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • hi and welcome to the forum. we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you dropped in! i am sorry to read you are in such pain without sufficent pain medication or treatment!! there are some good nerve pain medications you might want to mention to the clinic as something to treat your sciatica.. check out the "Sciatica Problems" forum for more input as well! i wish i had more answers for you and if it is at all possible, try and see a specialist! good luck to you! keep us informed! Jenny :)
  • Try acupuncture. See if there is a school near you. They do it for a lot cheaper. It works for some people.
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