Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Pain to the point of losing my mind.

joygirl70jjoygirl70 Posts: 2
I am new here and have never posted before. I am a seventy year old female and retired nurse. I have had chronic low back pain for years, but was never debilitating. OTC drugs would take care of it. About 6 months ago I started experiencing severe pain in my left leg, buttocks, hip and it traveled to my knee. My hip and knee is the worst pain. It feels like someone is holding a blowtorch against it. My hip is so painful and it seems to travel towards my groin area. I have tried everything and nothing but a Cortisone shot helps it, but I know I can,t continue taking those forever. I,m on Voltaren, Neurontin, Lortab, along with Advil and anything else I think may help the pain. The only thing that even takes the edge off is a heating pad. I,m at the end of my rope, as the pain is unmanageable. I have to walk bent over as that seems to give me just a tiny bit of relief. I know if I keep that up its going to cause me other problems. The pain is so bad I cry and am getting depressed. I,m at a loss as to what else to do. I,ve had an MRI and have been told I have a herniated disk, stenosis, bulging disks and arthritis of the spine. I am afraid of surgery because of my age and the fact I have COPD. I,m praying someone can help me. Please!!


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. I'm glad you found us, but sorry for the reason.

    When you were describing your symptoms, before I read your MRI results, I immediately thought stenosis. I had the exact same feeling and also had stenosis (with a host of other things).

    Who prescribed the MRI? If it was your PCP, then I'd find a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, ortho or neuro, but one that only works on spines. That doesn't mean surgery necessarily, as they can send you to a physiotherapist for other injections that may help.

    But if surgery is the only answer, they'll work with you with your other problems. I know a woman at my church who is in her 70s and just had her second lumbar surgery in as many months and is up and about. Yeah, it (and she) hurts, but she made it through ok and I think you could too.

    Again, though, you need to see a spine specialist and see what they can do for you. You can't go on living like you are, I know. I got to the point that my hubby had to put a stool in the kitchen just so I could make dinner because I couldn't stand long enough to even cut up vegetables.

    Keep us posted and let us know what you decide to do, ok?
  • Thanks for your reply. Yes, I know what you mean when you talk about needing a stool to cook, etc. I,m in so much pain I barely tolerate a shower. I can,t cook, wash dishes, make my bed and I,m barely able to dress myself. Life isn,t worth living if I have to go on this way.
  • All I can do is sympathize. I have exactly the same thing. Just a few minutes ago I stood up and was walking across the room and I had one of those debiliting stabs of pain through the groin and all the way to my toes. I will turn 70 next month and I am gearing up to have surgery. I am seeing a spine surgeon at the university of Iowa spine center. I found this center online and asked my Pcp for a referral. It took 6 weeks to get in and after my MRI I now have 2 more weeks before I go back.

    I take neuronton tylenol and vicodin. I still cant get more than 4 or5 hours of sleep.
    Two things they suggested to me were ice and physical therapy. I almost didn't go to pt because it had not helped before. I have a new pt and he has given me some helpful exercises. Sorry you are in so much pain. I feel for you.

Sign In or Register to comment.