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Tired of the pain

cowgirlup914ccowgirlup914 Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Lower Back Pain
I began having lower back pain a few years ago. At my last visit to an orthopedic doctor (about 3 years ago), he told me I had no disc space at the L-5, S-1. His recommendation was a shot on each side of my lower back. This helped for about 3 days, then back to the regular pain. I switched doctors and all he did was prescribe pain medication. He also told me the two discs above are starting to show the same signs of degenerating. The L-5, S-1 has shifted and is pushing the sciatic nerve out which causes pain down to my knee on the right side.
This past weekend I was doing yard work and being the independent, stubborn person that I am picked up a 50# bag of horse feed out of the back of my SUV and slide it onto my shoulder. It instantly felt like someone had dropped it on my head and pushed me downward. That evening I was in tears with pain and was having chills. I took some Ibuprofen and went to bed. The next day I took it easy while outside, but then helped my daughter muck stalls, again that night, screaming pain and chills. I just stayed in the bed most of the day on Sunday. I'm still having pain radiating around to my pelvic area. Any suggestions on what I can do, the doctors obviously don't want to do anything other than pain medication and I don't tolerate pain medicine very well.
Sorry this was so lengthy!


  • I also ride horses and when riding, I don't notice the back pain - strange isn't it?
  • Hi cowgirl :wave:

    You really really need to go get a MRI - ASAP, seriously! If it were me I would go to the ER if your Drs won't get in you soon.

    This does not sound like something to "play" around with.

    I may very well be wrong but I have been told many times that the chills and such come from the pain being so bad/high that your body is in a state of shock.

    PLEASE come back & update when you can and let me know how you are doing.

    Many good thoughts & prayers coming your way :hug:
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Thanks for your concern. I should have gone to the ER, but I didn't have anyone to take me and it was so late. I was so tired I just decided to lie down and hope the pain subsided.

    I was offered an MRI but my insurance only covers a portion of it and my portion would have been, at that time, over $500 so I had to give up that option. No, the doctors wouldn't let me pay a little at a time so only had x-rays done. They all show the same problem. I'm not a doctor, but I can plainly see where the problem is.
  • I am sorry you can't get a MRI.

    BUT you need to do some research and call around and see what care you can get. This is not going to go away with just Ibuprofen. :(
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • You can take tramadol, it is a prescription that is available in different dosage and medical forms. It is more commonly prescribed in a coated tablet or capsules, but is available, depending upon a physician’s prescribed treatment
  • So sorry to hear you can't get the MRI. I had my vertebrae push onto my spinal column and cause pain, just as it seems you are having with the sciatic nerve. I had fusions to stablize my spine. I had 3 in all as my spine is badly deteriorated from an accident.

    Not from riding horses tho. However I am just as stubborn as you are when it comes to lifting too much!!

    Can you get another doctor's opinion? You might want to ask about anti inflammatories too. It took several tries to find the one that worked for me.

    I used to be on tramadol and it worked very well. I had to move up to stronger drugs recently as I have SI joint problems now. I know lots of people on tramadol.

    Good luck and please keep us posted as to how you are doing.

    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.
  • Please don't click on the post with the tramadol 50mg link. They want you to buy it online. I have reported this post to Admin.
    I don't want someone who does not know better to click on it. Posts like this are not allowed and I am sure as soon as my PM is read or if a mod/admin finds it first it will be edited/removed.

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • you need to decompress the disc,

    riding horses and lifting heavy things compress the disc,

    personally from what you mentioned....i don`t beleive it will be a good idea for you to ride horses anymore,

    you have a couple of options to begin curing yourself,

    decompression therapy (expensive),

    inversion table (about 200 dollars),

    or make your own decompression device, (about 50 bucks),

    I made one for my mom and it worked like a charm,

    this is what i did,

    I bought a waist belt at and orthopedic store, it`s made of thick denim and had things on it where you could tie ropes to it,

    I bought some cliff-climbers rope but any type can do,

    and i tied two ropes in the back and two in the front of the belt,

    I put the belt on my mom`s waist snug and i would pull the ropes from the other end to decompress her spine (she would be lying on her back with a pillow under her kness)

    the nice thing about my device is that since you have a person pulling on it... the verbal feedback from the patient lets you know how much to pull and where,

    I used to do several movement techniques, to the side up, down, gently but firm,

    I did 10 minutes session twice a day,

    the pain relief is instant and lasts all day,

    as time goes by the disc begins to open up and fluids go in to regenerate it with nutrients, oxygen and water,

    hopes this helps.

    Live to Pray
  • I agree that u need an MRI. I have back pain and have posted my story. ( I could use some help as well) maybe a nerve block would help you. Try to see a spine specialist or PM doc. Good luck.
  • I don't think I want to go with decompression. My best friend's sister is having this done and she is in severe pain. Nerve blocks - no thanks. A friend of mine at work has this done and doesn't last very long.

    Can't afford an MRI - it's over $300 out of pocket.

    Won't give up riding my horses, the pain is gone when I ride. In fact, 2 weekends ago, I was dismounting and my left foot slipped out of the stirrup and I hit the ground. Amazingly enough, I was pain free for over a week - go figure! My tailbone didn't hurt, no pain in my back. The make support to put in your saddle but don't need that right now. The saddle I use is very snug on me so I get support on my lower back.
  • Have Tramadol, don't take it. I had a very bad experience with pain medicine so I just stick with Ibuprofen.
  • Whenever i masturbate i am getting lower back pain anything serious????

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  • granty said:
    Whenever i masturbate i am getting lower back pain anything serious????
    your body is telling you something....

    pain is a sign that what you are doing is not beneficial for your overall health....

    if you continue with this habit it will only get worse....

    practice continence....

    listen to your body....

    your spinal cord is your main tool....

    take care of it.....no extras in stock.
    Live to Pray
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