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Hard to pin point

Ice manIIce man Posts: 123
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Chronic Pain
The pain in my back seems to move around and it makes it hard for me to pin point or explain my pain to my Dr. I am going for my second series of nerve root blocks on Monday and I don't want to sound ignorant when I try to explain where my pain is coming from. Some days it is on the left side, some days on the right and sometimes it is in my hips. Does anyone else have this problem and how do I explain where the pain is coming from? Chad


  • Yep, and I was seeing a physiatrist (muscular skeletal dr) and he helped me figure out how to describe it.

    Good luck with the blocks.
  • D can you give me any pointers?
  • I think all of us have these phantom roving pains. I'm sure your not the first patient to be unable to pin point the source of your pain.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Yes, I was getting some injections. And the Dr. asked me if the pain was on the top or the bottom of my foot. Or was it coming from the side. etc. I said I can't pin point it. And he said well I have to know where to do the injection. Some of this pain could be coming from L-1. Some from L-5, S1.
    He was irritated. But so was I. like you, it moved from different places at different times. So did the pain in my back. X( :/
    I get his point, but dose he get mine? It depends largely on what I've been doing to bring the pain on! What was the nerve conduction tests for. Or don't you see that in my chart? @)
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  • Jim I am going this morning for the injections again and after reading your post, I am going to take my surgical notes, EMG results etc. Maybe my Dr. can surmise something from all of this and get it right.
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