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paininohioppaininohio Posts: 240
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, I’m new here. I’ve been lurking for a few months so I figured it was time to introduce myself. I’m 38 and I’ve had back problems ever since I can remember, but it was usually OK after ibuprofen. Well for the past 2 years the pain has gotten worse and worse to the point where I was walking hunched over.

So my regular family doctor, who is also a retired DO , gives me Celebrex, tramadol and butrans patch for the pain, (not all at the same time of course) which didn’t help; orders me an x-ray, not really thinking anything will show up but is required before an MRI can be ordered.
Well the x-ray showed “TRANSITIONAL LUMBOSACRAL SEGMENT IS SUGGESTED WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE DEGENERATIVE DISK DISEASE AT THE LEVEL TAKEN AS L3-L4 AND L4-L5 WITH ENDPLATE SCLEROSIS AND OSTEOPHYTE FORMATION AND MODERATE FACET OSTEOARTHROPATHY. THERE IS A TRANSITIONAL LEFT LUMBOSACRAL SEGMENT WITH ARTICULATION OF THE TRANSITIONAL SEGMENT AND THE SACRUM (bertolloti syndrome). He tells me that in his 40 years of practice as a DO, he’s never seen a case of bertollotti syndrome, so he refers me to pain management. I also had a neck x-ray which showed “degenerative changes at c-5 c-6 with disk space narrowing and spurring and some uncovertebral spurring. (Neck hurts worse than the back some days)

So I go the pain management doctor, he wants to do injections, which I can’t afford just yet due to insurance deductibles and he is understanding about this. He takes over meds and gives me Percocet 10/325 3x a day, baclofen 3x a day, and ibuprofen 3x a day. I also use my heating pad before bed and before I get out of bed LOL. I also use that Ben Gay lotion that you keep in the freezer. (Man that stuff is incredible!) Also I work full time 40 hours a week in an office setting.

Anyway, that’s my story. Thanks for taking the time to read this.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you decided to drop in! i am sorry you are suffering from severe, chronic pain! how you work is beyond me!!i am glad you are in with a pain management doctor who is offering you adequate pain medications.. perhaps as time goes on you will be able to do some injections.. good luck to you!! stop by anytime!! there is always a spiney around! Jenny :)
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