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.