Hello all, I joined this site about a year ago. At the time I was suffering from severe lower back pain and numbness in my legs. Been having pain off and on for about 15 years. I have been to countless doctors, have had countless tests and they can never find anything wrong with my back. Except for a slight degenerative disc disease. Which they said there is nothing they can do about it. I do yoga everyday, which helps sometimes.
This past year I have had a pinched nerve 4 times and been taking naproxine, a muscle relaxers. Still the doctors can't find anything wrong and the degenerative disc disease is still the same. Recently, I lost about 30lbs and I felt great for about 3 months. minimal back pain but I can live with that. Then about 3 months ago started to feel burning, itching and sharp shooting pain in my right shoulder blade. Also pain shooting threw my right breast down my right arm. Then numbness and tingleing in my arm. Went to the doctors, who seemed very concerned instead of the blank look when I describe my pain. (I am sure we have all had a couple of doctors do that) Anyway he sent me for an x-ray of my whole spine. Of course didn't see anything except now I have a little arthritis in my L 6 area. Which is not related to my pain. Put me on valium and codeine and sent me for an MRI. Which my insurance would not pay for. They said that it wasn't medically necessary. Yea right, okay. I wish they could live in my body for one day. Now I need to see an orthopedic surgeon to get the MRI done. I am really scared because he might be one of those with the blank look. i am completly at my wits end. I am so tired of being in pain everyday. I am still working as a dental assistant( I know it doesn't help my back) but I have no choice. I just live with it and when I get a chance to sit I have my heating pad attached to my desk chair. LOL. That is how I get through the day. My husband doesn't understand, he says that he going to trade me in for two 20 year olds or take me out back and put me out of my misery. I know he is just joking but it still hurts. Most of the time I try not to say anything about my pain to anyone. Because I am sure they are tired of my complaining. My family just keeps telling me to stretch and exercise. I tell them I do everyday but it doesn't help. now I just stop saying anything to anyone and suffer in silence. It is really nice to be able to get all this out. By the way I did buy a new bed. Tempurpedic and I love it. It as helped a little but not completely. I have had it for 30 days now. Hopefully this new doctor can find someting wrong with me. I feel like a hypochondriac or a drug seeker. lol. Anyway thanks for listening. God bless.