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I am new here and my name is Dennis. I am currently being treated at the va hospital in columbia sc. I have suffered from lumbar pain since I was in basic training.

In 2009, my neck went south. I went to chiropractors, and my family doctor. When I was asked why I was there, their whole attitude changed when I told them neck and back pain. I was immediately treated with suspicion and badly needed treatment was withheld. This from my own primary care doctor's PA. All said and done with, and 2 herniated discs later, I to this day suffer from chronic pain.

Bringing us up to date, I still continue to face what I call "drug seeker paranoia". With c4 and c5 fused, and ddd throughout my spine, when I went to the er last week, I faced the same treatment from the triage nurse. He even went as far as to say, "weren't you just here the other night for the same thing?". Meanwhile, he had my electronic records open before him.

All the doctors say yes, there is a problem. But it doesnt look that bad. They said the same wih my herniated discs. My images do jot show graphic detail, they never have, in every situation.

I am suffering, no one seems to care, and my mental health is disintergrating.

Anyone else in this boat with me?


  • Hi dennis. Have you seen a pain doctor specialist?
  • At the age of 32 things started to go wrong for me it was hard for me to understand what i was goin through after being such an active person i had to have a C3C4 C4C5 C5C6 C6C7 fushion and 6years on i have lots more problems with my lower back and i am in pain all the time and what Ceasar says dose help seeing a pain specialist dose help thay understand all differant types of pain mine change my medcation and i get injections in my lower spine every 6 months witch helps with at leasl 50% of the pain .I also got help with my mental helth through the pain team because pain can wear a person down after 6years and haveing to give up work .So ask your doctor for some addvice about putting in contact with a good pain team.PS I really hope things get better for you
  • This is the Veterans Administration that I am dealing with. I had an appointment to the pain clinic, arriving early as always, I waited 45 minutes for my time. He doctor came out and called my name. Eager to finally be seen, I got up and went over to the dr. He said, "Your appointment is a mistake. I don't know why you're here".

    After having a major flare up last Thursday and goin to the er, I called the va for a follow up with my primary care dr. I see him Monday.
  • CeasarCCeasar Posts: 5
    edited 02/07/2013 - 9:28 PM
    Will keep you in my prayers, Dennis. Tina is right. Endless pain affects us in so many ways. No one knows unless they've gone through it. I have had four surgeries in five months, two cervical and two lumbar. Tina, have you had surgery for your lower back?
    Don't give up ,Dennis. We're here, if it helps.Please stress to your MD that your pain is not controlled.
  • Ceasar no surgey on my lower back yet trying to hold out on that at the momment as i also have a mild thoratic scoliosis and have scoliosis at the bottom of my spine too. Dennis i really hope things get sortted for you takecare
  • First of all, thank you so much for your service to our country. It is a sad shame you are being treated so poorly. Unfortunately, the mistreatment you talk about is common in the public sector as well. I found that I receive better pain management by getting my pain meds from my primary care doctor and injections from a spine doctor, and so forth. Having all your "eggs in one basket" puts your pain control in the hands of one doctor's opinion and whims, and I have found that to be way to risky. It shouldn't have to be that way, but sadly, it has been that way for me.
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