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First time poster-need to let off some steam

Im a 30 year old male from philadelphia. On February 20th of this year I moved my room around and that night I was in pain. I went about a week before I went to the ER not because of the pain so much but because my left foot felt like someone was injecting my veins with ice water . They diagnosed me with lumbar sprain. At the follow up with my primary they told me to get an X-ray and MRI. The X-ray got done that day. While waiting for the results I was sent to an orthopedic who got the results of the X-ray which showed degenerative disk disease and bone spurs. He then referred me too a pain management doctor who prescribed some pain meds, neurontin and flexeril which have taken away the foot problems but the back pain seems to get worse everyday.
After four doctors trying to get the MRI my insurance still wouldn't pay for it. I was at my wits end because I knew that the MRI would show more. Finally after getting the results the MRI showed more arthritis bulging disk, herniated disk and some kind of nodes. I was on methadone for eight years (for addiction) and I'm staring to think that was masking the pain because the pain became unbearable my last days of completing the clinic. That's another thing, when I initially went to my doctor they never wanted to give me anything like narcotics yet the one time I don't want anything they offer it. I turned it down which made me very proud of myself. Anyway I'm at physical therapy twice a week which I think is making it worse. I know it will hopefully help me in the long run but as of now its killing me. While there my therapist had to call in a spine specialist which had me freaked out because they just kept touching this one painful part and not really taking to me about it. After a couple of minutes he told me that he noticed a small lump on my lower left back which I felt many times and said it could be a deposit of some kind so he emailed me doctor and my doctor said its a massive muscle spasm. I go for shots in my back Tuesday and I'm really nervous about it and hope everything goes well. Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks


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  • manyquestionsmmanyquestions Posts: 4
    edited 09/15/2016 - 10:21 AM
    I understand your worry, so do most people here.I think its important you try and stay relaxed, which I know is near impossible, and make sure you do vent. Talk. Etc.
  • Thanks I really appreciate it. That night was a bad night. Today is bad but not terrible. I was looking at the long list of stuff on my mri and saw Schmolers nodes. Does anyone have them?
  • Ok. I had back injections on Tuesday April 16th and when I got home I was in agony. I know the bad migraine was part of it but the pain in my back was terrible. The next day (Wednesday) wasn't so bad. I hope this makes sense-I don't know if my back was better overall or just better than the previous day.
    Right now as I write this I am in a lot of pain. My diagnosis was degenerative disk disease, bone spurs, muscle spasms, 2 modic endplate changes at L5-s1,disk degeneration L5-s1, multiple schmorls nodes throughout the lumbar spine, L3-4 diffuse disk bulge, L4-5 diffuse disk bulge, L5-s1 diffuse disk bulge, mild lumbar spondylosis with mild neuroforaminal narrowing L4-L5 and narrowing at L5-s1.
    Anyway. They gave me the injections and I felt everything. The doctor said he shot me up with so much numbing medicine that I shouldn't have felt anything. I was on methadone for 8 years not for pain (you figure it out) and he thinks that it messed with my tolerance to medicine. I don't want anything stronger than the meds their giving me now I just want some relief. The pain is constant. Before the injections it was always on my left side and small pain in the center but now it's a lot worse on the left, very uncomfortable in the center and now pain on the right.

    Any responses would be appreciated
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