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Feeling like there is no hope

Not sure what to say here but I will give it a shot. My name is Jen and Im 38. I had a baby two months ago and started having lower back pain, leg pain and leg numbness around my 7th month. It did not go away after my daughter was born. In fact it grew worse. Much worse. As I was also having continued pain from my c section incision as well my doctor was very dismissive and sent me to pain management. The pain management doctor sent me for an MRI which was normal. In the first two visits that was all he did for me. Yesterday he gave me a facet injection. Everyone at the office told me I would feel instant relief. It was the opposite. I left the office in severe pain. When my husband called the doctor's office later that afternoon the nurse told him to take me to the hospital. The doctor in the ER gave me two shots of dilaudid, which helped. He also gave me hydrocodone, which Ive been on before and didnt help at all. Today I went back to see the pain doctor who basically told me it was not possible for me to feel pain after the facet injection. He said he has never had anyone in worse pain after the injection and there was no reason for my pain. He also commented that I was crying when I left his office after the injection the day before and I should not have been. He was very dismissive and did not even listen to me. All he will do is have me try another injection which I am scared to death of. He will not give me anything for pain. And he said there is nothing else he can do other than the injection. I was crying when I left his office today. I don't know what else to do. I have been out on std due to maternity for 8 weeks and the doctor did fill out the paperwork to try and have me approved for an additional 4 weeks while I am treated for back pain so I feel like I need to stay with him until my extra leave is approved, at least. There is no way I can go back to work like this! I know most people on here have been in chronic pain for years and are alot worse than I am. But I dont know what to do. I am in severe pain. He is treating me like I am crazy or making it up.
I saw this site while trying to look up back pain and thought I would give it a try.......maybe someone has had the same problem or has some advice for me?



  • I would definitely get a different doctor. The doctor sounds very pompous. I have also had strong pain when I was given a shot in my back. I think I was told it could have been too close to the nerve. I would try to see an ortho spine surgeon and/or a neurosurgeon. If you need a referral, I'd call your primary physician and explain what happened with your pain med. doc. Bring the MRI results but more importantly bring the film/cd with you. I've found that the surgeons rely on the film/cd and not on the results, because they are looking at things differently than the radiologist.

    It could be that the baby was pressing on a nerve and hopefully the nerve was just irritated and will heal over time. Of course I don't know and I'm not a doctor, but it could be a possibility.

    Take care,

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Gosh, this should be such a happy time in your life with a sweet little new born. Do you have a great relationship with your PCP? If not, I'd start there and try to find a PCP I could establish a good patient/doctor repor. I'm sure your pain is very real, but what concerns me is all the "risk" factors you are facing for depression. #1 you are post partum. #2 you have started experiencing what could be chronic pain #3 you are starting to feel hopeless, etc. I want to be sure you have a great PCP that can walk you through all of your physical complications while also making sure you are mentally/emotionally as strong as possible. It does certainly sound like you need a new pain management doctor as well and a consult with a spine specialist. And I agree with the above, spine doctors always want the images so they can make their own "report". Best of luck to you! And congrats on your baby!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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    I'm sorry for the pain that you are having, but there are different treatments for acute pain and chronic pain ( pain that lasts more than 6 months). The surgical pain should diminish over time, from the c-section. Remember that the abdominal muscles were cut to deliver your daughter so it takes some time for your strength to return and to get back into the swing of things. It may be that you are suffering a bit of post partum depression, which is very common after giving birth, I think most moms get a bit of it, especially when the pregnancy has more problems than what seems to be 'normal' compared to others pregnancies....it might be worthwhile visiting your gyn /ob and discussing both the ongoing pain from the c-section and the possibility of some postpartum depression.
    As far as the back pain goes, it might very well be that the pregnancy weight put pressure on the sciatic nerve , and it might take a bit of time for it to settle down again. Why did the doctor do a facet injection of nothing of significance was found on the MRI? Injections can cause a flare up of pain, for a few days to a week, so it is not that uncommon , but not all pain management doctors also prescribe pain medications and it may be that this particular PM doctor is not comfortable using opiates to treat the pain but rather uses procedures to do it. Injections done within a few months of the onset of pain usually do help to ease the pain, so it might be that he wants to see if the injections help after a few days, which is the normal time frame for them to start working.
    I hope that things improve soon for you.
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