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Chronic mid back pain with no answers.

My name it's Rob, in late march I had a trauma induced seizure which has left me with severe mid back pain. My doctor looked at my x-ray from the hospital and said that there is no reason for me to be hurting. Needless to say I'm still hurting. I wake up on a daily basis in chronic pain. The doctor gave me low dose flexeril and voltaren. I've explained to her that they still don't help with the pain. I'm getting the feeling she thinks I'm full of it. I'm 27 and I get the same thing from each doctor "your way to young to be in this much pain" as always I reply with "I agree". I have a physical therapy evaluation scheduled for later this month. Has anyone else had problems like this? If so do you have any pointers for me. Its to the point to where my pain is getting me rather frustrated and grouchy and the doctors aren't helping much. Thank you in advanced.


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  • Chronic pain can be a real nightmare especially when no one seems to be able to identify what the issue is. I sometimes find I can almost be the cause of the pain because I'm thinking about that spot being painful all the time. Try imagining pain in your leg and you might be able to feel it.

    We become so used to pain that sometimes it just stays with us even though it shouldn't. This might not be the case with you but maybe attempt to "forget" about the pain and try place it somewhere else. There is a technique called EFT which might be useful researching a bit.
  • I have had pain down my back and legs for a year. I've had a MRI and various blood tests which all show nothing. Painkillers no longer help and my doctors are now saying the pain in psycological. However I have been on anti depressants for 11 months and seen a psychiatrist. I still have a great deal of pain and my doctors are no help. Have you heard about painkilling injections into the spine? It is said they can give relief for a couple of months.
  • terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,831
    edited 07/12/2013 - 2:42 AM
    there are a lot of issues in your post. first of all your tests show nothing and you say pain killers no longer help. what type of pain killers are you on? i would guess if there was nothing on your tests, your doctor gave you naisd's. if you are telling your doctor that they don't work and there is nothing on your tests, this response is not really an appropriate one. there are two issues that are red flags, one, tests show nothing and pain meds don't help. doctors won't respond in a positive manner with this information. first of all what type of pain do you have, you did not mention and what tests did they give besides an mri. second what pain meds are you taking. the worse thing you can tell a doctor is that the pain meds don't work because it sounds like you want stronger ones even though nothing shows up. please tell us what type of pain and what meds don't work.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,831
    edited 07/12/2013 - 10:30 AM
    you are correct in that there is no info to make a diagnosis. i am only going by the sketchy info that he posted. he did not mention annual tares or injections or anything for that matter. you are also speculating about what is going on. until there is more info we are both guessing. that is why it is important to be as precise with ones info when posting. this was for james macd not the original poster also and i think this is where the confusion is, if you read james macd's post you will see what i was getting at. i understood the original poster's post and have no issue
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • your head. I read an article, close to a year ago, where they have been able to isolate a part of the brain that is overactive in patients who suffer from debilitating chronic pain that can't be correlated to other diagnostic tests. They are at the early stages of the research but if it pans out they can develop medication/treatment that will target that part of the brain. They theorize that some individuals who get hurt, be it a pulled muscle or torn/bulging what ever and the initial cause for the pain heals, this particular area of the brain remains overactive and the pain continues. This isn't to say that you are imagining the pain, the pain is real as your brain registers it. It's not a mental illness but bonafide condition they hope to eventually treat. In some cases it can become intransigent, won't respond to any medication/treatment.
    There is so much about our bodies and brains that we still do not know. Hopefully for some of our sakes they can move along in their research as fast a safely possible.
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