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help w/ low back pain

Happy i found this site, been reading posts and there is alot of good information here. I'll give a little summary and see if anyone has any advice or suggestions. I'm 38 and male and have played competetive sports from the time i was 5 up until about 30. In the last 5 years or so i've been dealing with low back pain and about 6 motnths ago i decided to see a pain management doc at the orthopedic office. We started w/ PT w/ no help, then 2 rounds of injections w/ no relief (except in the short time after when numbing medecine was still there). Now im on the second physical therapist and scheduled to have RF ablation. Just looking for thoughts on this and what advice anyone has. On another note, ever since this started the doc offered me one prescription of vicodin back in febuary and will not prescribe any more pain meds. I understand the risks of narcotic pain meds but i also am in severe pain on a daily basis. Is this normal for me to be told just to deal with it? Just a little frustrated after all the failed attempts to fix this problem. I'm 38 but i feel like i'm 98 :(



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi there-
    Doctors are really weird about prescribing narcotics these days- the Federal government is breathing down their backs along with state authorities.

    My suggestion is to see a neuro or orthopedic surgeon and get an MRI. The doctor might be able to tell what the exact issue is and treat it appropriately.
    3/11/13 successful ACDF
    7/13 inconclusive discogram
    Currently in PT for lumbar pain
  • Thats what i'm finding out. So the people who abuse them have made it impossible for people who need some temporary relief to get them. Great!

    He did have me get a XRAY first time then a MRI next. He said it was arthritis. But i'm just curious if thats the proper diagnosis? so now i'm debating on getting a second opinion. My only hesitation is that he will take offence to it. Just don't want a guy who i've offended to be burning nerves in my back.
  • 2nd opinions are expected and almost always welcome to good physicians. it isn't offensive. I'm sure there are a few doctors out there that might take it that way, but surely you wouldn't allow them to treat you anyways... I know my surgeon's office will make you a disc of all the images they have compiled, including images from other places for this purpose, to make things easier...
    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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