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Not sure where to start - Chronic back pain with multiple issues


I have been living with pain for about 3 years and it is now at a point where I think I need to step up my treatment. I have spinal stenosis, fairly sever sciatica, some scoliosis, and extreme muscle tension throughout my entire back. I stretch 2-3 times per day and over the last year have relied on tramadol to get through the days. I have had a spinal epidural steroid injection that provided some temporary relief and tons of physical therapy and chiropractic which has done nothing.

I am in San Fransisco so I am sure there are good doctors in the area... I just don't know where to turn. Any advice would be appreciated.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 12/16/2013 - 8:05 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • i am also from the bay area, mountain view and i have a good pain guy. I would forgo the chiropractor because they don't help structural issues like stenosis and sciatica. did you have mri's x-rays, disographies, nerve conduction tests to help with your diagnosis? i would see a pain guy and an othro or a neuro in your area asap.
    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.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,342
    edited 12/17/2013 - 6:32 AM
    Here is a link to the Step by Step Guide to getting treatment for Chronic Pain, and another link to the physician lookup tool on Spine Health....http://www.spine-health.com/doctor/find-a-physician

  • Thanks Sandi and Jon for the info. It is interesting to get perspective from others who have or are going through back pain issues. I find that most of the time when I talk to people about it, even doctors, they tend to assume that when I say back pain, I mean the sort of low level nagging pain people generally complain about... but this is way beyond that. It's good to know there are so many more options for treatment and diagnosis available.
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