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L4 L5 collapse

MO PainMMO Pain Posts: 4
edited 01/28/2014 - 2:43 AM in Lower Back Pain
Anyone else have this problem..? I'm seeing a spine surgeon now for an MVA which resulted in compression fraction fracture if S1 and collapse of L4 L5 now causing horrendous left leg pain.. This all happened last April.. So the first time I see him he had the flu and only looked at my X-rays and said ok we need an MRI.. Shortest doc visit ever.. Did the MRI and now scheduled for ESI on Wed. In the meantime I had called and asked for something to ease the pain as I do no sleep and can't function with pain.. The nurse calls back and says he only will prescribe post op.. Hello I'm in pain lady.. So this morning I have called yet again and nothing.. Seriously, this is ridiculous.. It's like the buck gets passed.. I'm told to see my GP then he says ask my spine surgeon.. Who's the doctor here? Why is it so hard to just be somewhat relieved until we see if in fact the ESI works..
MO Pain


  • Problem with getting relief when my severe issues first started. To be in such pain, totally debilitated and feel like nobody is willing to help is the worst feeling, so I empathize with you! What worked for me was visiting my GP and explaining the situation, that I had an appointment scheduled with a neurologist but it was still several weeks out, and what could I do in the mean time? As soon as she saw the condition I was in, she was very willing to write me a script for meds for that time frame. Granted pain meds only took me down from a 9 or 10 to a barely functioning 7or 8 on the pain scale, but it was a godsend at the time. I would try your GP again, not ask for meds specifically, but rather " what do you suggest to manage this pain until I go for my ESI ?" Take care and I hope you find some relief!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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