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Lower back pain since I was 12, said arthris/curve.

Had bad back pain since I was ten yrs old. I'm 23 now. I dislike docs cause I'm tired of being judged at drug addict because perks and Oxys are the only thing that take the pain away. Doctors have tried every pain med except perks. I even did taper program and I was out of commission. ( yes not including "sick" days ) my back is messed up. I have been complaing for years.. And all I got was its hereditary, get a massage.. Useless. I'm smart, hardworking.. And now because I was honest and told the doctor I was taking them for pain when I needed it, they won't even listen to me. I don't know how many offices I have walked into and it was a selfish doctor who actually said enough hurtful things that I walked out. I hurt 24/7 , I'm 24 and very petite, I have to help medicate my own pain? Your "young" your fine... I don't waste my time on doctors at all unless something is really wrong.


  • Hi & welcome!
    I'm assuming you're talking about hereditary osteoarthritis? Maybe you could take us through some of the diagnostic tests you've had & the results so we have a better idea of what you're dealing with. What specialists do you have on your team?

    I'm sure that one of the moderators will post the 'getting started' information for Spine-Health soon. Please take a look, there's some really helpful information. I too have had arthritis from a very young age & I'm quite new here. I hope you find it as rewarding as I have. There are some truly great people here.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • to someone who goes out and gets them , themselves..........all you are doing is showing them that you refuse to follow the rules and let them be the doctors. There are plenty of other options out there to treat arthritis pain, which are far more beneficial than "perks".
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    edited 03/09/2014 - 2:33 AM
    You approach to the whole situation is only going to get you into more trouble. You talk about all the bad experiences with your doctors and not getting narcotics from them. That seems to be the only thing on your mind right now.

    What diagnostic tests were done? Before any doctor is going to put together an action plan for a patient, they first have to have a diagnosis.

    Arthritis can be managed. Rheumatoid Arthritis have medications to control it. Unfortunately, Osteoarthritis does not have any cure. But with approved exercise programs, and some medications it can be controlled to an extent.
    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
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 03/09/2014 - 9:29 AM
    My parents were first told that I had ostiarthritis at a very young age. They both suffer so my Mum decided it was time to take control. I was raised on a very strict arthritis diet created by a team of doctors. No foods that had been interfered with by man. Goat products substituted for dairy etc. Fun yoga was part of my daily life. It became habit, no big deal. As I grew older & independent I realized there was a direct correlation between my pain levels & my daily behavior.
    I now say that my pain problems didn't start until my late 30's because they didn't! I never took medications for pain. I never described myself as an arthritis sufferer because I wasn't. It never stopped me from doing anything in my life before then. I rarely even thought about it. Sadly most people don't want to hear this. They roll their eyes when I say 'diet & exercise'. We live in an era of instant gratification where people are searching for that 'magic pill' that will make everything better.

    Eventually, for many, arthritis leads to structural damage & that's a different story. I'm not saying that chronic pain sufferers can be 'cured' by diet & exercise alone but it's still a major part of my 'blend'. I'm sure there are those rolling their eyes as they read this! For me pain is something I chip away at. Nothing gives me a single pain free day but all the little things make life better. There are so many posts here discussing narcotics & other medications, far more than mention daily diet. I'm not saying the old adage 'you are what you eat' but when I slack I feel it in my mood as well as my pain levels.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I know how you feel. I've had back problems since I was 21 and i am now 29. I had a herniated disc that caused permanent nerve damage and severe pain. I've had multiple surgeries that have only made things worse. The worst part is that it is so difficult to find a compassionate doctor who wants to really investigate things. I've had a hard time finding a doctor who wants to go above and beyond to help me. I would advise you to look into a pain management doctor to help you out. They are more willing to prescribing you medicine to help you, but they will work with you to find the right medication that is best suited to your pain. They also have other methods besides narcotics that could work for you....procedures such as cortisone injections to help with the inflammation if it is some type of arthritis.
    Alexis Roeser
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