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22 With Chronic Back Pain 24/7. Please Help

I personally thank you if you take the time out to read the following. I am in desperate need of help and need to know the steps to take.

About 2 years ago, in the middle of a basketball game, I jumped and when i landed, my back randomly started burning extremely bad. I hoped that it was merely a sprained/strained back, that would leave after resting and taking it easy. The pain was extremely bad as i said, and 24/7. Well Here i am two years later, still trying hard to endure this pain, and i am getting so tired. I was in college before all this occurred, and it forced me to drop out and give up my dreams.

I have taken steps to solve the issue, 5 months after the injury, i got an mri and x ray which showed no glaring problems. I have tried foam rolling, ice, heat and yoga, but the pain is still there. I am getting very depressed. How is one supposed to endure pain 24/7, and live a normal life? Yes i somehow manage to hold a minimum wage job, but this is not what i wanted. I would have graduated college by now, living a nice happy life.

Sorry for the negativity, but this is how i truly feel. What are my next steps to try and correct this pain? Is chiro recommended? Should i be seeing lots of spine specialists to see how to solve the issue. Another thing is how will i be able to afford alot of doctor visits? I've been saving a bit of money, but i would really hate for it to be blown all on doctor visits, and not be even a step closer to being pain free.

i feel a bit lost.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    edited 07/27/2014 - 6:19 PM
    This is even more true when you have had diagnostic tests which come back negative. Many times it becomes a detective challenge trying to determine what is the root problem.

    The medical field rely on the three areas to help determine the problem:

    • 1. Diagnostic tests (ie MRI, X-Rays, CTScans, EMG, Discograms, etc (and their results)
      2. Clinical examinations. Many times a diagnostic report shows one thing, but the one on one exam shows something different
      3. Patient feedback and appearance.
    A good doctor will use all three of the above to help figure out what is going wrong. It is easy when the diagnostic test show problem areas, the clinical examination verifies that and the patients feedback and appearance all back that up. A person may not want to hear the bottom line with all of that, but at least you know where you stand.

    For you, things appear to be different. So many times you will read about people having back type of problems but all the diagnostic tests come back negative. So basically, that would mean that you the patient should not be in pain from a direct spinal problem. However, you could have a muscle problem, a tear, a pinched nerve, etc which can produce tremendous amount of pain which can last for quite some time.

    The fact that this has been your situation for over 2 years now, would indicate that some type of formal diagnosis was made.

    Has your doctor(s) come back to you with the cause of your problem and what should be done? Normally, a conservative approach n trying out physical therapy would be the first approach. Depending on the outcome of that, the doctor may come up with the next course of action. There are a number of conservative treatments that could be administered to help reduce some of your pain, plus provide aid in isolating the problem.

    What actions has your doctor taken to date? What kind of medications have they prescribed?

    One of our moderators, Sandi put together this thread that has been very useful . Take some time to read Chronic Pain Step by Step Treatment procedure

    One thing that you do have on your side... Age Being young and as it seems an athelete your body should be in good shape. So , whatever is going on right now, you should be able to combat it and get it back into normal shape a lot faster than us older folks or those that are not in good shape.

    This all be discouraging I understand that I remember all too well what it felt like when I was 28 in great shape and had my first major spinal problem. Do all the right things, listen to your doctor's recommendations, etc. You could easily be back on your feet, normal in a short period of time. Define short? That is totally objective and subjective.

    Stay positive.
    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
  • Take advice from Ron and be proactive, nobody else is going to come looking to heal you, you must put the effort out there to continue seeing doctors and requesting help such as physical therapy, massage therapy, etc. I've had chronic foot pain for 4yrs. now and still no official diagnosis, but if I hadn't continued to see the doctors then I never would have the help with pain management as I do today. Believe me, pain management from a doctor can be a long curvy road so I suggest starting as soon as possible. Good luck to you and I hope you get some help soon.
  • maldomaldommaldomaldo Posts: 7
    edited 07/29/2014 - 11:59 AM
    My daughter which 20 sees a spine orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunaly, she had alot of complications from surgery. But we dont hold the surgeon responsbile for the infection. You need to find the Dr. that handles all the hard cases and says they will get to the bottom of it.

    I have posted on the forum with my daughter Sadies story.
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/30/2014 - 11:06 AM
    I know it can be incredibly frustrating trying to identify your pain generator & I completely understand you not wanting to blow your hard earned savings chasing your tail. Maybe if you describe the kind of pain that you're enduring we could point you to the correct specialist. What & where are you suffering? What makes it a little better/worse, Laying, walking, sitting, standing etc.? What has your doctor said, have you only seen a GP so far? Are any meds helping, muscle relaxants, nerve meds, antiinflamatories?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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