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Cassie, 24, in pain

CassRathCCassRath Posts: 1
edited 09/30/2014 - 7:39 AM in New Member Introductions
I wrote an intro and it didn't post?

I didn't know people still used forums, but I'm interested. I don't have a diagnosis yet, but I've been in agonizing pain for three weeks. I can hardly work. Lower, middle, and upper back/neck pain. Pain shooting down my left leg. Headaches. I went to the ER and had an x ray done. It was "normal." I went to a chiropractor. He made it worse. I have a family doctor appointment tomorrow and I'm going to ask for an MRI. I'm hurting so bad. I failed the straight leg raise test at my yearly physical and the doctor said that was really bad. I'm very stressed up, worried, upset, etc. I wonder if this is permanent and what I can do about it. I need a lot of support, if it's available. I just want a diagnosis so I know where to go from here.


  • kinpainkkinpain Posts: 958
    edited 09/30/2014 - 8:15 AM
    Yes, forums are still very much alive. This is where people with spinal problems come for information, and support. We understand your pain, as we have all been there. To see you family doctor is a good place to start, and hopefully he/she will refer you to a spine specialist. An MRI is also good to identify your problem areas and their severity. Good luck and keep us posted, and if you have any questions just ask, as long as they are not related to your MRI interpretation, these you should always direct to your doctor.
  • When you get the MRI done, you may want to ask your primary for a referral to a spine surgeon. Your primary is not the best equipped to offer you treatment options or diagnosis of spine problems. They are general health practioners, not spine specialists.
    I would stay away from the chiropractors until you have consulted with a surgeon to see what he suggests as far as treatment.
  • I am sorry to hear about your condition- I feel your pain, trust! I agree with Sandi, you need to see someone who specializes in the spine and maybe even nerves too. It sounds like nerve pain to me. Maybe ask for anti-inflammatory from your PCP in the mean time? Try walking and stretching, rest when you need to- try a flat surface(I use my bedroom floor), SLEEP ON YOUR BACK- its much better for you. Try and stay positive. I hope you feel better!!
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