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Lower back pain

jan574jjan574 Posts: 2
edited 11/22/2014 - 1:20 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello to everyone!
I have had two back surgeries. Upper back where the Orthopedic surgeon went in through my front of the throat area, took the damage disc and replaced it with a bone graft. Took bone from my hip and replaced it with that, in through my throat. Used a titanium screw to hold it into place. The surgery was a success! My arm no longer hurts and I was very happy that the pain was gone! Then I was having lower back pain back in 2004. Had bone spurs and had surgury again to remove the bone spurs. That surgery was the worse. It took more time to actually get back on my feet. Was back then still in my fifty's for both surgeries. Now, I am having lower back pain again, the pain is excruciating! Went in for an xray today, it was all I could do to lay on the table for it. It showed nothing. I am so confused that I know when I cannot walk, lay, pick something up, turning, etc my husband has to help me at night to get out of bed. I have had this now going on three weeks. Now, I am 60 and it is wearing me down ( the pain)! It is hard to find a good doctor here in Elkhart Ind. The xray showed nothing, I have my paperwork from my Surgeon in the past. It says that my lower back has several things wrong and that was back in 2006, with my lower back. Not sure what to do anymore or get a second opinion? I know my body and it is telling me something is wrong. With all the drug abuse with pain meds, we are the one's paying the price for the one's who do need the pain med's or is it when we get older, we are treated differently?
Here in Elkhart Indiana it is now hard to find a caring general practitioner. Who can refer me to someone who practices in this field of medicine and Orthopedic Specialist. Happy Thanksgiving!
Janette Miller


  • 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
  • Hi. I'm so terribly sorry, I really am. Its wrong that we have to advocate so strongly for ourselves. I really don't know what to say other than keep pushing to find good, compassionate care. You need a great surgeon to order all the tests & get a diagnosis for you. You need a pain management doc who's going to get you the medications, therapies & procedures you need. It took me a while to find my docs. I do believe the current climate has changed the way (or if) doctors prescribe medications without a diagnosis. I know it must be terrible to be going through this. I know how exhausting, painful (& often depressing) all of these appointments can be. I really do. I'm sorry. It's wrong that you're suffering like this. Please stay strong & fight for the care you so desperately need.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Does xrays of the frontal view and not the back show anything of that source? I have already commented on my surgeries. I have had 2 Surgeries upper and lower. The techs from radiology put a code red when I was getting my xrays. It was painful to try to move on the xray table, laying down. I thought I would be standing. Techs were very kind to me. They did not do the spine area, just the front view and side view. I have had several mri's in the past and a cat scan with contrast. It showed for both lower and upper of bulging disc's. Which the upper surgery was a success! Lower surgery about four years later was harder to recover. Maybe my age then. Now, I am having lower back pain and cannot walk or sleep. The GP was very judging on my situation and I am not the one to go to the GP at all. But, I had to with the pain. I was prescribed ibuprofen over the counter and 5/325 norco. 30 pills 4 times a day. That was on Monday, November 17, 2014. Had xrays on November 22. The techs put a code red with my situation, not sure what that means? That called my GP and ask him if he could prescribed more meds, I did not ask for more meds! The techs did and I was not quite sure why I was waiting after my xrays? He said no and my husband explain to me the situation. I felt so humiliated, like I was a drug addict! Can xrays of the front and side show anything? They said techs or my GP not sure who, saw nothing? I have all my paperwork from my previous surgeries and the transcript's also. I know this pain and it is excruciating. I turned into a couch potato and I was a very active 60 year old. Lost 15 pounds and now here I sit. Try to exercise but it makes it worse. I pay the price at note. I get around 3 hours of sleep. Now, the holidays are coming up and I do not know what to do? So, embarress of the techs asking for me pain meds! I just wanted to go home and end it. So depressed! I d not speak up, that is the type of woman I am.
    I was hit by a drunk driver in 2003 and my daughter was with me. We were going Christmas shopping. She was home from college. This is when it all began with my lower back. He had an alcohol level of over (almost) 4 times the legal limit. Thank god my daughter was fine! I do not recall anything I black out for a few minutes. I remember afterwards, I was having a lot of lower back pain. We were wearing our seat belts and three other vehicles were hit by the drunk driver. Thank god no one was killed.I have anxiety attacks which I am on meds for that. I will not drive anymore and it took my independence away. Not wanting pity just answers for my pain and the law has changed. The ones who need relief and the one's who abused the meds. Short time relief but I do not want surgery again. Just want a doctor to listen to me, that's all. Sorry, I went on and on about the situation. Now, I have to call my GP and explain to the nurse to tell the doctor that I did not want more meds on saturday, the code red means something, that is why they called the doctor.
    Janette Miller
  • I remember feeling like that in my dealings with doctors. I call it the 'dark ages' of my spine journey. I've had the frustrations, depression & anxiety that comes with all of this. I've got 2 young children & to be honest they're the only thing that got me through this at times. I'm a proud lady. I used to be a very strong independent person. Ugh! I'm finding the holidays looming incredibly stressful too. I've got family coming to stay & even getting the house clean & organized is completely daunting with my pain & limitations.
    I understand how we got to this current climate but as a legitimate chronic pain sufferer I find attitudes to narcotic pain meds degrading. I'm shy. I don't speak-up. I hate that stomach sinking feeling. Talk about kicking a person when they're down. I wish I could give you a big (gentle) hug. Your situation sucks.

    My friend recently had her 3rd fusion. She knew something was wrong. She knew her pain. Fortunately she has great specialists including a fantastic surgeon. It took so many diagnostic tests to identify her pain generator but they found it & treated it & she's recovering really well. Please don't give-up hope.

    I'd make an appointment to explain everything to your GP & get an explanation of this "Code Red". I find it a bit strange that they apparently didn't find anything but contacted your doc regarding meds. Take a pain diary of what you're going through. What makes it worse, better etc. & ask for a referral to a proper specialist. I'm not saying surgery but it's going to take a board certified spine surgeon to get to the bottom of this. He can then send you to a good pain management doctor to help you properly. He can order all the tests necessary.

    A GP is the place we have to start but they're not qualified to deal with complex spine issues. You're not getting the care you need. I'm so sorry. Please stand up for yourself & get a referral to someone who can actually help you. I'm here if you need to vent or just chat. I know how hard this is. I wish I could offer more help. Hang in there.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • maritimemmaritime Posts: 1
    edited 11/29/2014 - 8:37 PM
    A small boy who was sick and tired of his mother being profiled and humiliated by the pharmacist finally got even with the pharmacist. The boy got together with one of his friends and decided to go to the pharmacy with his mother and armed himself with a cell phone to video tape the pharmacist.

    It's pretty bad when a small child takes his cell phone to a big pharmacy like CVS to record the pharmacist talking crap to his mother. Well, the little boy won the battle. He caught the pharmacist red-handed slandering the doctor and treating his mother with no respect and made her feel bad.

    The pharmacist on live stream video said, "Your Doctor is No Good" "Go and Find a Different Doctor" "You Medication is Not In Stock" "My Manager Said Your Doctor is No Good" And then the Pharmacist had a "Sinister Laugh!" This is not isolated to what the little boy captured. This kind of stuff is happening all over the united states.

    Lets stop feeling sorry for ourselves and start voicing our concerns and sign the petition to stop the pharmacies from harassing us and slandering our doctors and family doctors when they want. See the video on youtube and then sign the petition:

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