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I really need help I cant stand for more than 2 minutes now without pain

elizabethsmumeelizabethsmum Posts: 4
edited 11/23/2014 - 9:27 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello I am not sure what is the best section to put my question but here goes, my name is Kelly I am 33 I was involved in a car accident back in 2007 it has given me a lot of issues with my back and I have permanent muscle and nerve damage. My back has been getting worse over time I cant walk all day without being in agony for days after. My issue now is I had surgery not related to my back (it was my gall bladder) I got some complications after so was laid up for approx. 2 weeks. Since then I am having even more problems with my back I now can not stand for more than 2 minutes and I am not exaggerating without extreme pain! I have to sit down, as soon as I sit down the pain subsides drastically. So I now iron and cook on a chair mostly :-( I am only 33 and I get scared at what is going to happen next. I have seen chiropractors and physical therapists in the past but I have been told that any relief will be temporary :-( I have been given so much medication and I feel like a pharmacy most days but I am still in pain.

Does anyone know what this could be does it sound familiar?

Thank you in advance



  • 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
  • Liz said:
    Hi Liz, am I missing something I did read that info do I have to do an intro post or something first??
  • elizabethsmumeelizabethsmum Posts: 4
    edited 11/23/2014 - 10:49 AM
    Hi Liz,
    Am I missing something? Am I breaking a rule? Your reply was pretty limited....I have done a welcome post?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878
    Would you be able to provide us:


    It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. Here are some questions that you
    should answer:

    • - When did this first start?
      - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
      - What doctors have you seen?
      - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
      - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results
      - What medications are you currently using?
      - Has surgery been discussed as an option?
      - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
    of your situation and make it easier to respond.

    Please take a look at our forum rules: Forum Rules

    (Welcome message. You read the complete welcome message and various links? Some people in the past have told me, that they just read the words Welcome message. Just checking, only because we have tons of information packed into that link)
    --- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 11/23/14 17:27
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • that is a welcome post. It does sometimes look a little intimidating, until you open it. With the problems you have it seems you need to go to a Surgeon, rather than PT or a Chiro. Something has changed recently and it could be that you simply need something after having been less active after GB surgery, or it could be more serious.
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 11/24/2014 - 7:03 AM
    I've been dealing with chronic spine pain for about 9 years now. At the beginning of summer I discovered that my gallbladder had died & was leaking gangrene into my body. I'd been blaming the pain on my back! Ugh!! I had to have emergency surgery. They started laparascopically but had to do a big cut. Please don't underestimate how much your body goes through. Everyone seems to say gallbladder surgery is 'nothing', the rehab is very easy compared to some other surgeries but it's still a big deal. It took months for my back to recover everything it had been through. The restrictions alone made my pain so much worse.

    Have you seen a spine specialist or just GP, chiro, PT? If you have spine damage I'd stay away from chiropractors unless your specialist has recommended that treatment. When was your last MRI? In my experience things are so much more manageable once you have a diagnosis of exactly what's going on in your back. I see a board certified spine Neuro & a pain management doc. They work together & refer me to other specialists for therapy, treatments etc.
    I've got different kinds of damage & my spine changes frequently. It's been important for me to keep an eye on these changes. Although my condition is permanent I don't stop chipping away at my pain.

    Best of luck. I know it's really hard. You still iron??? I thought dropping that was one of the few spiney benefits ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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