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New, figured I would share my story/ask for input

bdrew6bbdrew6 Posts: 1
edited 11/23/2014 - 5:34 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello all;
I am new here and thought I would share my story. I’m sure you have heard it many times before (from reading posts) but I will tell my story and any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

My back story, I am a 27 year old male, and just left the military 6 months ago. For the past year I have been dealing with chronic upper back/neck pain. It started out gradually and I can’t remember off hand me doing anything to cause it which to me is surprising. It started out fairly simple it would just be a simple ache and tightness, nothing to major and in my own opinion I have a fairly high pain tolerance, I didn’t even worry about it. But it never went away; in fact it slowly started getting worse. So after about two months I went and saw my PCM doctor while still in the military, if anyone has dealt with military doctors, you know what I’m about to tell you, I walked in got prescribed 800MG Motrin and sent on my way. It worked to a degree but it was still basically there. I went back to the doctor about a month after and complained of the same thing; this time he ‘prescribed’ me neck exercise to do which did not do a thing. Now, since then I have left the military and moved home. It has been getting progressively worse to the point where hurts every day, no change and I have what I would call flare ups every few weeks to where it’s almost to the point of being debilitating. I went to my new PCM and advised her of the issue I was having and she prescribed me naproxen. This was about a month and a half ago. It has gotten worse since then, the naproxen did nothing and she told me to stop taking so many Tylenol ( I was up to seven a day, tic-tacs) I just had another follow up with her this past week and advised her that it did nothing for me and that it’s getting worse. I told her I’m to the point where I am using alcohol as a pain treatment method (I know it’s a horrible thing to do but that’s all I have besides Tylenol) she then refilled my naproxen and sent me to a physical therapy (again.) Which my appt wont for at least another month. I guess my question/concerns are not one doctor I have seen even attempted to tell what possibly could be wrong and to date I have no clue what it could be and that everyone’s being so passé’ about it. That I’m either over embellishing and or looking for pain meds even though they won’t say it. Sad part is I’m not, I don’t even want drugs I just want to get the problem fixed and the pain to stop, heck I’ve never even smoked weed. I guess I’m just ranting at this point, it’s just so frustrating.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    Welcome to Spine-Health - Click this to start your journey

    At this point, I think you need to see one doctor, a spine specialist who needs to identify your problem. How they go about it, is totally up to them.
    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
  • Hi. I'm so sorry. Often a GPs first step is very concervative. Most spine pain just clears up on its own. You're clearly not in that situation! Without diagnostic tests it's just a guess what could be going on. I know from friends that military training & work can be incredibly hard on your spine. I hope you haven't damaged anything. If you have there are lots of options for treating your condition & your pain but it's all about seeing the correct specialist (I see a board certified Neuro surgeon) to read your diagnostics & give you a treatment plan. Do you need a referral? Have you requested an MRI?

    I hope you get the answers & care you deserve. This site is great for getting information once you have a diagnosis. There's lots of member support on the forums. Welcome! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • SharonSCSSharonSC Posts: 7
    edited 11/26/2014 - 6:10 AM
    Well, except for being in the military..... It has been over 14 years since I started having neck pain. I'm 36 now and started having the pain around age 21 after a bad car accident. I've been in a few more bad accidents also. Unfortunately it took about 8 or 9 years of pain before I even found a doctor who would send me for an MRI. After the MRI results it was pretty obvious why I had been in pain for so long. Until then, none of the doctors I'd seen had even believed me about the pain and muscle tightness. One doctor just told me I had fibromyalgia, but I knew there was more wrong with my neck than just that. To make a long story short, after the MRI, it turned out I had 3 herniated discs, spinal stenosis, hardly any spinal fluid in neck area, scoliosis, nerve damage causing severe muscle spasms, etc, etc. However, partially due to finances, I still haven't been able to have surgery, but my medications have gradually increased over the years. I'm now taking high doses of oxycontin (80 mg 3 times a day and a 30 mg one 3 times a day in between). Also muscle relaxers- soma 6 per day and baclofen 4 to 6 a day. I also take Xanax and an antidepressant... I really hate taking so many meds. I really wish there was some way to just "fix" my neck so I could have a life again. After over 14 years in pain, I'm not sure how many more years I can handle.
    I just really really hope you don't have to wait anywhere close to as long as I have to get help and pain relief. Good luck!
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 11/26/2014 - 3:05 PM
    Sharon. You poor thing. I cant imagine anything more frustrating than knowing that there is something very wrong & not getting the medical care & attention that you need. Are you now in the position to get new diagnostics, see a surgeon & have it treated? Leaving a condition like that to deteriorate must be terrifying & agonizing for you. As my online name suggests I'm for England & although I live in the USA I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to the insurance & care system here. There must be something that can be done in this kind of financial situation other than mask the problem with medications. What does your pain management doc say?

    I'm sorry I'll look for your other post.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Hi Sharon. I found your other post on the neck forum. I really hope that someone familiar with the system can advise you how to get the financial assistance you desperately need. Regular diagnostic tests & surgical specialist consults are so important to us crippled spineys. I'd be terrified of you having treatments like chiropractic 'adjustments' with your problems. It could land you in the ER! What specialists do you see at the moment? Do you take any other meds, nerve meds etc?

    I'm so sorry that you're suffering like this. It's been 8 years since I experienced anything close to a pain free day. It sucks!!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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