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please help

chloerose1989cchloerose1989 Posts: 9
edited 01/07/2015 - 9:23 AM in Chronic Pain
hi i hope someone can help me, i am a 25 year old women. i have cronic back pain which has been on going for nearly 3 years now. i have a car accident last june and since then my back trouble have got worse. i have had months of physiothearpy which didnt work, i had an mri scan on 23rd december 2014, of which i rung doctors today and results are normal. my pain effects everyday things and with a 8 year old son isnt easy at times. what could my pain be related to please help


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/07/2015 - 9:23 AM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • thankyou have had a good read, back to the docs this week so hopefully they can do some more tests fed up of this pain
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 01/07/2015 - 1:23 PM
    Ugh! I'm sorry. Sometimes it takes a frustratingly long time to pinpoint our pain generators. You know that you're in pain, keep pushing until you find the cause. Have you had other diagnostic tests (SI joint, nerve tests etc) ? What doctors are you currently seeing?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • iv have only had an mri test which results came back yesterday as normal, i have only seen my own doctor at doctors surgery. there is bone dieses that runs in my family so im wondering of it could be that
  • Charles021Charles021 Posts: 1
    edited 01/08/2015 - 9:57 AM
    Hello #chloerose1989. I can suggest you that better to consult with your doctor properly. But I have an another suggestion too. I had have that type of chronic pain too. I also was upset and helpless. Then I researched for many treatment and devices for curing my chronic pain.
  • thankyou charles021 i will have a look. will give anything ago to see what will work
  • I've been suffering with a degenerative spine (osteoarthritis) for 9 years now. The best advise I can give is 'find your pain generator/generators'. Trying to treat pain without knowing for certain what's causing it isn't going to get you anywhere in the long run & it could cause your condition to get worse through lack of proper treatments.
    I'm a Mum of 2 young kids & I know how hard it is just to get through the day sometimes. It's bloody hard!!!
    Many conditions (rheumatism etc) can be easily ruled out with simple blood tests. You've been in an accident, scans, X-rays are better at looking at your bones than MRI's. My SI joint causes some of my back, hip & leg pain. That's a diagnostic numbing shot that immediately removes that pain (temporarily). Scans/MRI's etc don't usually cover the SI joints unless it's specifically requested.
    It's time to start running through the diagnostics to find what's causing your pain. Then you can get referrals to the correct specialists to help you. I know it's frustrating that your MRI didn't show the cause but that's great news really. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • i have been to see my doctor today seems like that my mri didnt come back completly normal i have now been diagnosed with disk degeneration
  • Disc degeneration is very common & doesn't necessarily cause pain. Are any of the discs herniated or bulging, contacting any of your nerves? That's when it causes pain. Your MRI comes with a summary sheet. I'd request a copy so you can see exactly what it says & start researching. If the degeneration is the problem you can then get a referral to a board certified spine surgeon. They're the best place to start. He will study your MRI & start you on an action plan. They won't suggest surgery unless necessary. Usually they want to go through all the conservative treatments first.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • yes in the very middle is bulging which is where most of my pain is, my doctor has refered me to a private physiotherepist who will be sent a copy of my mri results but i will be ringing doctors in the morning to get myself a copy
  • When nothing can be found on MRI it will be hard getting help. Have you tried other forms of help........massage, accupuncture, etc. I have had 5 back surgeries so i understand pain. Every night i need to take 3tb of CALM magnesium supplement which relaxes my muscles and spasms. I don't know how else to help but i wish you well. Good luck.
  • DancelikeabeeDDancelikeabee Posts: 1
    edited 02/09/2015 - 7:48 PM

    There is some clear info about how acupuncture works here. May be worth a try?

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