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Low to Mid Back Pain, Undianosed - HELP

Jon_YJJon_Y Posts: 1
edited 01/21/2015 - 8:20 PM in Chronic Pain
Hello everyone,
I am desperate to find help. My GP seems to think I am full of BS and rather than perform any further tests he wants to send me to a Pain Management doctor. I have had chronic back pains that have been slowly getting worse and worse over the past four years.

The first two years started off with just minor stiffness in the morning, and some aching.

Around the start of the third year I encountered sever discomfort in my lumbar. This discomfort came on slowly after having had to lift heavy steel beams for work in a big push to get the necessary work done before my departure for vacation. The pain did not develop until a few days after the heavy lifting and I had gone away for vacation. After about 2 months of this severe discomfort I gave in and went to my GP. He ordered an MRI of my lumbar spine where they noted some disc bulging, but nothing MAJOR to warrant surgery or any action. I visited my local Physical Therapy/Rehab office where I had just recently finished going to for a surgery to my right shoulder (Superior Labrum tear) where my therapist told me to do a few exercises to help return the bulging disks and relieve the pain while strengthening my back. This made little to no improvement.

One particular day I was feeling pretty good, and in little to no pain (for a change) and went full-throttle at work, where I was in an awkward position in a crawlspace tearing out and replacing a beam, I was removing the last portion of the beam where I had my feet above my head straddling the beam, and i was holding onto a hammer with both hands and using my legs for strength when I felt a SHARP pop, it felt like my back practically folded in half, and then i was incapacitated with pain and although I COULD move my legs, the pain that occurred from trying to do so was so immense that I had to lay down on the dirt crawlspace floor for close to an hour, before my business partner helped me while i used my upper body to crawl out. At this point my business partner proceeded to call his father who is a Neurologist to see what we should do, emergency room, pick up a bottle of scotch and down it, or just go home and rest up. His professional opinion was the later, go home lay down and rest, and no lifting more than 5lbs for the next few weeks. At this point he requested I came to him regarding the previous back pains and this new incident (which no images were taken after this incident). Now a year and half+ later, I have pain in my lower spine down into my butt sometimes down into my legs, I have pain which feels like someone is taking a 2x4, and jabbing it between my ribs and my spine just below my should blades. Frustrated again i go back to my GP seeking answers and relief in hopes that he will find/do something that will point to whatever the problem that I am having is. He ordered another MRI of my lumbar and an Xray of my Thoracic. The MRI showed improvement of the bulging disk and noting "Degenerative Disk Disease a L5-S1", while the X-Ray noted "Mild Degenerative Change with Mild Spurring. No Fractures"

The morning stiffness and pain has now gone from a 1 or 2 out of 10; to a 5.

My business partners father (The Neurologist) tells me that he can no longer provide me with pain medication or see me due to changes with his practice and he will no longer be in the office, but rather at the hospital instead.... 2-3 month go buy I bought an inversion table, I try the exercises my therapist told me to, I am very physically active with work... Mid December 2014 -BOOM I wake up one morning In so much pain (8 or 9), and STIFF that it was extremely difficult for me to get out of bed, let alone breath. It felt as though someone had taken saran wrap and wrapped it around my chest and my ribs would not move to allow me to take in a full breath. That day, i made it to the couch, and that was where i spent my day. The 2nd day was not as intense, but still stayed on the couch for the day. Day three was still stiff and painful, but I managed to get to church being it was Sunday and I figured I better go so maybe God would tap me on the shoulder and heal me!

New Years day - Repeat above 3day episode with day one being the worst and 2 and 3 getting better.

I cant take it anymore, I've had two doctors look at my spine and tell me more or less, there is nothing majorly wrong. Today I called into semi-local spine specialist who is going to read my imaging reports (and again find nothing wrong), I cannot keep going to work, as miserable and uncomfortable as I have been. I am now finding that it is taking a large toll on my ability to successfully run my company, because I have such difficulty getting up in the morning in pain, and enduring the nagging pains throughout the day.

I am 29 years old.
My grandmother had fairly severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. ?

Welcome to Spine-Health

It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
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? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    - 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
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Jon Y


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    4 years and no diagnosis? Have they sent you to some specialists to look outside the spine
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • Since it is hurting you to breath & you have the "feeling of saran wrap" wrapped around your chest, why didn't they do a MRI of your thoracic area? An x-ray will show condition of bone but wont show if the problem is with a disc or nerve compression. If it were me, I would see my dr again and ask for an MRI.
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