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custompunkccustompunk Posts: 4
edited 02/07/2015 - 9:40 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi, my name is Johnny, I'm grateful to be here as a member.

I have stumbled upon this site many times in the past few years while researching why I have pain. I feel I an getting closer to an answer/diagnosis and may need guidance on my upcoming journey. Hopefully I'm heading towards the direction of relief.

I am in my late 20's and have been suffering from pain in my upper back, lower back, and knees. I have yet to find the right help to give me an answer to why and suffering can be caused by as little as standing, or walking through the grocery store. I'm a mechanic so I am constantly, lifting, bending, and doing manual labor. I put a lot of strain on my body. I have also survived two motorcycle wrecks, and many car wrecks. I am grateful just to be on this side of the ground so I don't get to angry at the pain I have. I use it as a reminder that I lived through those sudden stops.

Up until now I have been to many different primary care doctors, the most they have done is taken x-rays and the results have always been normal. Last month on the 30th I was gifted an MRI of my Thoracic and Lumber areas. Results were as follows: Normal thoracic spine, and for the lumbar spine no disk abnormalities, only a mild facet and ligamentous hypertrophy at L4-5 but essentially normal MRI of the lumbar spine.

So Monday I will be contacting my primary care physician to discuss options. I am so very unknowledgeable about what is next so here I am! I will be doing a ton of research when I have available time. I am introducing myself because I hope to not be a stranger and document my journey for future reference. I hope all of you find the relief you desire and peace be with you all.

Johnny C.
Living, Learning, Growing.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Welcome to Spine-Health

    Use that above hyperlink to help you get started with Spine-Health and navigate through the system.

    If there are any questions, you can always post them here, send Liz or myself a private message or contact Ron rdilauro@veritashealth.com

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Monday I was able to see my PCP. She said the MRI was normal and that my pain is most likely muscular. I was perscribed Valium and Oxycodone and told that I would be refered to a Physical Medicine specialist.

    I spent an hour this morning calling 20 or so offices on my insurance providers website to try and find a pain management specialist who is willing to do medication therapy. All but one do not offer it as a treatment. I still have hundreds of phone numbers to call because I am unable to find a list of pain management centers and why they do and do not offer. I posted a thread asking for guidance here: http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/chronic-pain/pain-management-pharmacological-options

    I am a busy person so surgury, and physical therapy are currently not an option I have time for. I would love to do it in the future but I am unable to have downtime in my life right now. I do stretch in the morning and do mild exercises and have been through physical therapy once before and it caused my pain to not become better.

    My PCP is only giving me the oxycodone until I can see a specialist. Hopefully I can find a specialist who is willing to listen to my needs in reguards to giving relief of my symptoms and finding out why I hurt even though the MRI shows nothing but a mild faucet and ligamentous hypertrophy at L4-5. I also need to call the Radiology department where I had my MRI and find out what strength the MRI machine was that was used. Maybe it was an older unit and didn't show my issue.

    Is there a better section other than this new member area where I can document my Journey? Would a Mod guide me to the best spot to start a thread that I can keep updated as time goes on or should I just keep using this one?

    Thanks for reading this, I hope all of you find your peace and relief.
    Living, Learning, Growing.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I am not a Mod....but thought I'd jump in any way :)
    There are many forums here for whatever issue you are dealing with at the time. Also sometimes I type in my issue and read old posts that has been helpful. But getting feedback from the forums helps you make friends and know you are not alone.

    My primary did'to know what to do with me after a time. Finally she gave me reference for pain management and my life and knoledge just opened up. He knew things immediately about me and so reassuring. That is what made biggest difference in my life and I think PM is a must .

    You say you are a busy person and I don't know your job but your on oxcodone....so not only extreme caution at work but behind the wheel. I only drive very short distances now....as in only couple miles. I don't think I'm alone to say when I feel better from meds I know I am still impaired with driving . I used to try to visit kids and people honking at me...I cut people off and I truly didn't know what was up. I'm a careful driver...just didn't see them even though I looked.

    You also said you busy so no surgery or PT now. I think that might not be bad idea because you would want second third or other opinions. Please get PM doctor as they specialize with this pain.
    Best of luck to you!
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    edited 02/13/2015 - 3:54 AM
    But keep in mind, you may still not get a lot of responses. Couple of reasons.

    The first is that you say that you are too busy for any down time. Ok, any doctor , anyone hearing that , is going to come to the same conclusion, the person is really in not much pain. Because if a person has pain and wants to get rid of it, they will do what is necessary.

    Reading your thread, it appears that the only treatment you want right now is pain medication. That creates a red flag by itself.

    If the MRI report comes back indicating no major problem and you are looking to challenge the integrity of the MRI unit, it seems like you are grasping at straws to find a problem. There are hundreds of members on this site that have had all the various tests, much more than you and they come back negative. That means what it means, there is no significant problem. Does that mean you are not in pain? No, you can still be in pain, but as long as there isnt a major cause for that pain, most conservative treatments will correct the situation.
    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
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,804
    I must totally disagree with the last posters statement that if the tests you are given are negative there is no signifigant problem, I am sorry this is totally wrong in so many cases, very wrong and very dangerous to the patient. There is no signifigant problem recognized in the testing you recieved, could other testing reveal a signifigant problem of another nature causing your pain, 100 percent. MRI do miss things there is evidence that upright MRI caught things recumbant MRI did not, or spinal junctions did not show up clearly or annular tears did not show up in MRI and was only found with more invasive testing or things outside the realm of what you or a primary doctor thought was the reason for pain was then identified by a specialist later on. Never and I mean never think because a scan is negative there is no issue, you have not seen a PT, any type of PM any specialist as of yet to get the full picture. It could be something like muscle issue no doubt as your primary said, but its always could be something more and you have follow any protocol the doctor lays out but be educating yourself so that in the event what was given by doctor brings no relief you can move to the next step in finding out the issue. If you do not make time for your health it could mean bad circumstances for the future.
    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.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    do not takeover a thread.,!

    The originator deserves response to their question.
    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
  • If I could go back to 2009 and get as much out of my PT as I could have I would. I also thought that PT was not doing me much good. Now I wish I had asked for more and concentrated on more of the exercises that were given to me. I probably would not be in the mess am in now. Lots of PT offices open very early and stay open late. I think you could find one that would help. I know it is my first preference at this point rather than surgery or injections. BTW, consider yourself lucky that your PC is keeping you medicated. I have begged the ortho that is treating my broken ankle to help with the back pain (made worse by the boot and crutches) with meds and was first told to try 8 hour tylenol (REALLY?!) then gave me Ultram - neither of which is for nerve pain. I offered to have him view my mri and mri report AND call the neuro I have an appt with and he pretty much ignored me.
  • custompunkccustompunk Posts: 4
    edited 02/28/2015 - 5:05 AM
    I have stopped everything and now I am at REST. I got a Dr. to look over X-Rays with me. He explained that my spine curve was not very curvy and it could be pinching nerves. I am now entered into Chiropractic treatment, PT, and Stim, three times a week. Here are some pics. I am not asking for a diagnosis or anything. I just wanted to share.


    Living, Learning, Growing.
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