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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I'm new to the board. I've been having increasing lower back pain for the past few years. I'm looking for answers, causes, fixes, and ways to manage the pain besides NSAIDS and narcotic pain meds, which is what I'm on now. I'm 50 yrs old and I need to do something more serious to deal with this problem. I've been to chiropractors, and physicians. I can't belileve that no one has bothered to even take an X-ray. My chiro tells me I have a lumbar problem, 4th or 5th I believe. The is worst in the morning and only narcotic pain meds help. Without the meds, I'm in pain all the time. Please help, I don't know what to do any more or which doctors to believe.


  • Brandi and welcome to the forum. Yes you do need an x-ray but an MRI would be better. Do you have a doctor that you are going to? If not , then you need to find one. Your family doc should be able to do a referral if one is needed. I wish you the best of luck in getting some answers and we will be here to support you all the way. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing and what you find out....take care....Miki
  • Hi Priestess,

    Thank you for responding. Yes, I have a physician, as well as a chiropractor. I can't figure out why neither has insisted on an X-ray yet. This has been a chronic problem for dang near three years. It has progressively gotten worse and the best I can get is pain meds. Grrrr.
  • call me Miki sweetie. What kind of doc do you have , does he specialize in spinal issues? If not , then that is the type of doc you need to get. My doc is a neurosurgeon who also did my Hubby's 3 back surgeries so we have known him for years. I didn't have to get referred to him either , I just called and made the appointment so you could give that a try too.
  • is a link to another thread that gives definitions about what each type of doc does....hope this helps....

  • Thank you Miki,

    Right now I just have a family doctor. But I will certainly keep your advice in mind. And...thanks for the link.
  • You need to find a good spine doctor. Some people prefer Neurosurgeons, some prefer Orthopedic Surgeons. Mine is an OS and he is wonderful. Whichever one you see, make sure they are a spine specialist, not just someone who has done a few spines as one doc told me.

    Welcome and good luck on your journey!
  • Sounds like you need to see a good NS or maybe a PM doc.

  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am 53 with some of your same problems. if i did not wake up and start stretching, right in bed, i would never get out of it. i start slow and then do a series every morning. next, i get up and do some sort of exercise! whether the exercise ball, any pain level can do it, or walking or swimming, i get my body moving! throughout the day i do the same thing. i have even added Yoga. good luck and i hope you are able go take an active roll in you treatment. i hope to see you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • Hello Brandi,

    Welcome to the boards!!!

    I am sorry to hear of the pain your going through. I agree with the others. It is time to see a specialist. Like someone else said a doc that is a spine specialist. I see a Neurosurgeon and will have a second opinion with an Ortho surgeon. Both the NS and OS are the best in their feids in my area for spines among other things.

    I hope that you will find this board as useful as I do. There are so many great people here and lots of information.

    Best of luck to you and keep us posted.

  • Hi Brandi,

    My name is Amanda, and I am new here too. I just wanted to add one suggestion... be your own advocate!!! I've been going to my primary for what seems like FOREVER for this back pain. I kept waiting for him to tell me what to do... his is the Dr. of course! Finally, after advice from many friends, I demanded that my Dr look into my back pain further. I told him I wanted an MRI, but he would only schedule an X-Ray. He then told me the X-Ray showed "muscle spasms" I again demanded that he look further, and after a few months of insisting, he finally ordered an MRI, which finally proved that I was in real pain. I have a herniated disk, a bulging disk, a torn and displaced nerve root, and subchondral cysts YIKES!!! He called me immediately after reading the results and apologized.

    I'm sorry to hear about your pain, and I hope this helps you to get some answers from your doc

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