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A year ago I joined because of lower back pain. I had to pay for my own MRIs because my insurance company has been useless.
I did everything advised including acupuncture & chiro that was not. I Have terrible lower back pain. It is much worse in the mornings. I take pain meds & muscle relaxers and by noon I can get around with a cane. I can do OK unless I decided to do normal things like walk or cook dinner.
At first pain was mainly right side. A couple of months after the pain started I realized I was not able to raise my right leg while laying flat on my back. The left was weak but not as bad.
Pain management had me in PT and gave me 3 injections. Spine, SI & right hip. I also started feeling very fatigued at this time.
6 months into all of this I did chiropractor and acupuncture on my own. Chiro helped a pain I had in my neck & shoulder. It was my bonus.
Long story short we moved from FL back to MA. I had not seen my grandchildren in over a year. Also my multiple Dr's frustration was becoming obvious.
They talked discs, MS, Parkinson's & more.
A couple of months ago the pain in the morning became brutal. I'll be lying in bed and feel some pain but when I but my feet on the floor I need to hold on so I don't fall to the floor. A few times w/o feeling the urge urine just flows from me.
I am looking for a new doctor and hospital. I'm on Cape Cod but my husband does not have trouble driving to Boston to get the best.
What specialist would be best to choose. In FL I did everything! I have a PPO and I do not need a referral for an appointment with a specialist.
My Pain Management Dr suggested I start with someone like him. I honestly don't see his field on my options. Ortho, neuro, neuro surgery or something else? Please guide me. This year has been hell.
Although something good came out of it. I'm close to family & grands!
Take Care.


  • When you have bladder leaks are they full blown accidents? Can you feel when you wipe? I ask because I was told by my neurosurgeon if that happens go right to the ER. What were your MRI results?

    As for where to head to next, in your shoes, I would probably get a referral for a neurosurgeon from your pain management doctor. Orthopedic doctors are great too, but it seems from what you are explaining (bladder control, weaknees) your symptoms have nerve components, where neurosurgeons may be more prepared to help.

    You said frustration with doctors, do you have a diagnosis? You mentioned Parkinson's disease, is that definitely your diagnosis?

    So very sorry you are having a tough year, trust me there are many of us who understand because we are in your shoes too, I hope you find the right guidance here to know where your next step would best be spent!
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