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lower back pain

happymagic16hhappymagic16 Posts: 1
edited 05/22/2015 - 3:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
im new to this so please be kind to any ideas/suggestions.

i'm 24y/o female weighing 135lbs with 5'6. i work in a nail salon doing mani/pedi

january 2015:
i was doing a pedi when my lower left back specifically in the middle where my hip bone and spine was, starting to shoot out pain. i had a heartbeat rhythm . i was so bad i felt someone punched me. i didn't fall. i shoot pain going to my thighs to my shoulder. i went to the er crying. they did xrays and they told me i had a herniated disc. L4-L5

after that i tried going to my dr. but they didnt take my insurance anymore.

febuary 2015:
the pain from where it started never went away. it was a burning sensation on that spot. i noticed that my left ring finger was tingling. like that static of the tv. and i feel it going thru a nerve to my elbow. and my 2nd small toe on the left side was the same. and sometimes i would drop things if i hold something on my left hand. and i went to the er because of the pain again.

still no dr. because of insurance

march 2015:
still pain on the same spot. its getting worse because on my work i had to bend down constantly to do pedicures. painful when laying down/sitting/walking/standing up for 1 hr or more. i had to sleep on my right side with leg raised

no dr.

april 2015:
finally got new insurance. i went to my dr. she did test me like how i walk, tip toeing, sitting down, raise my left leg. dr ordered xrays done. dr told me my xrays was normal. but she still ordered physical therapy. i did 2 wks of therapy and nothing improved.. quit my job on the 2nd wk. pain was doing down to the bottom of my left foot

may 2015:
dr ordered mri thorasic, hip, cervical. got migraine from the contrast which i had to sleep on it. and i called the dr today. the nurse told me that mri was normal. i got mad cause pain is getting worse because besides from the burning pain on my left side. it starting to shoot out pain from my right hip. fingers and feet still tingling.

i have a dr appt today in the afternoon. so we'll see how it goes.

anyone has the same experience? i'm only 24. i'm sacred what if i cant walk anymore? what pain management did you do? surgery? how about work?

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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. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

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    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
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  • Xrays don't show herniations. They show the bone structures of the spine.
    Your best option is to check with your insurance company for a board certified spine surgeon and see him/her to see what they think may be going on and what treatment options may be recommended.

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    For my chronic pain...my primary doctor tried to work with me for 2 years before referring me to pain management doctor, who is also a neurologist.

    That was best decision for me. He immediately addressed pain relief and ordered different tests...one of which was most revealing for me. The EMG indicated areas of my spine effected ..and areas that I never gave voice to.
    This helped doctor to more specific plan in treatments. This test was painless to me. And as with everything, because test very good for me...it may not be as revealing for others. Everyone is so individual.

    I am only sharing my experiences.

    I changed jobs as initially my work was too physically demanding and I could no longer do it. My next job much less demanding on my body, but my chronic pain made my concentration impossible....as my focus was to keep my pain in check.

    I quit on a Tuesday and saw Disability attorney on Thursday and won my case within six months.
    I would not have been able to navigate the system without the guidance of this specialized attorney.

    Disability is not necessarily permanent. It often times is temporary assistance until your conditions are under control.
    You may also be helped to find a job that is not as taxing on your body......once your issues are discovered and receive proper treatments.

    It is not easy managing the pain. I call it trial.....and try again.
    I have found...it does not help to become angry when a test doesn't show injury. There are other tests for doc to consider.

    You need to continue good communication with your doctor.
    Continuing to tell doc your symptoms and how you have responded to any meds and or treatments.....little relief, no relief, very effective in taking edge off of pain, not effective.
    Usually a type of scale is used to help doctor understand your pain.

    Talk with your doctor and he will guide you.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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