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chronic lower back pain. seeking advice and support.

johnnycashjjohnnycash Posts: 2
edited 05/22/2015 - 3:31 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello, my names john and I'm new here. I've been diagnosed with chronic pain since 15 and I'm going on 26 now. To give you a time line, when I was 15 I started chiropractic care and was diagnosed DDD. At this point the chiropractic care helped a bit and held my pain off until about 22. pain started getting unbearable so I begged my doctors to check closer. At this point I did an MRI and was diagnosed with lumbar arthritis. my GP gave me norcos/soma and told me to stay on them until I could secure good health insurance. At 24 I landed a pretty high up career in a corporate setting with decent insurance. So at that point I was visiting my doctor, of 24 years, more regularly to find a solution. They kept moving me between doctors in the same office and I wasn't getting a good personalized attention. The 4th doctor I saw was mad at the meds I was taking and didn't believe I was in the pain im in. she cut my meds 25% and forced me to go to PT, which did not help. My PT ended up saying they couldn't help me out and suggested i see an orthopedic specialist. Now at 25 I saw this specialist and with careful speculation of my mri, I'm now diagnosed with spinal stenosis in the L5, and a "Rubberbanded" muscle behind my left shoulder. At this point I tried steriod injections with barely any success, keep in mind all 6 doctors ive seen now say "I'm to young and shouldn't be in this much pain" basically not believing me. Now I'm stuck in a situation where I have 25% less meds, doctors not taking me seriously and helping me out, this is affecting my marriage, effecting my ability to interact with my 15 month old child, I had to give up golf, making me perform worse at work, and I'm starting to slip into a depression. This week I got accepted into a new family doctor who has-been helping a good buddy in pain with finding the correct meds for him.

So the point of this, can anybody relate to my issues here? Any advice you could give me? I just need some sort of support from people who actually live in chronic pain, as all my surrounding family and friends don't understand. I just don't know what to do anymore. It breaks my heart I can barely play with my kid and it's hurting my relationship with the love of my life. I just wish I could find a passionate enough doctor thats willing to experiment with different meds with me so I can get some part of my life back and nor pushing me off because of my age. :(
spinal stenosis in L5
Lumbar arthritis
"Rubberbanded" muscle under left shoulder
chronic pain since 15


  • going to cure spinal stenosis, assuming that is really what's going on with your spine. It sounds as though the last imaging is at least three years old, and most spine surgeons would not base treatment off imaging that old.
    DDD simply is a naturally occurring part og getting older, and almost everyone is going to show some evidence of DDD if they were to undergo an MRI. Over decades the discs loose a tiny bit of their hydration and may shrink a bit, but for most people, this is an extremely slow occurring process.
    Normally, anti inflammatory meds, physical therapy directed toward core strengthening, and stretching exercises geared toward reducing the inflammation and occasional pain. The thing is, is that those exercises and stretches need to be done on a regular basis in order for them to be helpful.
    I would suggest that you consult with a board certified spine surgeon for proper diagnostics and perhaps new imaging and see what might be causing your pain and get the proper treatment. If there is some stenosis, depending on its severity, the only cure is to relieve the narrowing. No medication is going to do that.

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