Hi, my name is Debby M and I hope I am doing this right. I started my back pain journey Jan. 2008 when working as a nurse I injured my back by moving a patient up in bed after she used a bed pan. If anything is humurous out of this is when I went to empty the bedpan is when my back went OUT! I'm standing there with a bedpan full of "stuff" when all of the sudden I was paralyzed with pain. I could not move and all of you probably know the feeling. I wanted to scream except I did not want to upset my patient and family, so I just stood there with this bed pan in my hand and could not move. I just thought that I pulled something in my back and I got better and went on with life. After several weeks, I started having hip pain and was sure I was getting arthritis or something like that. After 8 months, I decided to have a doctor check out my hip and was told it was my back. I went through Physical therapy which made my pain worse. I had several injections, CT, MRI and discogram. My discogram showed that I had 2 ruptured disc in my back, L4-S1. I quick work which devastated us financially because at that point I did not have short term disability. I was off work for 6 mo when my doctor told me I could go back to work. I was very confused at working as a nurse with ruptured disc but he gave me a full clearance to work. After 7 months I couldnt take it anymore and told my surgeon that I couldnt even sit for 5 min without hurting very bad. When I went back to work, I made sure that I got short and long term insurance which helped financially.
In August 2010, I underwent anterior/posterior fusion. I have been in severe pain ever since. My pain in the sacral bone and it hurts to sit and have neurological damage to both legs. I have been on pain medications ever since. I finally decided to have the Spinal Cord Stimulator placed this last May and I am still trying to decide if it is helping.
This pain has totally changed my life and has taken away life as I knew it. I can no longer enjoy the things I used to and want to do in the future.********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
One of the most important things that need members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
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, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
. Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
. Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
. Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
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- Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
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What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 07/22/15 23:12 est