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amandaboyes90aamandaboyes90 Posts: 2
edited 08/31/2015 - 2:22 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello Every one,

Myself Amanda Boyes, I am from San Diego. This website seems like a really great open environment! I look forward to getting some honest feedback and sharing as well.

Welcome to Spine-Health

One of the most important things that 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
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    . Spinal Injections
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- 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?
    . Results
- 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
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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 are

I’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.

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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 08/31/15 08:22est



  • amandaboyes90aamandaboyes90 Posts: 2
    edited 09/03/2015 - 8:36 PM
    What a warm welcome. Thanks for your active participation.

    I am suffering from neck and lower back pain from last 3-4 years. I am 27 years old. I haven't met with any accident till yet ( :) thanks to God.. ). None of my family members are suffering from that. I work for an IT company. From Last 4-5 years, I was regularly suffering form lower back pain. I took consultation from many Orthopedic doctors. They advised me to take calcium table. I took medicine for few months afterwards I moved towards doing exercise, physical activities but still I don't get rid from my lower back pain.. I haven't been operated.. it looks very horrible to me. So I was trying to get rid from this by physical acitivities or by the aid of pharmaceutical products.

    Then I moved towards doing research online, why I was not getting rid from my lower back pain.

    I hope, As from name of the website, I definitely get help from here.

    Thanks in advance.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You mentioned you had consultation with orthopedic doctor.
    Have you had any MRIs or other testing of your spine?

    My primary doctor worked with me and my pain about two years and then referred me to pain management doctor.
    That was best thing for me! He did different kinds of tests that helped guide him in treatment and medications prescribed to me.

    My pain management doctor is also neurologist, which is priceless for me and some of my other conditions.
    But he is not alone in reviewing CDs of tests himself. He does not depend on the written impressions.

    I'm a big believer in seeing specialists, esp for pain that has continued for so long.
    Please keep us posted on how you're doing!
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • So young! I'm sorry this is happening to you and I'm glad you found us. Over the years this forum has been a lifesaver for me. I joined a lil over a year ago during a time I needed support, but for years previously I found the advice and coping uplifting and helping.

    Savage asked great questions and had great advice. When you are young and eager to exercise..some doctors can see that as not in pain, at least that was my experience. When a doctor ordered an Mri, this was rally my first step to getting resolution. Have you had one yet? Obviously things have changed a lot since I was thirty..but I could never really describe my pain and be heard until I had the images to back me up, no pun intended. :)

    Specialists are the way to go. I was referred to an orthodo from my general back in the day when I was hmo insured. Since then I am now PPo so can select specialists in network. From ortho I found pain management doctor who oversees my medicine and physical therapy, any injections. He listens to my neuro, who guides the treatments as well as what he wants to see for decision on surgery. They all are different offices in my case, but are my team. Emotionally I feel strong, but now added a therapist to my team so I can get some support on dealing with the loss of my physical self. I was so athletic and energetic and amazing. I'm still amazing and energetic..just stuck in a vessel that cannot walk.

    Enough about me. This is about you. It took me many years to assemble the team that is interested in me, and wants me to be all I can. I hope you can find that support to. Count on us and the forums when you need to vent or need experience. Welcome!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    edited 09/04/2015 - 11:08 AM
    I worked in IT for almost 35 years.

    That and long commutes finally semi-forced me into retirement. I have put together a number of threads talking about working with computers.

    One of them is How to get through 8 hours a day on the computer
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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