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27 and struggling

edited 09/18/2015 - 11:36 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi there - I'm 27 years old, and I've been struggling with lower back pain for a year and a half or so.

The pain came on suddenly (with bonus flailing legs and inability to hold a 'normal' posture) - bed rest and muscle relaxants took me to what became my 'new normal': chronic pain around my lower back/right lower back/right hip that could be controlled through painkillers and ignoring it, but changed my gait. I also have a bunch of lower back lipomas, but who knows if that's related.

The latest attack (severe pain, less Gumby legs) has me on T3s (which only sort of help) and with a cane. My doctors have so far not paid much attention to my back, saying that I'm too young to have anything worth getting tests done for, so I'm going to get a second opinion since I'm pretty sure that debilitating pain and using a cane at 27 isn't exactly situation normal.

Mostly I'm here so I feel a little less alone with all this.


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  • Hi neither.sink.no..
    I felt the same as you that my doctor was not taking me serious
    Sorry that you are in so much pain and not getting any help,
    My pain is not as bad as you are experiencing, i do have lower back pain with pain and pin&needles in my leg,
    I just kept going back to my doctor who thought it was just apulled muscle so i kept working,
    i did see another doctor that kind of listened better but i did still have complain that i was in pain and the painkillers were not helping, i went every week and was finally sent for an MRI scan which was clear they say i have muscle and ligament damage,
    I use atens machine which helps with the pain,

    I hope the next doctor you see listens to you properly and sends you for a Mri scan so they can find out what is the cause of your pain,
    I would complain about your treatment and being left in sever pain,
  • bluesky6bbluesky6 Posts: 3
    edited 09/19/2015 - 3:46 AM
    hello I feel your situation!!! I too am walking with a cane at 35, and I know this isn't normal!!! Getting a doc to take me seriously has been my biggest struggle. I have a high pain tolerance and I don't think people get how painful it is!
    My biggest support and advocates are my parents. They KNOW when I say I'm in pain I am and it's bad. They are keeping me going saying that you have to be your own advocate and keep pushing with the docs. If you aren't making headway, find another doc until someone will listen to you. I'm looking for a new back doc myself, as the last two haven't given me detailed results from my testing, and just blow me off saying there's nothing they can do for me. Keep fighting, and if you want to vent, you can always PM me..
    This too shall pass.... hopefully!
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