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CThompso2608CCThompso2608 Posts: 1
edited 09/29/2015 - 5:58 AM in Chronic Pain
I'm need I g some advice, I'm 34 and for the past 5-6 years I've been dealing with back pain, its along my spine...not really in 1 General area and its a burning, stabbing, almost pulling kind of feeling, I have been to my physician and had xrays done but she says there is nothing wrong with my spine. She has me on Tylenol 3 with cosine but they do not help, I feel it all day every day and I am can't do much of anything without it hurting. I feel as though I get dismissed a lot when it comes to my pain and passed judgment on as a pill popper because of where I live which is not the case at all. . My Dr. Isn't trying to help me figure out what's wrong with my back and I know that I'm way to young to hurt this bad on a daily basis. I have googled my systems and it goes back to nerve damage but what do I do now, where do I go from here if my Dr won't help me?

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 09/29/2015 - 11:01 AM
    My primary doctor tried working with my chronic pain a couple years before she referred me to pain management doctor.
    That was best thing for me!

    He did more testing, and EMG was most revealing for me.

    You mention you had X-rays, but there are so many different kinds of testing specialist doctor can do.
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 09/29/2015 - 5:48 PM
    In my personal experience that's way too long to wait for proper diagnostic testing. Until they know exactly what's wrong & causing your pain they can't recommend the correct treatments to help you. Do you need to be referred to a specialist for your insurance company? I'd go for a referral next. Sometimes you have to be a bit proactive & push politely a little.

    Best wishes.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Who is committed to solving your pain. I agree with EG, get referral if necessary. If your insurance doesn't require referral, go to other Doctor.

    Figuring out best doctor..I'm not sure because I'm not a doctor. If it were me I would ask my doctor who they recommend for back pain, I would ask co-workers, friends, family and Facebook acquaintances.

    Im sorry you are in pain and haven't gotten a remedy.
  • MeydeyMMeydey Posts: 209
    edited 10/01/2015 - 4:16 PM
    It might be a good idea to seek a second opinion..pain strikes at any age, even chronic pain. Unfortunately today being young is another hurdle to get over. If you have nerve pain, it is especially important to find a doctor who will do an MRI. I was in my 30's when I had 2 disc herniations. You are certainly not too young to have back issues. I'm not a doctor, just am speaking from what I've experienced. There are many young people here, even teens, who have back problems. Don't let the age short sightedness stop you from getting diagnosed and treated. My sciatic nerve remained compressed for too long before I had surgery and I have permanent nerve damage. Of course I exhausted conservative treatments (ESI's, physical therapy, meds, etc). What symptoms are you having?
    Ol' Spiney...Microdiscectomy L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central disc herniation L4-S1, sciatic nerve damage, retrolisthesis, epidural fibrosis, facet arthropathy, severe DDD & OA.FBSS- Medtronic SynchroMed II pump.
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 724
    Dear CT...

    That's a long time to suffer... sounds like you need to find another doctor.

    I suffered from psoriatic arthrisis for a long time because my orthopedic doctor either didn't understand and or didn't want to mess with it. Once I saw the correct arthritis doctor he gave me almost immediate relief with the correct diagnosis and medications.

    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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