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I'm not sure if this will post but- I got a pretty bad pain scenario please help

jolteon101jjolteon101 Posts: 24
edited 10/10/2015 - 11:39 AM in Chronic Pain
I'm 20 years old and I got an MRI done and the results revealed significant findings. Let me backtrack a year ago. A year ago I started experiences moderate pain in neck and upper back. It didn't seem much until over time, it gradually became more and more noticeable. At one point, about 2 months ago, it was so bad I was rushed to the ER where I passed out because I was in so much pain. We didn't have a diagnosis at the time and apparently little could be done...this [edit]me off...go figure.
Anyways the MRI revealed straightening of the cervical spine, consistent with muscle spasm, mild degenerative changes, mild disc desiccation, a minor herniated disk with minimal contact to the cervical with the cervical cord, mild disc space narrowing and a minor disc bulge.Also, something strange, I think was noted but I know nothing about this so you tell me. Apparently something called the prominent left sided epidural vein is draining out of the left intervertebral foramen and it was written down as of questionable significance.

So anyways, it has caused SEVERE pain in the past and prior to the MRI I have received a naproxxen, celebrex, baclofen, advil, tylenol, aspirin, diclofenac with lidocaine gel and I can't go on flexeril because its serotingeric and I'm taking an antidepressant, did acupuncture, massages, excercise. These meds were prescribed when I didn't have these diagnosis's for my neck pain but now with these diagnosis's, IF my doc doesn't prescribe an opiod, I'm going to be terrified and angry.
I asked him for an opiot before and I guess it kind of makes sense he wouldn't give me one without an diagnostic proof but now I have proof that the pain is legitimate. I even have an appointment with the doc who got the MRI done(who isn't my family doc) with me to tell him about this scenario. I don't have severe pain now but its building up and when it gets bad...I cry..its just terrible. What my plan is to do with the doc who got the MRI for me is to either ask for opiods because he knows the extent of the pain or to ask him to be my primary doc is he's taking patients or maybe to make an exception for me?? I would switch docs in a heartbeat if I can manage to control my pain symptoms without having to go through the lies and the deceit that "your too young for narcotics". Give me a [edit] break.
I know painkillers are bad but when the pains bad, ITS BAD. Also, the [edit] waiting list for a pain clinic is like 7 months!!!So I don't want to here that garbage.
I don't know what to do. If the pain gets bad and the docs don't script me narcotics, I'll have to do a CWE of codeine OVC. This is unethical and its WRONG. Please help and be objective! Thank you :)

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  • dealing with back pain and treatment of 20 plus years, the term that you need to focus on are mild....ddd is just a generic term used to indicate a normal process of aging. Our spines allow us to stand upright and as we use our bodies, the discs between the vertebrae can very very slowly loose some of their moisture, kind of like a jelly doughnut. If you take a freshly made jelly doughnut, leave it sitting around , eventually the jelly inside will start to dry (dessication) over enough time. Discs are similar in that. Luckily for you, the terms mild are good news. A bulge is simply where one part of a disc may sit outside it's normal margins and can be there for many reasons ,including your position during the MRI or CT scan. As long as it is not in contact with the exiting nerve roots or the spinal cord, they generally aren't a concern.
    Most of us in the world will have both disc bulges and ddd show up if we have imaging done of our spines.
    Muscles spasms can occur for many reasons, being tense, trying to avoid movement, stress....those are usually best treated with other options and therapies including muscle relaxers, Tens units, excercise.
    There are many treatment options for mild spine conditions , that may be very helpful.
    I'M not a doctor , but understand
    it's hard when you read the reports and don't understand the terminology to know what's important and significant and what's considered normal findings for your age, occupation etc. When you see the doctor who ordered the testing, I'M sure they will explain things to you. Until then, relax and let them guide what treatment you may or may not need.

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