Hi am new to this Topic , just looking for some advice, i fell about 5 months back on the decking outside, had really bad back pain for about 6-8 weeks, then it started to wear off slowly , then one morning i woke i was in terrible pain screaming the house down couldnt get out of bed didnt know wot to do, went over to my gp who said he would refer me to the back specialist, couple weeks later had a letter off the phyo department to say to come in for physo, i spoke with the guy there, told him about my back pain, and the pain in my right leg , numbness in the foot, and finding it really hard to go to the toilet, i cant drive nomore due to my foot, gee if i cough or sneeze am screaming in pain, i already take oxycontin and oxynorm , but they dont touch the pain, he took some details and said ok see you next week, goes in again the following week to see him, he done my reflexes on my knee's and ankles and there wasnt none he looked abit puzzled and tryed a few more times, then we talked some more about my symtoms, he told me when i got home to do puzzles and watch alot of tv to keep my mind off the pain i looked at him stupid , i have 2 children to look after , he didnt make me another appointment for the following week, told me he going to speak to the back specialist then ring me back, it gone over a week now so i rang him, he told me he has sent a letter to my gp to give m stronger pain medication, and he see me on the 28th of this month, i was really taken back with this, i asked him again dont you think you should aleast scan me first to see whats going on, or you just going to fill me with painkillers then try to do physo on me, What if you do more damage than good, he can see the amount of pain i am in i cant walk with out dragging my right foot, cant stand for longer than 5 seconds, am suicidal with this am only getting about 3 hours tops of sleep a night, cant take much more, just asking for some advice on where do i go from here, Many Thank's ****************************************************************************************************** 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
. 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?
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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 : 10/13/15 08:10 est