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lower Back Pain, Terrible Pain and numbness in Leg

TeaTTea Posts: 1
edited 10/13/2015 - 2:10 AM in Lower Back Pain
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

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    The whole pain management thing can take time..trial and try again.
    The sleep deprivation does not help the situation any. And two children to look after!

    Do you have support people in your life that you can ask for help with child care?

    I don't notice any testing you had, and must say I agree with your question of doing some kind of testing to see what you are dealing with. My opinion only.
    And I too would think doctor would want to investigate why you did not respond to reflex test.

    Are you able to call and be medicated and treated by spine specialist himself? Or do you always have to go through you primary Doctor first?
    My doctors keep in touch, but I deal straight with my PM spine specialist. If anything, it is more timely.
    And I also know what information is being told to him and with what kind of tone and inflection.

    My PM Doctor did different kinds of testing. The EMG was most revealing for me. It showed areas of spinal issues not previously noted. He was able to treat according to source, also.

    I, too, had horrible sleep deprivation! My PM sent me for sleep study. I was amazed anything could be noted as I didn't sleep well there either.
    But my doctor saw something and medicated me. I may still have one or two nights without sleep, but I can live with that!

    Have you ever given thought to a second opinion?

    I think depression often accompanies chronic pain and all its issues. I took myself to psychiatrist and therapist and their help was definitely good.
    I finally found therapist who specialty is depression with chronic pain. Previously, I didn't even know they existed.
    Within a year with her, my thought process was turned around and I'm very positive with my attitude.
    That was not my bent throughout my life. So, with my mind and emotions, I have never felt better in my life.

    Another thing I did during those dark days, I would call the suicide hotline. It was programmed into my phone.
    I called anytime I wanted..anytime another one of those thoughts popped into my head.

    Of course, I had my times of not believing a thing they said....but listening to them did give me time to pause.
    I used them for a time while still going to psychiatrist and therapist...and of course, I told them and that fine with them.

    So I would like to include the numbers provided by Spine-health below...
    UK: 08457 90 90 90
    ROI:1850 60 90 90

    And like you said, you have two children to take care of.

    Sorry for length of this post.....

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  • Mamacita57MMamacita57 Posts: 53
    edited 10/17/2015 - 3:48 AM
    You said they wanted to up your oxycontin. Why are you on oxycontin in the first place. Have you had prior back problems. Definitely follow Savages post. Also you can come to this forum and it is helpful to know your not alone or crazy. I remember wanting to end it all after 12 years of pain/no sleep and the hacks out there. You definitely need a second opinion. Ask you primary doc to order an MRI and EMG also a FLEX x-ray. The Flex x-ray showed my spine slippage more than any other test. Good luck
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