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New here....figured would give a shot

obucksruleoobucksrule Posts: 1
edited 01/30/2016 - 9:55 PM in New Member Introductions
So I am 39 years old, and have back problems that can no longer be ignored. I am not sure what to do at this point. I've always had some pain, but now it's beyond control. I went out to eat last week, sat on a chair at a table for an hour or so, walked to the parking lot, and was talking to a friend and literally almost fell down out of no where due to back pain. Happens when I sit straight up on my couch all the time too....I get up, and any weight, any step I take it is so painful I almost fall over on my face. I dropped phone the other day, bent to pick it up and once again, almost collapsed straight to the floor. Same with sometimes when I go to sit on my chair at work, I get halfway there and get a pain I cannot foresee, nor control. And collapse into the chair.......That's the worst part, I kind of know it's coming, but it hits and there is no 'anticipation' to avert it. It is so bad.....I went to Chiro years ago, but was 'temporary relief' and it's gotten so bad now I can't sleep on my bed. I've tried 2 different pricey mattresses and memory foam toppers and still sleep on my couch, which doesn't help much either. Sorry I am rambling here, but it's bad, and figured would give a shot on this site.

Welcome to Spine-Health

One of the most important things that need 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
    . Acupuncture
    . 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?
    . Results
- 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?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

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 :

Liz, Spine-health Moderator



  • This may be a very serious issue
    Your Primary Care physician should have a look soon!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 02/03/2016 - 10:40 AM
    You said your back problems can no longer be ignored.
    Curious if that means you are having new and or worsening symptoms..for long term issue?

    Whenever we are under doctor's care, they need clear communication.
    I think that your doctor would want to know.
    He is the one to monitor your spine, assess, guide and or reassure you.

    We may share similar experiences with you, but that may not be your experience.
    Doctor is best to help determine about change in symptoms.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • jackienjayjjackienjay Webster flPosts: 1
    I am 59 yrs old snd s 34 yr lupus survivor. I have s back fusion from L4 to S1. On Tursday 2/16/16 I had thd disc removed betwren L3 and L4 and a cage for promoting bone growth put in. After 3 days of unresl psin I now am experiencing unreal a 10 pain in my hips if I stand up or stay stsnding for any amount of time . I just want to know if any of you have experienced this.
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