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Middle to lower back pain what to do?

TinaleMaeTTinaleMae Posts: 4
edited 02/01/2016 - 7:57 PM in Lower Back Pain
I an a 46 year old woman for about the last week I have been experiencing back pain from middle back right about where bra band is down to my upper right butt cheek, I woke up one morning with sore back that continued to get worse as time went on, I would say it's a good 7 on pain scale from 1-10. The most painful area is middle back right next to spine. I have over exerted my back in the past and it usually resolved by itself within a few days with rest. It's very hard to walk up right, although I have been forcing myself to do so because I know posture is important for back issues, lifting my right leg whole on back is painful, bending over, twisting I have been using warm moist heat, dry heat, soaking in hot baths with Epsom salts, gently stretching, taking a few meloxicam and flexeril which provided no relief. Awhile back I bruised my ribs up pretty bad and also had a seperation, the pain was awful, taking a breath hurt so very, very bad. I went to doctor's had xrays, doctor told me it was important that I take deep breathes to prevent pneumonia, brace if I cough,sneezed,things like that, it would take about several weeks to heal I left doctors office with a script for meloxicam and flexeril, nothing for intense pain which lasted for what seem like forever especially when trying to breathe but that's another story. That fiasco definitely left ne with a why see a doctor for this attitude. The idea of sitting around doctor office waiting, being exposed to illness, spending money to be examined, which will cause more pain, I have no problem with xrays, an mri, a referral, i do want to know what is going on but I know the initial exam will increase the pain, and then to be told to do everything I am already doing, and sent on my way with nothing to help the pain except for maybe meloxicam and a muscle relaxer. Meloxicam seems to be the treatment for any kind of pain or Injury where I live, reminds me of back when I was in Army, I am Desert Storm veteran and motrin was prescribed for everything. I probably sound like I am such a whiner, a complainer, a big baby maybe I am, I have not slept much due to the back pain, I want to know what's going on with my back, I do want some pain relief to help me rest. I have also noticed that woman tend to be ignored, treated like drama queens and under treated when it comes to pain. I had my first daughter all natural, no pain control, my husband says he knows if I am complaining then the pain must be bad. Any ideas on what might be going on with my back? Is it worth trip to doctor, how can I get them to listen and get the help I need, any advice on what to do or say to help me get the help I need. For anyone who actually read this very long post, thanks and I am sorry that I rambled on. Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated.

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You mentioned you would be willing to have a referral.
    Does that mean thus far you have been working with your primary doctor?

    My primary tried working with my chronic pain for two years before referring me to pain management specialist.
    I was a puddle in my pain and I had never even thought to ask.
    PM was best thing for me!

    My primary had even told me that she would not be comfortable in treating my pain and that specialist would probably prescribe higher doses, which she would not be comfortable prescribing herself....
    and that also takes up doctor's time for continued monitoring.
    With my PM doctor, my primary agrees with my treatments and is supportive to me and PM doctor...and stays in the loop of my care.

    My PM doctor did a variety of other testing of my spine and able to discover and better address areas and issues of my spine, and other issues.

    Please keep us posted with how you're doing!
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  • I have not seen any doctor in regards to the back pain I am experiencing. I have seen doctor for other things such as bruised and seperated rib, the pain was awful, taking a breath hurt so very, very bad. I went to doctor's had xrays, doctor told me it was important that I take deep breathes to prevent pneumonia, brace if I cough,sneezed,things like that, it would take about several weeks to heal I left doctors office with a script for meloxicam and flexeril, nothing for intense pain, breathing especially deep breaths had me in tears, I was in tears in the doctor's office. Usually only time I go to doctor is for physicals or occasion illness. Before my ribs I have never been seen for injury or pain. The idea of sitting around a doctor's office, exposed to get a going thru the initial painful exam only to receive no help angers me. I know the exam on s going to increase my pain level, I am already st a 7 pain wise. I don't have a problem with being sent for an xray, mri or even a referral but living with the pain until results are received or until the referral appointment happens is torture. If I knew doctor would help with some sort of relief until results or referred appointment I might see this differently. My husband really thinks I should get checked out but I don't have a lot of faith in doctors, dealing with bruised and separated ribs, nothing for pain, crying every time I took a breath was awful. I am hoping this is just an acute situation, I don't remember doing anything ti cause this pain, just woke up with it about a week ago, I am positive I aggravated it just going on with my usual day to day because pain has increased, its definitely interfering with my sleep, its definitely interfering with everything, I have spent last several days resting, I took some meloxicam and flexeril left over from my ribs, ice, heat, nothing is helping I am at a constant pain of about a 7. I don't have a lot of options for doctors where I live in small town southwest Missouri, I also know that woman are undertreated when it comes to pain. As you can see I do not have a positive view on doctors. Like I said my husband really thinks I need to see a doctor, I would be willing to if I thought I would get help of any kind. I want to know what's going on, I also want relied from pain.
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