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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