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pain in neck, thoracic area and low back

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in New Member Introductions
I am a 49 year old female and have suffered with low back pain for 13 years now. I was injured at work when I twisted my back trying to catch a heavy rack full of clothes. The first year was agonzing lumbar pain.
Tried epidural injections, pt, chiropractic, but with no relief. Gradually after a year the pain got better, but is always there limiting me from standing for very long, or walking more that maybe 50yards without pain. I learned to deal with it and the pain became manageable. MRIs I had showed no real problems. Then in May 2008 my husband and I were hurrying around trying to get our house ready for new carpet. I lifted furniture that I shouldn't have, spent 3 hours mowing the lawn with a push mower. I hadn't mowed the lawn in over 15 years, but was trying to help my husband out because he had been working tons of overtime and just didn't get to it. I just really overdid it, but assumed that I'd be better the next day. Well, I woke up in intense pain 2 days after all the work and have been in misery every since. I have cervical, thoracic, and lumbar pain in all 3 areas. It's been 3 months and I have gotten no relief. I was trying to work and would end up sitting in my car over the lunch hour crying because the pain was so bad. Ice is the only thing that helps the pain. I had another MRI which showed some mild disc bulging in the neck and thoracic area, also facet artheritis in the lumbar area.
But, I don't think anything showed up that the doctors think should
be causing this much pain. I finally took a leave of a
absence from work because I cannot deal with customer on a
day to day basis in this much pain. It's so strange because
I am so lonely, but don't want to be around my friends or
family members because it takes so much energy not to complain or show the pain. I feel like I don't want to
expose them to my real pain. I feel very vunerable and
think I might lose my friends if I complain about the pain.
No one wants to be around someone is constant pain who is
unable to focus on anything but the pain. I feel suicidal
and this terrifies me because as of late all I can do is try to think of ways to die. I feel so sorry for my husband and my son because I don't want to put them thru the grief and trama of my suicide, but just don't know how
to cope with this hopeless situation. I am so scared that
I will not survive this. My doctor doesn't believe much in
pain medicine unless there is clincial evidence of the pain.
Since my MRI only shows some mild disc bulging and some moderate stenosis he doesn't want to give me pain meds. I
went to Physical therapy again, but it didn't semm to help. I feel like I am getting worse everyday. I did finally convince my doctor to give me vicodin for the pain
but he only gives me 30 tablet and that has to last me a month. I am going to the hospital this Wednesday for epidural injections for the pain. Thanks to everyone for
listening. I am sorry to go on so.


  • We all understand what you are feeling! You can have all the "normal" friends in the world - but WE actually want you to tell us what you are feeling and talk about your pain.
    We all understand and can empathize with you.
    Have you seen a pain management doctor? If not, ask your primary doc to refer you.
    Also, have you seen a Spine Specialist? That would be my next referral request.
    First, we need to get you some relief from your pain so you can think straight and second, we need to find you a doctor that specializes in spines.
    You can PM me if you want - my name is Stephanie - but everyone calls me CRANKY! }:)
  • hope- I suffer from chronic pain too and it is throughout my spine. Pain can be overwhelming at times but I think you need help getting your pain under control so you can feel more in control of your life. I would check into a pain management dr as well as a spine specialist as cranky has said. There is a cause for your pain but they just have not yet found it. There are 2 problems to get through-a proper diagnosis and then proper treatment. I hope the injections will help decrease the pain for now until you can see more drs that can help you. I do empathize with you and keep pushing for treatment of your pain. You may need to take an advocate with you at the drs office to insist on treatments,tests, meds and whatever you need to control your pain. :) jade
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846

    For a Spine-Health Site introduction, Click on :

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    If you have any questions, feel free to contact (PM) any one of the Moderators here Priestess , Bruce , Paulgla, DiLauro

    The Spine-Health Web site offers so much more than these Member Forums.
    Check the various tabs at the top of the Spine-Health page and you will find so much that is offered here.

    Please feel free to contact me at rdilauro@gmail.com or send me a message
    Your member name says it all! Yes there is always hope for spinal problems. There are seldom times when after all diagnostic testing is done (MRI,myleogram, EMG, discograms) that doctors can not pinpoint to what is the problem and develop action plans. It is more difficult when some of these test results come back basically not showing a lot. So from a test point of view, there should not be anything causing problems. But so many times, medical tests need to be backed up/verified with clinical examinations (and the other way around also).
    Let assume for a second that all your tests come back indicating that there is nothing surgical the doctors can do and pain medication is difficult to get scripts file.
    There are still many conservative treatments that can still be explored and if some didnt work before they are still worth trying again.
    Its worth putting in that effort just so you can be around with your husband continue to watch your son grow.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Hello all - I had ADCF surgery on 6/27 - and I am still in so much pain! I am due to return to work on 8/11, but don't think I will be going. Is it possible that my surgery didn't work?????
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you are in a bad situation without proper medical care. not having adequate pain medication is not good care. i have been where you are try to prove pain to a doctor and found i was better off with a doctor who believed in me and would help me. perhaps you need to find such a doctor. you sound like you are really suffering and these days that should not be so. i share the loneliness that comes with chronic pain but the friends i have here on the forum have been a lifesaver. maybe it can help you as well. good luck and please let us know how you are. i care! Jenny :)
  • Do not give up. There is a doctor out there that can help you get your pain under control and get your life back. You need to find a pain management doc as soon as possible. I also have facet arthropathy (arthritis) and I will tell you it is definitely painful! There are lots of things to try that may help you tremendously! Please PM me any time that you want to talk. And if the suicidal thoughts continue, please call the suicide helpline. If not for yourself do it for the ones that will be left behind to suffer the pain of losing their mother/wife wondering if it was their fault or if they could have done something to stop you for the rest of their life. You can get this under control. Just be strong and find a new doc immediately. Preferably a PM Doc. Please keep us posted.
  • Hello hope,
    I just want to say that there is a lot of power in prayer. I'll will remember you in my mine. I also wanted to mention that the Doctor's are being paid by you and should have heard what your saying and treat that. Don't give up life is too short already, keep your chin up and demand that the doctor fully hears what you are saying. If it helps keep a daily pain log so you can show him in writing exactly your feeling every day and what your having to endure. If your not getting anywhere with them think about other highways to take. I'm sure if you ask around you'll find someone to listen. A pain management doctor has been a life saver for alot of us. Please, please keep trying if there is a will there is a way!!! :)

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