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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Chronic Pain
hi folks! getting pretty fed up now with being in constant pain! my story is this- over the last 10 years I have put my back out several times. After my last pregnancy, I had no pain untill my baby was 11 weeks old when I put it out so bad, I had to get the doctor out to give me morphine so I could crawl to the toilet (even crawling was near impossible and couldnt get up on toilet!) Was on 24 tablets for the next week. Anyway the pain went away completely after 2 weeks.About 3 weeks later pain returned gradually and has not left me for over a year now. I had an x-ray a number of months ago, and the neurologist said there was signs of degeneration, but surgery wouldnt help. I have been getting physio for the last 6 months but still have chronic pain at the top of the sacrum, lower lumber region,and into my seat muscles.It just seems to be going on and on, and I'm wondering if an MRI scan would be useful? Its only on very rare occasion that I get pain in my left leg.Fed up of taking tramedol,diclofenac and prozac,but not getting better!Any advice would be appreciated! :(
thanks folks!x



  • hi again, can I just add that the pain I feel, is felt when sitting, lying on my front or back,and on my side on a hard surface,while stepping down hard and jumping, bending over, twisting(sometimes),and alot of the time my spine feels sore to the touch.It also hurts alot when I tilt my pelvis.It is so hard to cope with as my baby is heavy and putting him in his cot is hell and I cant bend down to push him on his ride on toys.I have no income as there is no job I can do.I just wish my doctor and PT would look into it more, but I dont want to feel like I'm waisting their time.
  • my husband as had this pain for 6 month now and can not go back to work the pain is so bad some time that he cant sit stand or walk they have told him he as got DDD and narrowing in the L5-S1 he also so has been going to phyiso with no help thay still will not do the Mri on him he now gets pain in his neck and knee as well so i have been coming on here for some answer to see what can be done and i am now going back with him tuesday to see his phyiso at found some answers i hope you can get the help you need as well its very sad to see people in so much pain these days most doc say ddd dont give pain but i can tell you what i have seen in the way my husband as been with his pain they should look into it again cause the pain is reel
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  • thanks for replying. I live in scotland and am lucky we have the nhs to cover costs of treatment like pt, but what doesnt make sense to me is that they have been paying for a pt for over six months with very little if any improvement,so they are waisting much needed money when I really need diagnosed properly. I wonder if I should ask for an MRI scan or, if the symptoms I have wouldnt be diagnosed with one.With the staight of nhs funding and the financial mess the country is in, I dont want to waist valuable time and money. Do these symptoms sound like anyone elses that have been diagnosed with a scan?
    thanks again !
  • I think that you certainly need an MRI and would not be wasting anything by asking for one. I do suffer alot of the same pain that you do and my problem is in the facet joints. Have you ever had your back "lock up" on you while walking, standing or bending?
  • yes,but only, momentarily.Do you mean this or locking up and staying locked? When I've put it out on the occations before it became chronic (around 8 times over a few years- the last time, which was the worst, I only moved about an inch while sitting up in bed,after which the pain was as bad as childbitrh if I tried to move even a mm!10 hours after I did it,I had to ask my husband to try to put my babys changing mat and lots of towels under me so I could do the toilet (tmi!), but he couldnt even do that as it was too painful.This is when the doc came out and gave me a morpine jab,then was gingerly helped into a crawling position,as it was too painfull having someone else totally do my movements.I crawled,by shuffling my hands along as my back wouldnt support me so I could lift one, and got to our en-suite which is about 3 ft from our bed!! and had to pee in a basin on the floor in the end).
    Along with my back going rigged with spasm,I always had a pain I could pinpoint on the left hand side on my sacrum.Apart from wear and tear, the x-ray showed nothing else,so would an mri show anymore as far as the facet joints are concerned. Many many thanks for replying and sorry for waffling!x
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  • an MRI shows the soft tissue where xrays show bone. I was actually diagnosed by a combo of xray, mri and facet injections. Sometimes we can have lots of small things show up on MRI or xray but it is hard to pinpoint which is causing the pain. I think that is why lots of times it take several types of diagnostic tools to diagnose back pain.I actually get stuck in a hunched over position and can not move at all for a few seconds to minutes (seems like hours). I am not a doc but it does seem that if PT was going to work at all that you would have some results by now. If it were me, I would be pushing to move on to the next step. It is not unusual for docs to start treatment at the most conservative level. A trial and error type of thing.
  • thanks for that. I've got my pt appoint. tomorrow and will ask about it then. thanks again. Had a really bad night of it last night and when I got up this morning I felt some little clicks and though still sore while I move my pelvis, its not as bad as the last few days :/
  • Hi would ask for an MRI. I had to ask my Doctor and from there you'll have more treatment options or know what's going on. All of us need to suggest to Doctors what to do sometimes. Even lifting a pitcher of water hurts me. How did that appt. go? Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • finally getting a referral for an orthopedic review and mri...thanks all who replied xx >:D<
  • But if your pain is more nerve related, such as some impingement or pressure on the spinal nerves, the next step (for me, anyway) would be to see a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

    From some of what you have posted, it sounds like you have some nerve pain issues. The orthopedist is great for joint and bone issues, but for nerve damage or pressure (impingement), the neuro is the best. (just my humble opinion)

    It's probable that both specialists will see some issues that they can make recommendations for. I wish you best of luck with the MRI and ensuing appointments. Having a young one when you have a bad back, can be doubly hard. I know it's easier said than done, but try if you can to not lift the baby very often. And also, sometimes PT can make things worse, rather than better. Especially since you have been going so long, without any results.

    Take care, Mitzi
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