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Chronic back pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Chronic Pain
:''( Good Morning, it's been a long time since I last posted and was rather suprised to see the site was moved, but luckily I found it.

I have a problem with my chronic back pain as well as looking for a new pain management doctor.

I will start with the pain. It's of course in my back and it's so bad I throw up from it. I have no idea why this is happening unless it's from the weather since we have turned super cold again. The pain is mainly in my right shoulder blade. It starts there and shoots to the front of me. I also have horrible pain in my lower back. I am taking vicodin, soma, ambien cr for sleep but that is a joke since I'm lucky to sleep five hours. I also take Relafen twice a day which sometimes does help and other times it doesn't. I have found taking a hot shower to allow the water to hit that area of my back does help, as well as the heating pad which seems to help less and less. So please, any suggestions I am very greatful for.

Now the second issue, my pain management doctor has taken a position as a medical director at a hospital so I need to find a new PM doctor. I live in Plano, Texas so if anyone happens to know of a good one who won't just think I'm faking the pain for pills I would be so happy. I get so annoyed when I read posts from others who have this chronic pain and the stories of doctors and ER's thinking they are seeking pain meds. I just need help as soon as possible and any as well as all suggestions will be appreciated.

Ann H.


  • Have you tried seeing an orthopedic surgeon for advise? I had shoulder pain that shot down my arm for about 6 months, it ended up being bone ships in my neck pinching the nerve that goes down my arm.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    I did recognize your member name from the old site.
    Many people switch doctors for whatever reasons (moving, retiring doctors, etc) and need to find a new pain management doctor or someone who will manage their pain.
    Whenever you do find a new doctor, one of the first things they will do is get copies of your records even if you have provided them. You didnt indicate with your chronic pain if you have had surgery and if so,what was the surgery and the dates.
    I think that sometimes the more difficult then to do when switching doctors is to maintain or change the pain medications you are on. The current doctor many times wants first hand knowledge of your condition and that is done generally through clinical examinations. Then they may send you to Physical Therapy or for more diagnostic testing.
    This does not imply that even time a patient changes doctors they will need to go through this. With the recent hype about pain medications , each doctor wants to make sure that when they write a script that it is for the right reason and can be backed up by medical reviews.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • Good morning, yes I have had five surgeries. Two of them were hardware removal though the last being just as my husband returned from Bosnia in December 2000. I have also had five right hip surgeries. First being when I was oh I think either 30 or 31 that was a total right hip replacement. Two years later it was come loose so it was done again same Dr. in Santa Barbara, Ca. Third and fourth hip surgeries were done in Ukiah Ca in May on 1991, the fourth was actually two and a half weeks after the third because the doctor put the wrong size prostisis in my leg. Bright doctor huh? The fifth and last hip surgery was done in Plano Tx when my husband was home on his two week R&R from Iraq in 2005. I'm having pain with my hip and leg more and more. But luckily it doesn't feel like it's broken like it did before, who knows how long I walked on the darn thing when it was broken!

    So between my back and my hip it's constant pain and my PM is going to quit his practice to become the medical director at a hospital in our area.

    Oh forgot to add my back surgeon is in Dallas, I haven't seen him in years but I will if you think I should. I hate to bother doctors but I can't keep going with the pain either. I'm so tired of using a heating pad, I sleep with it under me so when I wake up in pain I can turn it on. I still sleep only about 4-5 hours a night and that isn't solid sleep.

    I had an MRI a couple years ago and my neck didn't show a pinched nerve but things can change in no time. My right arm gets super sore as well. Like it's been hit with something hard but trust me if I was hit I would hit back.

    I'm 55 years old so I don't think it's 'old' age time.

    Thanks for your help. I miss the group. My user name on the other site was 'vinvivella'.

    You are all a great bunch of good people.
    Merry Christmas to each of you,
  • Hi Ann,

    My name is Angel21 and this is my first time onto this website and your story was the first one I read. And I wanted to tell you a little bit about my story dealing with Chronic Back Pain. I am 21 years old, I live in Michigan and I was diagnosed with Scoliosis when I was in 7th grade during a cheerleading physical at my doctors office. In the past 2 years it has grown into severe scoliosis and to a point to where I can't even carry my own daughter. I can't even sit on the floor sometimes without needing help up. My bones hurt so back all over, that I feel like I am 70 years old, and I am only 21! I have seen 5 specialist since I have been diagnosed and none of them ever thought it was bad enough to do anything about it until a year ago when I put myself in the hospital twice in one month because I just got sick and tired of so much pain. My doctors didn't believe me when I told them how much pain I was in, they just thought I was some kind of pain pill addict. So since this past spring, I was finally put on a very high dose of Norco 5 times a day, and Flexeril at night time. But to make the rest of the story short, you need to find a good Ortho Surgeon, make an app. as soon as possible and when you go in there, you need to tell them that something needs to be done because you can't function because your meds are not the right ones. And if you have to get more than one opinion. Don't EVER cut yourself short because you don't want your doctors to think you are just looking for the pain medication. Your pain is real and you have the right to be medically treated the right way. Don't go to a regular doctor for pain meds, go to a regular doctor for a referal, and a specialist or a pain clinic for your medications....Good Luck Ann! Merry Christmas!! :H
  • Merry Christmas Ashley,

    Thank you for your letter, I will follow what you say and make an appointment with the surgeon who did my five surgeries on my back. Prior to having my first surgery I had one of those horrible disograms that showed my L5S1 had to be fixed, it also showed another disk would need repair in I think the doctor said 5-10 years, however within two years I was back in surgery for that one. I just don't understand why this pain is so bad, I have a low tolerance to pain but I think even with someone who has a high tolerance would be in pain. I actually puke from the pain and I sleep with a heating pad that luckily goes off after about 20 minutes but when I wake from the pain I can turn it back on. This not being able to sleep even when I take an Ambien CR doesn't help either. I'm 55 years old, my children are adults with children of their own so I have five grandchildren, my daughter just finished her midwife course and has graduated she along with her three children live with my husband and I. Her children are 14 my one and only grandson! The other two are precious girls who are 7 & 5. I don't carry them around however I do once in a great while pick them up so they can see how pretty they look in the mirror. They know I am in pain all the time so they help me out so much which is a blessing. I feel bad for you having a young daughter who you need to carry around, I'm sure she doesn't understand your pain.

    I see my PCP in early Jan so I will ask for a referral to see my spine doctor in Dallas and to a pain management doctor here in Plano that I found on the internet. Not happy about that but I have no choice since my other PM doc is leaving his practice and they claim they can't recommend antoher doc. Oh well, I will find a good one, in fact I think I will start making calls next week to interview doctors. We hire them, they don't hire us so I find no reason not to interview them. Right?

    Take it easy and please be careful. Thank you for your suggestions, and have a very Blessed Christmas.

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  • I am so sorry for all of the horrors that you have experienced at the hands of so called medical professionals. It really does tend to make a person gun shy. I am not sure of how it works in Texas but where I live the darn PM docs will not see you at all until you are referred by another doc and they look over your info and then decide if they will accept you as a patient! I have a great PM but he is about a 1 hour drive for me. So, I tried to make an appt with a PM much closer to me so that I could see if I was comfortable enough with him to make the change and he would not see me unless he accepted me as a patient. Needless to say I stuck with the one that I have been seeing for the past 4 years. He actually gives me enough meds so that I only have to see him every other month. I really do wish you luck in finding a good PM and some pain relief. Please keep us posted.

    BTW- Welcome Ashley. Please introduce yourself in the new member section. Some members will not see your post here.
  • I tried PMing you but, allegedly, you don't exist. (I think I may have been inserting an additional "i") I didn't want to hijack someone else's post. That being said, I'm more than a little curious about your comment that new docs always get your medical records even if you provide them with medical records yourself. If you see my thread under Pain Management called Put Off. Do I need to worry about these false and ficticious records following me around forever. What ever could a girl do? I'm doomed. Susan
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    sorry I haven't responded sooner. I am just dealing with some spinal problems that has been limited my computer time.
    I've going over all of your posts. I must admit I am somewhat confused as to the over problem you are having.
    But bottom line, you should read those records, you are entitled to do that. Then you can actually see what is in your medical records.
    If in fact there are untrue statements in the records, then you need to go one and one with this doctor who wrote the records.
    You do not want to have any invalid medical record on file

    Please tell me more about when you try to contact me online, you get an error message indicating I do not exist.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    at a doc. leaving his practice without giving referrals to another doc. especially a pain management doc. to leave a practice and not take care of his patients is just criminal!
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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