The new registered member for Spine-Health is growing and growing. The moderator team and myself try on a daily basis to make this site rewarding for each member.
We try to get in and provide a Welcome to Spine-Health post for all new members. I am sorry, but I know that we do not get to everyone! So, please do not feel slighted if you see other members with a Welcome post and you dont have one.
In addition to the Patient Forums, this site contains a wealth of knowledge that covers almost every possible aspect in dealing with Spines.
Here are three areas that are always hign in the number of different posts1
Asking to have your MRI analyzed by other Spine-Health members.
There are no members on this site that are completely trained in reading and interpreting MRIs. We really ask that you do not
post to have some one intrepret your MRI. This is something that you need to discuss with your doctor. I also srongly suggest that you get a second opinion regarding your MRI report. And IF two readings are far part, then I would get a third opinion.
So much is based on the MRI findings (Surgery, Treatments, Medication, etc)2
Posting high pain levels.
I would highly recommend going to the Emergency Room IF your pain level is 9 and above
You can not take care of a situation when you pain levels are that high.
We understand that Pain levels are very subjective.
There really isn't any measurement device that can be used to record your pain level. What one person's pain level of 5 could be another person's 9. Almost all medical organizations clearly post the meanings of the different pain levels.
Here is one of the more common charts used:3
At Wits end your life is miserable.
We see this so often. Anytime I read a post from a member that is saying words to this effect, we all try to quickly jump and make a post. Pain is not easy and it can really rip your emotions and physical energy.
Here are some basic definitions regarding dealing with your pain.ACUTE
An example of this is having you finger being smashed by a hammer. But then after of time the pain should diminishCHRONIC
Pain that lingers, does not go away, on going.
Dealing with Chronic pain can be very difficult. It can strip away at so many things that you have always enjoyed.
It is very important to know how to emotionally manage chronic pain