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New member, old pain.. please help

CJohnsonCCJohnson Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Lower Back Pain
My name is Chad and I have had back pin for 4 years now. I injured myself at work almost 5 months ago and have many tests run. I am currently trying to apply for disability, but before i get into my MRI results I am also the only know person to ever conract RMSF twice. My back has hurt since the second time I was diagnosed with this disease.I was told the osteoarthritis in my spinal area could be as a result of the disease. I have multiple benign hemagioma around an on the L-5. There is mild disc desiccation diffusely. L4-5 demonstrates a slight posterior disc bulge with facet hypertrophy.L5-S1 demonstrates a normal disc margin with facet hypertrophy. Impression: mild lumbar spondylosis, with no spinal stenosis or nere impingement. I am 33 years old and my pain level everyday is almost that of when I get kidney stones, around an 6-8 ( usually by the evening it is worse. I wake up not to pain every morning but because of pain. I have been on percocet 10, morphine sulphate 30mg and fyntenol patches.
The reson I am writing is I have been turned down for disability twice and now have a lawyer, I am curios how much trouble i am going to have later in life and how hard is disability to get in North Carolina?Please any advise or help is welcome and much appriciated.


  • srry about the spelling, I am hurting and trying to hurry and finish.
  • Hi Chad,

    Welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many going through what you are whom have gone through it. Although I doubt many had RMSF twice.

    As far as your lumbar area, what treatments have you tried so far? Had any surgeries? What kind of doctor is treating you for your spine issue? You said you had been in pain for 4 years but was injured at work 5 months ago, which confuses me a bit. Did you have prior treatment on your back or just deal with pain? As far as the disability issue what does the attorney believe your odds are? Disability at your age is going to be a challenge, without a doubt. As far as the hemagioma i have them as well but in the thoracic region. Typically they will leave them alone unless they are causing issues.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. If there is anything I can do for you don't hesitate to pm me. Take care.
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  • Thank you Tamtam. I am under the care of an Ortho specialist/surgeon. I am currently undergoing physcial therapy, and have had no surgeries. The pain was getting worse over the last four years, and had me down to a very limited work schedule. My injury at work has irratated it and made it hurt even worse. I get kidney stones once every 3-4 years and rate the pain along with it. My doctor told me that I had an unusual high threshold for tolerating pain(guess thats a good thing). My lawyer has not given me a percentage. He took the case and told me he believes we have a good strong case to present to the judical hearing. As far as the hemagioma, it is pressing on my spine and causing pressure and some nerve issues with my left leg. I am trying to be patient( no pun intended), but I have never felt so useless and feel for anyone that ever has to go through this. I just hope all the stars align and things get a little better. I go back to my doctor/surgeon on 7/1 so i hope we can come up with something. Thanks again for making me feel like I am not alone. Sometimes it means more than all the pain meds in the world.
  • Welcome to Spine-health. I'm sorry to hear of your problems. Based on what you are saying I wonder if a neurologist would be a better doctor to see. Definately not a surgeon but a neurologist. Sounds like your problems could be more nerve based and there are other meds that should be tried.

    Trust your lawyer but don't sit back and expect him to do everything. Stay on top of what is going on. Keep a diary with every contact, dates, filings.

    Good Luck and keep posting.
  • I went back to see my Ortho specialist, it was very disappointing. He said he couldn't see any reason I was in pain. He said that a disc bulge, facet hypertrophy and the mild spodylosis should not cause ANY pain in my back. He even told me the arthritis that I was previously diagnosed with, should not affect me at all. Again he is the insurace company's doctor. I phoned another ortho specialist in a nearby city, when I told him what the radioligist and first dr. had diagnosed me with he said that my back problem could cause alot of pain. He told me most imprtantly the disc bulge did not have to contact the spinal cord but could press on nerve roots around the area. I dont know what to do. The doctor i am seeing wants to send me to a pain clinic and let his business partner give me a second opinion.He told me he dosent doubt my pain but he just dosent see what is causing it. Has anyone else been through this.
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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry to read you are having chronic pain and work problems as well. it can take quite awhile to get your disability and a lawyer is often the best way to go.. many of us are turned down the first time and even the second until we retain a lawyer and really get the ball rolling.. good luck with that and i hope that issue is resolved soon.. i do hope you are feeling better soon. a second opinion is always a good idea!! you need more than one opinion!! please don't let them talk you out of your pain.. you know it is real and results can be read different ways.. that is why another opinion can prove valuable. all the best! Jenny :)
  • Just went for a second opinion. Workmans Comp. picked my current Ortho Surgeons partner as the second opinion. He atleast told me he could see where the pain was coming from. He thinks its mainly the facet area, and thinks that facet injections will help. At this point I am willing to try anything. He also told me that a posterior disc bulge would not prove painful until it ruptures. Mentally I am worn down, I have the support of some great people,but the pain is getting worse. I am constantly crying or depressed from the pain. My everyday pain is a 6-7, and often an 8 by the time I try to sleep. I know alot of you have been through this or worse, please if you have any advise please let me know. Currently I am taking hydrocodone for everyday pain and percocet 10's when it gets really bad. The pain meds arent working as good. I cant wait to get the call to go for the spinal injections, it cant come soon enough. Thanks for hearing me vent... its just nice to know that I am not alone in this. Thanks again everyone
  • I don't have any advice for you, but I also had facet problems, a disc bulge, stenosis and sponylolisthesis at L4/5. I tried the FJIs and they didn't work at all for the facet and stenosis pain, but the ESI worked well for my bulging disc pain.

    I mostly just wanted to let you know that I understand the pain and am wishing you luck with the injections. I know that facet problems are no fun and can really be painful - hang in there and let us know how the injections go.


    PS I'm also glad you finally found someone who understands that there really is a problem and what it is.
  • Thank you Cath111. I really cant thank you and everyone else who have been so kind on these forums. Its nice to know I am not alone and its even better to hear a kind word or two from people that are honest and sincere. Most people on the internet are too quick to judge or to criticize people they dont know or will never meet. Sometimes a kind word can make all the difference in someones day. So thank you from the bottom of my heart, its nice to know that nice people use the internet too.
  • I have the same pain ironically.

    Thanks Cath111 helped alot.
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