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Hey guys! I'm a newbie :)

So I'm new here and just wanted to introduce myself and see what's going on. I'm sitting here with 2 heating pads going and am ready to run to the ER because I can't stand the pain much longer. I made a post today with some MRI findings and can't wait to hear back from other members. I was told by a pain care specialists that I have DDD, and arthritis. That doc recommended I have surgery 3 yrs ago but I lost my insurance before I could get help. My MRI says:
Left L3-L4 & right L5-S1 disk protrusion w/ potentially left L4 & right S1 radiculopathy resulting....blah blah blah. I have no idea what I am going to do. I just fired my pc because she told me I should be healed up by now, and won't order ANY tests. All I have is an MRI from 3 years ago.... I'm in agony, and you guys sound like you might be able to (if anything) provide me with some advise and moral support. So feel free to say hi back :)


  • Welcome, though we all wish you weren't needing to be "here". This site was my literal lifeline for ages....I lurked, read all I could, made notes till my arm ached! I learned so much...and found a whole new spiney family!
    Surf the site.....search for people with similar back issues...and you will learn and have support while taking this wld rollercoaster ride!
    Couple things that really helped me.....cognitive behaviour therapy...learning ways to cope with the physical helll....(distractions.....write letter to someone, make a call, come here...or, to escape...take yourself on a guided imaginary trip somewhere...I also like the " start at 100, subtract by increments of 7 until you feel better. It somehow takes all the left and right brain to do this...and helps the pain.
    I also keep a journal, as detailed as possible. Helps me find connections to what does and doesn't work for me daily.
    It took me too long to find this site...and although the sleepless nights are hell sometimes...atleast I found this site during one of them.
    Be patient with yourself...this is a process....everyone has a different path to walk, or crawl...lol. Oh yeah, my sense of humour is something that has kept me chugging along. I have named my back...( Bertha the bit@h), and I make up gawdawful rap songs to her. ( I am a blond white gal...so my rap is....unique!). Makes me laugh..that is my long winded point here. Laugh...or cry. Well, sometimes I do allow a "pity party".....it is always of short duration...but I get all those emotions out of me...and that helps my frustration levels.
    And coming here....to meet others and learn....and have support.
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