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Constant pain

Hi Everyone! Happy to see the old members and hello to the new ones. I finally convinced my neurologist to do an mri on my lumbar spine. My last one was done three years ago and i've been having severe leg and hip pain with some numbness in my thighs. There was changes since the last one which i wasn't surprised. I have osteophytes at every level from L3 to S1 and small tears in every disc from L3 to S1. My left leg also twists inward. My neuro sent a report to my doctor saying that he felt that the twisting of my leg could be the cause of the the problems in my low back. Is there nothing that can be done for the tears? I was at my osteopath just before christmas and he ended up having to call an ambulance for me because the pain in my back was so severe. As soon as they got there they started at drip with some morphine. When the doctor at the hospital came in the see me he had my list of medication of which is long but he said why don't they have you on any pain medication for my low back?? he was dicussed with the lack of help that i had prior to being there from my doctors.

My neurologist said that when she examined me there was no neuropathic symptoms but when i was examined in the summer by my physio and family doctor there was. My sister in law is a surgical nurse and said that nurological symptoms can come and go so that shouldn't be the only thing that is looked at and the only reason for sending someone to see a surgeon. Unfortunately in Canada you have to have a neurologist or family doctor refer you to the surgeon.


  • Hi Tammy

    I was on here back in 2010 (don't remember my ID or anything so I started a new one). I remember you from back then.

    It sounds like you're having as frustrating an experience as I am right now to have someone listen and actually DO something to help. I can't imagine the pain you're going through with all those tears. Mine is limited to L5-S1 and I'm going into orbit with pain. I'm sorry you are experiencing this.

    I wish there was something I could say to help. I lived in Canada for nine years, and I remember the long waits to get my MRI and then to see a specialist who did nothing. I loved Canada and plan to move back again someday, but the health system is frustrating at times for sure.

    I hope you get some actual relief soon. You have your answers, now you need someone to intervene. Too bad the ER doc couldn't give you a referral.

    Keep us posted how you're doing. I'll be following your story here.
    (see profile for medical details)

    I *heart* my TENS unit.
  • thank you for the comment. It is very frustrating trying to get anyone to listen to me. Its a big circle of who wants to do anything. I have a sister in law that lives in the states and she's offered to talk to a neurosurgeon about my problems if i get my stuff together and email it to her. I just changed family docs. so i'm waiting for my new one to get finished copying my file so i can get it back and use it to send to her.maybe i can get somewhere if i threaten my docs here to go to the states. i know that my family doc wasn't thrilled when the doc at the hospital perscribed me narcotics,but he's not the one with all the pain either. 11yrs of pain and hardly no narcotics i think thats a plus.
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  • Definitely! I won't take narcotics either, I'm too scared of addiction. I developed a dependency on tramadol, so I don't want to risk it with anything stronger.

    If I have surgery, then I will accept narcotics for post-surgical pain, for as short a time as possible. But other than that, I keep away from them.

    I really hope you have some success finding help. Keep us updated.
    (see profile for medical details)

    I *heart* my TENS unit.
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