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Intense pain

I have had intense pain on my low back/hip for 5 weeks now. Sometimes sharp other times throbbing. Lots of pressure depending on my position. Limits me daily, trouble sleeping. Finally went to my dr, she said sciatic. I'm not convinced. I've had sciatic before and this is different. No pain down rear or leg. She wouldn't order any scans and said to see a chiropractor. I'm not comfortable with that. My mind is telling me maybe a disc issue... But she won't refer me to my orthopedic. Any thoughts?


  • Have you already had any diagnostic tests? Did your doctor offer any help & advise other than seeing a chiropractor? I can understand your concerns, I have serious disc issues & I've been told by many specialists to never allow a chiropractor to treat me, adjustments can cause a lot of damage. I hope you don't mind me asking, how was your sciatic trouble diagnosed & treated in the past?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I knew I had sciatic las time because I had the pain down my butt and leg. A few muscle relaxers and rest and it was gone in about 10 days. This is over 5 weeks and feels a lot different. No scans or anything have been done.
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,748


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I think this has been going on too long. I'd see a specialist & get some diagnostic tests done. Does your insurance require a referral? If it does I think you need to go back to your doctor & make it clear that you're not comfortable allowing a chiropractor work on you until spine damage has been ruled out. I'm sorry, I don't know the system well enough to know what you can do if your doctor refuses to refer you. I hope someone else can help.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • TarenTTaren Posts: 524
    edited 04/20/2014 - 8:44 AM
    Maybe it's time for a 2nd opinion. I definitely wouldn't let a chiropractor do any kind of adjustments until a disc problem has been ruled out & then I wouldn't let one touch me. 5 weeks is a long time to have the same problem and not have it investigated.
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  • get 2nd opinion, it is always good to ask another doctor when you feel there is something wrong. You'd have more peace of mind if you do this

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