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Lower Back and Leg Pain

hannahxlizettehhannahxlizette Posts: 1
edited 10/07/2014 - 1:51 AM in Lower Back Pain
I am looking for some information. My fiancee is a sufferer of chronic lower back/leg pain. He is 26 years old and is in constant pain. It specifically hurts for him to lay down in bed and stretch out and to walk/stand for long periods of time. When he was 16 years old, he was helping his father install a telephone pole and it fell on him and fractured his back. At that time, they just ordered an x-ray and deemed it was a fracture, gave him a back brace and prescribed him Neurontin. He didn't like how the Neurontin made him feel so he quit taking them. Throughout the years, his pain has only worsened. It is a struggle every day for him to do simple things like stand, bend, walk or even lay down to rest. His pain radiates throughout his lower back into his thighs and legs, sometimes as far as his feet. Certain muscles will twitch and cause severe pain.

Recently, he became eligible for Medicaid so we took him to a regular family physician. He was very rude and automatically assumed that he was just there for pain medication. He told us that he wasn't taking on new pain patients due to the having too many already and that he would just have to refer him to a pain clinic. I was appalled at how rude that was, my fiancee isn't there just to receive pain medication, he wants to know the CAUSE of the pain and if there is any kind of treatment available. We informed him of that and he ordered an X-ray, MRI and prescribed him a muscle relaxer and an anti-inflammatory. The medications to help dull the pain for a few hours but my fiancee doesn't want to take them at all. The X-ray and MRI came back NORMAL, which surprised me as I was almost positive he had a pinched nerve or a herniated disk. The doctor acted "smug" like my fiancee was just faking and just wanting a referral to the pain clinic. I asked about a referral to a SPECIALIST and he said that a specialist would not see him due to having the normal results! I then asked about further options and he mentioned physical therapy. He has tried physical therapy and it done more harm than good. He tries to do different exercises but it causes him so much pain that he can't bear it!

I'm just asking for opinions... is there any other kind of tests that can be run? Do you have any idea what the cause of his pain could be? Any advice is helpful!!!!!!! Thank you!


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745


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  • Did the MRI show that the previous fracture healed? Did you get a copy of the report? I would first find a different physician, you're going to need one for any medical issues that may arise. If the MRI has not been reviewed by a spine surgeon, I would recommend having another pair of eyes take a look at it, especially a spine specialist. If anything, the specialist can generate a treatment plan, refer him to pain management if needed, etc. It just sounds like you need to go elsewhere, and I would look at the report yourself. I've noticed that always keeping copies of all my medical records helps me to understand my condition and then I can ask the appropriate questions. There are good physicians out there, it just might take some time to find the right one.

    Why doesn't he want to take the medications? Especially if they help to dull the pain?

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  • I would suggest getting a second opinion from another doctor. Be extremely clear about the past experiences and ask them to re examine. I had the same kind of pain and no pain killers worked for me surgery was the only thing that fixed the leg pain and honestly it relieved it instantly! It's so frustrating but he knows his body and something is obviously wrong so for them to say it is normal means they missed something.
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