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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
Wow, I just found this site and don't know whether to be encouraged or discouraged by so many other sharing my dilemna. I've had lower back pain before, but this time it's different. It's been going on for three weeks now constantly. Lower back pain with pain shooting down my hips all the way to my feet. Usually it feels as if my legs are being crushed with occassional lightening shooting down my legs. When it started (I just turned wrong when loading the dishwasher) it was so severe and on a weekend, that I went to an urgent care place. They gave me a few oxycodones, some muscle relaxants, and told me to keep moving. (not an easy thing to do with oxycodone) That handled the pain, but when the drugs wore off, the pain was back in full force. I went to my regular physician on a Tuesday. He didn't seem to take me too seriously, though because I was crying he gave me some vicodin and more muscle relaxers and a medrol dosepack thing, and told me he'd call to check on me in a couple of days. I've also had fits of tearfulness that often seem out of proportion to the pain.
Add to this that we are preparing to move 4.5 hours away, requiring long car rides and stress.
My doctor did not call to check on me. In fact, he won't return my emails or my calls. I suppose he thinks I'm a drug seeker. I had hopes that the prednisone was helping after three days, but today I'm back to square one.
Should I find a new doctor here or wait until I'm in my new community? If I go back to urgent care, they will probably just think I'm looking for drugs. What am I looking for.
I'm concerned that my legs are so tingly and that my bowel and bladder habits have been affected. There isn't lack of control, but I'd say urgency and irregularity. Is that loss of control? (sorry to be vulgar)
So here I am. I'm ready to be better and to stop hurting. I'm ready to sleep and not feel like a nuisance to my doctor.
Any suggestions?


  • Have you had a mri?
  • You cannot be a nuisance. That is what your doctor gets paid for. I felt that way for months... and let my doctor ignore me, and insult me every time I felt I needed meds. Finally I demanded an MRI, and proved to him that something really wrong. He still treats me like an inconvenience, and this whole situation has been exhausting, humiliating, frustrating, and down right depressing. Please don't give up. Demand better treatment. If you have to go to urgent care, explain to them that you will be moving, and wish to find a new doctor in your new community. I know what its like to be in tears, and not just from pain.

    Keep your head up, and keep fighting for yourself!!!

    P.S. When you get to where your going, ask to get a referral to someone who specializes in back pain or pain management, they are much more understanding.
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  • Thank you so much for your understanding. I'll take your advice and get a referal to a spine specialist as soon as we get moved. Possibly before. I guess I'll get an mri. I was just hoping (duh) that this would go away.
    What do yhou take for pain?

  • I haven't had an mri. this just started about three weeks ago. what would they be looking for specifically?
    what do you do for pain?
  • It sounds like what happened to me. I had a herniated disk l5/s1 that pinched my sciatic nerve. DO NOT WAIT! GET AN MRI NOW! I waited too long and had pain for way too long which can cause further nerve damage. I wish I had surgery sooner than i did. But I waited and waited hoping it would get better and it never did. Most herniations do heal on their own so doctors prob. wouldn't operate before 8 weeks of conservative treatment if that is what your problem is. I waited months and months and months. Don't suffer the way I did. Make an apopintment with an orthopedic doctor that specializes in backs. He'll order an MRI and you'll know what you're dealing with. He'll suggest PT possibly to see if that helps. This is just a guess of course because it sounds so simliar to me. Good luck!!!! It WILL get better. Hugs! :)
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  • Thank you so much! It's becoming unavoidably clear that I need to do something more definitive. I checked to see if there were any recommmended orthopods in SC where I'm moving and there was one on the wrong side of the state. I'm going to check into this tonight and see whom I can find. How long was your recovery?
  • Hi Phase, so sorry to hear of your pain. I am 8 weeks post op now and can all too readily remember that AWFUL pain.

    My dr said ANY change in bowels/urination requires attention. You DO NOT need to wait till incontinence (its really late by then). Looking back, i realise now i was urinating a lot more often (the oxycodone causes constipation....so really any increase in bowel motion is true when you think the drugs are trying to block you up.

    Listen to your body. I couldnt get in to see a surgeon for 7 weeks, but in the last few weeks i could tell it was all getting worse.

    Get help before you move.....even if you are on holiday...then take your reports to each new dr.

    All the very best

    LEt us know how you go.

    You are not alone :)
  • Over the last 10 months of horrible pain I have done far more research than I probably should have and I think that any change of bowel or bladder habits is a red flag signal and needs to be looked at RIGHT NOW. Don't wait as you may have permanent damage.
    Make a lot of noise and don't take no for an answer! I wish I'd kicked up more of a fuss and saved myself a lot of time and pain.

    Let us know how you get on.

  • It's 3 am where I am and I am up writing. I was diagnosed with sciatica 3 months ago. Have pain from lower back to legs with electrical charges down my leg it's one sided). My doc says it just TAKES TIME. HA. I bugged him and demanded a MRI which will happen next week thank god. I haven't been on My second floor for weeks because it hurts so much to put pressure on My bad side. I can't sit, stand or lie down so I pace. Know how ú feel. How long is "takes time" I am out of patience maybe you too. Hope to hear that everything is ok with you.ps my doc says any elimination changes can be significant. Feel better.
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