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signGuyssignGuy Posts: 6
edited 12/15/2015 - 5:28 AM in Lower Back Pain
i injured my back when i was 20 falling off a ladder. i was given pain meds and a couple shot and sent on my way and eventually felt what i thought was ok. 7 years later (almost a year ago) im driving a forklift and coming out of a semi trailer and the dock plate was not level, needless to say it jarred me up pretty good. felt like someone stuck a knife in my back (still there) i tried to walk it off hoping it was nothing. went home that morning and took a hot shower and tried to sleep. i couldnt get comfortable and my pain grew worse by the minute. luckily i lived right behind the hospital so the walk on needles wasnt to long. obviously they wanted me to file workers comp. i went through that up until 2 months ago when i finally had enough and cared more about my body and pain than that stupid stuff. im now relocated 2 hrs south of my home town and have a great medical team working on me. my only concern or question is why are there so long of gaps between my app? primary doctor only wants to see me once a month and now im supposed to hav esi but not i have to wait another week? a week to them may not seem like a long but as my pain grows worse its also more and more effecting my day to day. to boot nothing for pain. any idea why and any advice is appreciated.

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one of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - when did this first start? . year, your age, etc
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- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?
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providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 12/15/15 11:28est



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,270
    What kind of doctors are involved with your medical team you spoke of?
    Do you have pain management doctor?
    Which doctor will do your epidural?
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • I have primary, she put me on Gabapentin 600mg 5x a day, Tizanidine 4mg every 8hrs and Diclofenac 50mg 2x a day
    2 back specialist who are constantly moving me back and trying to talk me into shots. One of these 2 will do shot.
    Basically with the way my back looks they seem to be a bit baffeled at my age. But that doesnt help my pain. My primary doctor I believe is in the pain management? If not Im not sure how to get to that point....
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  • signGuyssignGuy Posts: 6
    edited 12/16/2015 - 4:02 PM
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,270
    edited 12/17/2015 - 7:05 AM
    For a pain management specialist, my primary referred me.
    That was after she tried working with the pain about two years.

    Pain management was best thing for me!

    I, too, had epidurals. Some worked, some did not.
    But I felt it was definitely worth a try.
    Besides the actual injection, Doctor can see with the fluoroscope used, can see and exam that area of my spine.

    Curious why you're seeing two "back" doctors? Same practice? And are you saying neither of them is involved with pain management?

    My present PM doctor is also a neurologist. That very helpful to me with some my complications.
    But all my experiences with pain management, one doctor was an anesthesiologist, all experiences very good.
    I was listened to, other tests were done, other issues were noted, and doctors had plans A, B,.....
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • signGuyssignGuy Posts: 6
    edited 12/27/2015 - 1:37 AM
    I am seeing two Doctors in the same practice. My epidural has been pushed back now due to the Doctor who does them. She is concerned with my nerve root, and if it is intact enough for the epidural. I know they are the ones who go to school and get paid the big bucks for all of this but I'm in so much pain 24/7 and do not know why nothing is being done to take some of it away. I have done my research on narcotics and really would prefer to stay away from them and not deal with getting addicted to them. I know there has to be something out there that has same effects without the addiction. At this point however I am not going to turn anything down. 8+ months of my pain constantly getting worse, not being able to play with my kids, very short temper etc. Just seems to be no end in sight. It took 7 months just to get a diagnoses.
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