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Introducing Myself

Hello, my name is Katie. 
I'm from Oklahoma... I am a wife & mother to 3. 
I joined Spine-health in search of figuring out what has caused my horrible unexplained daily pain for months now. If anybody wants to know anything else, just ask. 
<3 :)  


  • SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 460
    Hi and welcome, Katie :)

    What kinds of pain are you feeling? 

    Sara :)
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    edited 06/02/2016 - 6:48 PM
    hello katiesnotkawaii !
    welcome to spine-health
    please click on link for helpful information!

    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 to your thread.

    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 

    • at what age?
    • was it a result of an accident or trauma
    • are there others in your family with similar medical
    • are there others in your family with similar medication
    • what doctors have you seen (orthopedic, neurosurgeon,
      spine specialist, etc)
    • which doctor did you start with? (primary care
      physician, orthopedic, ? 
    • what kind of doctor are you currently seeing> 
    • what kind of treatments have you had? conservative or
      aggressive ? 
      • physical therapy
      • spinal injections
      • ultrasound/tens unit
      • acupuncture
      • massage therapy

    what kind of diagnostic tests have
    you had and what were the results

    • mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc

    summarize the results, please do not
    post all details, we cannot analyze them. how many different tests have you had
    over the years?

    what medications are you currently
    using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)

    • name of medication
    • how long have you been using this?

    has surgery been discussed as an
    option? if so, what kind)

    • is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    • what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    providing answers to questions like
    this will the member community a better understanding of your situation and
    make it easier to respond to your discussion.

    please take a look at our forum
    rules:  forum rules

    i also strongly suggest that you
    take a look at our  faq (frequently asked questions) which can be found
    under your avatar or by going to
    faq   there
    you will find much information that will help you better utilize the
    spine-health system

    please remember that no one at
    spine-health is a formally trained medical professional.

    everything that is posted here is
    based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research. as such, no
    member is permitted to provide

    • analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie
      mri, ctscan, xray, etc)
    • medical advice of any kind
    • recommendations in terms of medications, treatments,
      exercises, etc

    what could be good for someone could
    spell disaster for another. you should also consult your doctor to better
    understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

    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.


    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • hello, katiesnotkawaii!

    welcome to spine-health

    please take some time to familiarize yourself with spine-health--i found the "forum tools" helpful when i first signed up, as well as the notices in the shaded boxes.  no one here can offer any type of medical diagnosis or advice, but what you might find are experiences similar to yours that can encourage discussions between you and your healthcare providers!  there are a lot of caring people "in these parts", and i hope you gain much from the company of the people on these forums.  welcome!!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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