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Uninsured. Can't afford a doctor or specialist. Chiropractor my only hope.
First the facts: 53 yr.old female, constant lower back pain/sciatica symptoms with pain levels ranging from 4(good day) to 10(bad day). Currently going to a chiropractor (once per week) for various treatments including decompression, electro magnetic treatment, adjustments, etc. I've had periodic injections (caudal canal) of homeopathic drugs, but nothing really helped much or lasted long. My chiropractor says that my Psoas muscles are not firing because my back muscles are doing the work that the Psoas muscles are supposed to do. I try to stretch and exercise these muscles, but I have a hard time doing them consistently because I'm in pain when I do them. I can hardly sleep so I'm tired and sleepy in the day. I am depressed and even though I try not to, I'm a real jerk around family members because I'm in pain and I feel that this won't get better and this is all I have to look forward to. The bottom line is I must be able to work, but I've had to cut my hours severely. This cannot go on because I don't want to be a financial burden to my family or anyone else. No doctor, physical therapist, orthopedic doctor will even talk to me without committing to an office appointment and tests that I can barely afford. What's the use in paying to find out what I have and not being able to afford treatment to help or cure my back pain. This pain defines who I am now. I was never like this before. I was athletic, loved playing sports and liked to walk/bike ride for exercise consistently. I've gone 180 degrees in the opposite direction. I feel ashamed and hopeless.