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Uninsured. Can't afford a doctor or specialist. Chiropractor my only hope.

cherbar0220ccherbar0220 Springfield, Mo.Posts: 1
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. 
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello cherbar0220 !
    Welcome to Spine-Health
    Please click on link for helpful information!
    Sue
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello.....
    Have you seen a pain management spine specialist?
    My primary doctor tried to work with my pain two years then referred me to pain management.
    That was best thing for me!

    He did tests that I was unaware of at that time. He found many areas of concern for my spine and started proper treatments and medications. It was a little trial and try again to get proper dosage etc...

    I know it feels like it, but your pain does not define you..or your worth.
    Sometimes our pain can make us difficult to live with..so we know we cannot continue to live that way.

    I referred myself to psychiatrist for my depression and anxiety. I did some talk therapy. There are some therapists who specialize in chronic pain and depression.
    When I found that therapist, my mental and emotional health really improved quickly.
    I continue to chose to continue to see psychiatrist for medication management as I have never felt more able/stable in my life.

    There are mental health facilities that will work with patients on a sliding scale type payment..often times paying very little.

    Please keep us posted on how you're doing!

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

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  • irulegodirulegod IndiaPosts: 10
    edited 07/02/2016 - 6:29 AM
    I can understand and I want tell you that here in india the doctors are quite good and lot more cheaper then western countries, my surgery costed me 2000 USD and 800 USD other costs. After i had my surgery done, my uncle who was hesitating to get the minor surgery had his. It costed him merely 1000 USD and 800 after it. Single level discectomy he had. He now walks freely. He wasnt able to stand up for 15 yrs for long time. Rest I do not know if you have your MRI done. It will be helpful if you share it.

  • irulegod said:

    I can understand and I want tell you that here in india the doctors are quite good and lot more cheaper then western countries, my surgery costed me 2000 USD and 800 USD other costs. After i had my surgery done, my uncle who was hesitating to get the minor surgery had his. It costed him merely 1000 USD and 800 after it. Single level discectomy he had. He now walks freely. He wasnt able to stand up for 15 yrs for long time. Rest I do not know if you have your MRI done. It will be helpful if you share it.

    Depression is not the solution, fight till you can. 
  • smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 388
    For myself, I discovered aquacise as a wonderful way to exercise those spasming muscles without a lot of pain as being in the water relieves the pressure on the spine.  I could hardly walk, at my worst, prior to surgery.  But if I could get myself to the pool, then I knew I would have 45 minutes of very little pain, and an opportunity to do something good for my body.  That helps with the depression, too.  It may seem like a small thing, but don't knock it til you try it.  Also, physiotherapy that focuses more on osteopathic techniques is what has helped me greatly.  I don't have insurance, not working, so I hear you on the financial strain.  But of all the things that cost me $ with this struggle, osteopathic therapy is the last thing I will give up.
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  • My advice would be try to find something physical that you can do without too much pain. It's so important to keep moving.

    It doesn't matter what it is - aquacise, pilates, gentle physio, anything really, just that you're keeping active and fighting that urge to do nothing. I found that doing nothing came with it's own problems and I started to really deteriorate in every sense of the word: emotionally, mentally, physically...

    I am lucky in that I can still cycle. Because of my herniation, I can't walk far now or sit properly for long, but to my surprise I can ride a bike with only mild discomfort. Aside from the keeping fit angle and stopping my weight from ballooning, find it really helps me emotionally and psychologically. Must be endorphins or something.
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    Bike accident (April 2015)
    Various ineffective conservative treatments - acupuncture, soft tissue massage, dry needling, Gabepentin (2015)
    Facet joint injections (March 2016)
    Pregabelin (April 2016)
    Spinal Nerve Root Block injections (June 2016)
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