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The Doctor Hasn't Found The Reason For My Pain - HELP PLEASE

Hi everyone my name is Brandy and I am 23 years old. I had a bad car accident at 16 and ever since the pain in my neck, back, hip, legs, and even down my arms is getting unbearable. I don't have health insurance because I can't afford it but I received financial assistance through a big hospital to help. When I was 18 a great orthopedic surgeon found that I had a herniated disc on my l5 but because I was so young he didn't want to do anything. Recently the doctor I have seen has done xrays, mri's, and an emg/nerve conduction test in my legs and lower back. He hasn't found anything and I know something is seriously wrong. I know my body and I know how bad my pain is every single day. He has practically given up, claiming there isn't enough proof to go any further. Honestly, I'm positive he isn't seeing the issue and I don't know what else to do. I am way too young and would love to finish my degree in Psychology and be somewhat normal again. My toes and fingers even go numb.. I feel like if he were a good doctor he wouldn't stop until he found what's causing me so much pain. Has anyone experienced this? Wh a t should I do?


  •  I hope you can find a way to see another specialist for a second opinion. MRI's can be interpreted differently among doctors, but symptoms must correlate with the findings. I do know that people can have problems show up on imaging but they have no pain. Is there a county clinic or one that has a sliding fee scale in your area? Try self help remedies at home like ice, heat, hot showers/bath, and topical pain cremes for now. I hope things work out for you soon. 
    Ol' Spiney..Micro-D L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central HNP L4-S1,stenosis, retrolisthesis, EF, facet arthropathy, lumbar& cervical DDD. FBSS- Medtronic pain pump & SCS
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    Dont rush to blame the doctor for what they have not seen yet.    Sometimes there are diagnostic test results that are reviewed and analyzed differently.  One doctor sees something, the other does not.   That does not make a doctor bad.

    What is not correct, is knowing that your doctor understands you are in pain and is not looking into further examinations , tests to isolate the problem.

    Now, there are many times when an excellent doctor reviews all the data available to them including one of the most important , clinical examinations and can NOT FIND ANY PROBLEM.   They even pass the information to another doctor for a second set of eyes and still no problem that would explain the amount of pain you say you are in.

    They could be 100% correct and you do not have a problem that would indicate the pain you are in.   They other approaches need to be taken (ie blood work to check for Rheumatoid arthritis for one)

    What doesnt make sense is when the doctor saw a disc problem back when you were 18 that needed surgery but did not offer surgery because of your age.   That answer should never been accepted unless there is more data to back that up.   Spinal problems do not discriminate because of age, nor goes any surgery.

    For starters, I would go see another opinion.  Make sure you have all your records and test results.

    But please keep in mind that they may not be any physical problem found.   I know of a number of cases similar in nature to yours, and the bottom line turned out to be an emotional situation on how the person perceived and dealt with pain.
    Once that was understood, the severity of the problem disappeared.   

    Not saying this is your situation, but you always need to keep an open mind.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • What exactly happened to you in the car accident in terms of your injuries, treatment at the time and directly afterwards, and how did your recovery from each injury go?
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    Issues in fingers should not be fully related to any herniation in the low back according to dermatone charts. 

    One thing thst that happens in a car wreck is whiplash which is highly mistreated and mis diagnsosed.  

    Issues in both toes and fingers may call for a neurologist if available.

    A doctor not finding the issue doesn't mean anything other than they didn't find source .  It does not change the fact you are in pain, and all pain has a root cause.  It may not be what you think it is but it always has a root cause.

    The only two questions you need to look at to verify you need to keep looking are:

    1.  Did you have any of the issues prior to the accident?
    2.  Do you trust what you feel as something that isn't right with your body?

    Now the problem will become your reasources for diagnsosis.  That is a problem that can impact it all and I unfortunately don't have any advice on what to do there.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
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