I'm new to the site but not new to back pain. When I was around 10 years old (I'm 53 now) I went off a jump on a sled and landed in a sitting position. Initially my legs felt numb but my brother went and got my dad and by the time he got their the feeling had returned. That was the beginning of my back pain and it has never completely stopped. I never saw a doctor or had a diagnosis until I was 19 and was in a car accident. The chiropractor did xrays and told me I had a spondy. Growing up I beat my back up, snowmobile and motorcycle crashes. When I was 19 they told me at some point I would need a fusion. I've had every other type of treatment. Physical therapy, started getting shots in 1996, multiple types of nerve blocks, traction and I've been treated by chiropractors and osteopathic doctors.
I have finally reached the point where the only thing that helps is narcotic pain meds laying down. There are times when if that doesn't help anymore. Especially after my knee replacement. My knee didn't hurt but from them wrenching on my leg during surgery my back was really screwed up.
I finally saw a surgeon that was willing to do a fusion but my medical insurance changed so I had to find a new one. I had an appointment with a PA who went over everything and said I needed a l4-l5 and l5-s1 fusion done. She sent me to get a new MRI. In the mean time she and the surgeon left the practice so I had to see someone new again.
He walked into the room and the first thing he said is "I don't understand why you are in so much pain". I have DDD and a spondy and all of the pain and other symptoms that go along with it. I burst out in tears. Two other surgeons completely understood what the problem was but this guy talked to me like I was an idiot and the pain was all in my head.
I've dealt with the pain for 43 years. I've always worked no matter how bad the pain was up until 6 months ago when I finally reached the point where I couldn't anymore. I can't stand up straight, I can only sit for 15 minutes before the pain is terrible, and can't walk more than 1/2 a block.
The surgeon didn't offer any suggestions for helping me, other than loosing weight (which I know I need to) but it's tough when you can hardly move. I see a new surgeon next week so hopefully he is more helpful.
Has anyone else run into a doctor like that? The physical pain is bad enough but it is also wearing on me mentally. I need to get back to work. My husband has congested heart failure so he can't work. I applied for SSDI but who knows how long that will take to get approved or if it will be approved. I know it will be a long recovery from the surgery so it will be quite a while before I would be able to return to work.
Just feeling hopeless.