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Posted in: Back pain.

I'm lost need help

Started by 592761670@facebook on 07/25/2012 7:49pm

About a year ago I started hurting real bad in my left side the pain was horrible enough that my husband took me to the ER where they did a contrast CT which was negative and told me I needed a bone doctor or GI. I first started off with GI and he found issues with Acid Reflux and GERD but not my pain in my side so I was sent to have an EMG and the results stated that I had mild left T7-T8 radiculopathy, and then sent to an Ortho doctor who took X-rays and put me on anti-inflammatory drugs and some other medication for nerve damage which did nothing, I don't take medicine but I took it just like they said and had no results, the ortho doctor called me a few days later after reviewing the EMG and said that there really wasn't nothing else he could do and I never heard from him again. My pain has moved after a year it starts in my left shoulder and goes all the way down my left side making it hard to bend over or turn a certain way. It has moved down to the lower part of my left side and feels like a pulled muscle so I lay on a heating pad for some relief. I did explain to this Dr that when I was 11 yrs old I was diagnosed with Lumbar Scoliosis and asked him did he think this played a part in the other he didn't seem to be concerned with anything I said so I never went back but its got to the point that I need help with this pain. I mean brushing my hair with my left arm causes a lot of pain, I just need help in which way I need to go what doctor do I go to for this any help with be greatly appreciated.

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sue you need to find a good ortho surgeon they wont promise the world to you but if you can find a good one they will help you. my surgeon works only on the spine. i had lower lumbar fused together L1 L2 L3 L4 the put rods and screws in me. I was only to be in hospital 3 days and go home It was a week for i got out and taken to therpy for a month when i left theropy i was vicoden free i have some muscle pain but walking stops the hurt. we have a whirlpool so i do that everyday a good surgeon will have a waiting list inless you are in serious shape. mine had me do a new mri to see how much more was wrong . you will getpre aproved for your insurance. good luck. it will prob take a good year for you to heal. I feel great now i had a broken back for 40 years they also repaired that also. i live in michigan we have some good orthos here.

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Thanks so much I am looking for one I really hope that I can find one in my area real soon, cause this pain is getting old.

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i’m sorry you are hurting and do not know why. It is so frightening. After reading your story, I thought I would reach out. I have had progressive scoliosis for the past 20 years. There have been an array of symptoms from numbness in my foot to my fingers, pain in my ribs etc. I would suggest seeing a really good adult spine specialist and possibly a pain management doctor. I have been through many doctors some who knew less than i did, misdiagnosed the problem until i got very proactive and educated by reading and asking many questions. I also searched out the great physicians i ended up with, but trust me they were not where i started. Some docs were no help really at all.
I’m in SF so if you need any referrals here, i’m happy to share.
You can/will find someone who takes their time with you, is knowledgeable and refers out when appropriate. Wishing you the best.

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Thanks, I did get my appointment to go see a Ortho Surgeon maybe he will listen to me, he has a great background cause I made sure I checked him out first, it seems like a great place so wish me luck cause I'm going to need it. I really hope he does and MRI because I do think there is more then what the other doctors have told me but who knows, guess we will find out Friday.

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