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PT says I can choose pain?

Started by Amy Aikens Helms on 11/03/2016 6:39am

I'm very new to all of this! Started with back pain about 2 years ago and finally went to my primary physician in May. He did X-rays which he wasn't optimistic about them showing anything but I guess it's routine to start there. He also gave me 5mg Hydro that did help and said let's do PT a few weeks before an MRI. Didn't help but this particular group was great and sympathetic. 2 MRI's over the summer.....herniated disk L5 S1 and bursitis in my right hip, mild arthritis in left hip. Referred to a spine Dr. He was ok, staff unbearably rude. He did a spinal injection in August...didn't touch any pain. Hip injection for the bursitis just laying on the table in his office. To have a very high tolerance of pain....I thought I was going to die. Couldn't hardly walk for 2 days. Needless to say....I'm DONE there. My insurance is great so a friend told me about a pain Mgmt Dr that was great. He is! He prescribed Oxy 7.25 which really helps and is doing an X-ray guided injection next week and referred me to a new PT place. 1st appt yesterday - I came out basically feeling like a pill popping addic that needs to stretch and I need to retrain my brain to not feel pain! Wth? Is this normal? He said as Americans we just want to pop pills and do injections! He even said there was no way I could have a herniated disk? I'm still in disbelief! Has anyone had an issue like this? I don't like depending on a pain med to get through but I have no choice at the moment!

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I'm going through some tough times too with doctors and pain specialist. My surgeon told me PT wasn't going to help me but I told him I just wanted to strengthen my neck muscles before surgery. He was fine with that. He then sent me to a pain specialist... I have had 2 others that left the area. The new doctor was rude and calling me a druggie and that I couldn't be in that much pain. I have a very high tolerance for pain. I've played sports with broken bones, sprained and strained ankles and wrists, torn ACL, PCL, Meniscus, dislocated shoulder and fingers. Not the smartest thing I did but I was very competitive and didn't want to lose. Also my coaches and parents always said just keep going. Now I'm 40yrs old and hurt like hell. I'm also a nurse and I listen to my patients very well when they say they are in pain because I can relate to them. Everyone has a different pain tolerance. Some people with certain conditions and diseases are in more pain than someone without them. I hope you find relief.

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I know how u r feeling I heave pain that puts me down, tears in the eyes, I believe it is hard to find a Dr to listen sometimes, I'm at mayo clinic, came here hoping for treatment for arachnoiditis, but instead he told me that does not coz pain and my symptoms, and he said it cures it self, I said Ur the only one who would say that,

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Just stay strong and don't give up keep going to different places, till u get the answer ms u need

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I know this is a late response, but I have been dealing with chronic pain for 3 years now, I feel like you do, that I don't like depending on pain meds. In fact, at first I was reluctant to take them when I really needed to. I went to a dr appt one day and the nurse took my heart rate and looked like she was really scared. It was the highest she had ever seen. After an EKG and examination the dr asked had I taken my pain meds, I hadn't yet that day. Not keeping my pain properly controlled was increasing my heart rate. Which over a period of time is dangerous. So that PT is telling you to put your health at risk, because they personal have a problem with the treatments you have chosen. That is not their place to say or dictate. And they probably have not felt pain everyday like we have. Definitely search for someone who is willing to help you to do PT in conjunction with your other treatments.

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Yes, having that exact issue. Given pills, no real treatment, and had to have several appointments before I could get a referral to a specialist. 10 years ago, I was diagnosed as having a C7 compression fracture after car crash. They completely missed the C2 compression fracture, and the T2 superior end plate fracture. A year ago, in a workplace accident, a 7kg box fell from a shelf and hit my C7, hairline fracture. Between these times to went to doctors complaint of neck and back pain, and migraines. It's only just been found that I have a compressed disc at C2/3, and, as the T2 fracture has been degenerating, the disc is partially wedged, and has a fissure. The T1 is beginning to rub on the T2. Bone scan show my C3,4,5 light up, bone swelling and blood tests show very high levels of inflammation.
Dr says, I can see things that may cause a bit of pain, but nothing that should cause acute pain. Then Valium script, and out the door. No offer of anything further whatsoever. In tears to my physio, who gave me some names of specialists.
I woke up at 4am, crying, tried to take my tablets, but ended up vomiting from the pain. Woke up on the bathroom floor after 8. Couldn't call an ambulance because the doctor has made me feel like I'm being dramatic, or shopping for meds.
Looking into surgical options with the specialist, and also looking into negligence suit regarding the doctor 10yrs ago. Because I've only known the extent of the damage for a few months, it hasn't passed the limitation. The specialist believes if the T2 damage had been picked up, they would have done a bone cement injection, and I wouldn't be in steadily increasing, debilitating agony.

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