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Started by Grace Lynn Ragan on 02/18/2017 2:07am

So I have had back pain since I was 18 so going on 7 years. I never had insurance to be able to find the cause till the end of this past year. The MRI showed that I had degenerative disc disease, 3 bulging disc in the thoracic area and a annular tear in my L5-S1. The doctor I was seeing about this kind of made it out that it wasn't anything serious and is something that is not strange to be having at 24 years old. He only recommended I try physical therapy and continue taking the large amounts of Tylenol. Sometimes my pain keeps me from doing anything but lay in bed.

I haven't found a new doctor yet and I have actually have not been in as much pain for a month. So this afternoon my niece who is 6 was trying to do cartwheels and handstands. Well me not thinking I was showing her how since I use to be able to do it regularly without any issues. Now I can barely walk the pain is so bad, I tried using the tens unit and that just made it worse I started having this tingling sensation going down my leg and then this painful tingling going up my spine on the right side about to the middle of my shoulder blade the pain has also been going around to my hips and front pelvic area. I'm not sure what to do to help it or if I should go to the emergency room. The last time I went there for similar pain the doctor said oh you need a MRI but we can't do that for you, so we are just going to say you have a UTI and I'll give you some pain meds but something else is really going on. I could really use some advice for ways to help the pain or if it might be worth it to go to the ER.

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Hi, Grace Lynn Ragan--thanks for posting about your back pain experience! We are sorry to hear about what you're going through. How are you feeling today? Are you still experiencing tingling in your leg and spine? If so, we recommend reaching back out to your doctor, as neurological symptoms (like tingling, numbness, and weakness) may mean something more is going on.

Your doctor's original recommendations of physical therapy and medications are standard first-line therapies for back pain, and they help many people find relief. But, if those therapies don't help you manage your pain--or if new pain arises (such as the tingling you described)--you should visit your doctor again. He may refer you to a spine specialist who may help get to the root of what's going on.

If you haven't already checked it out, our Back Pain Center ( Back Pain Center: Upper, Mid Back, Low and Lower Back ) contains a wealth of information on back pain and treatments proven to help reduce it. We hope you find the information helpful. Perhaps it can help drive some conversations with your doctor.

We wish you the very best of luck!