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advice from fellow sufferers

Started by Kellie Peterson on 03/03/2017 2:30pm

I have dealt with back pain for more than half my life. Was diagnosed with a herniated disc at the age of 14 and had surgery at the age of 15 that removed only part of the disc. Ever since I have had on going issues. As a result of the first surgery I was then diagnosed with arachnoiditis, have since developed degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis. I hate taking pain pills, but get to the point sometimes when I have no choice. My biggest problem comes in when I tell doctors about the arachnoiditis and they look at me like I'm crazy. I use to have the proof, however the MRI's that I had that showed it were lost in a house fire in 2004, and all my medical records from the 90's have since been destroyed. How do you continue to try to deal with doctors with an issue when they treat you like your a nut case?

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Hi, Kellie--thanks for sharing your experience with us. We are so sorry to hear about what you've been through over the years.

When a doctor doesn't take your pain seriously, our advice is to seek a second opinion or find a new doctor entirely. You need and deserve a good, trusting relationship with your medical team. We have an article about seeking second opinions that we hope you'll find helpful ( Second Opinion on Spine Surgery: Rude or Smart? ).

Don't give up on finding a spine specialist who acknowledges your pain and truly acts in your best interests. If you need a good place to start your search, we encourage you to check out our doctor finder: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe... .

We wish you the very best of luck!

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