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Continuing pain

Started by cowgirlup on 12/18/2017 4:04pm

I have had lower back pain for over 10 years. I recently went to a spine doctor and had an MRI. I have scoliosis and a couple of bulging discs. She prescribed Tramadol for the pain, which doesn't help. She recommended an injection, which I received on Nov. 27. About a week ago, I started having excruciating pain in my back and right hip. I wish I had never gotten the injection.

I am scheduled to meet with a surgeon in January. I guess I'll depend on pain pills until then. I'm a very active person, but this has knocked me down, I can't even end ride my horse.

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Hi, cowgirlup--thank you for your post. We are so sorry to read about the pain you've experienced over the years and how it's affected your quality of life.

While we don't have any personal stories to share, we'd like to pass along some resources that we hope will help you make the most of your upcoming visit with your spine surgeon. The 2 articles below will give you some good questions to ask. By getting all your questions answered, you will leave your appointment having confidence in whatever treatment path you choose.

( Spine Surgeon Tells Patients How to Prepare for an Appointment )
( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor )

Please let us know how your meeting goes and if you choose to undergo surgery. We wish you the very best with your upcoming appointment!


Hi cowgirlup! I am so sorry that you have to go through all of this pain! I agree with the link that's been provided for you. It will have a lot of information on how to prepare for your surgeon's visit. I would also see if someone can go with you for extra ears and eyes. I'm in your same shoes. I woke up with back pain last April and went through my family doctor, several pain specialists with no treatment {except one} a neurosurgeon. I've been seeing a chiropractor for the past month and a half. He reviewed my MRI and showed my C7 herniated disc and also found one in my C3 that everyone else missed. I was taking pain medication and I had two epidural shots {2}..one worked for my muscle spasms and one didn't-just made my condition worse. This too knocked me completely down! I was on disablility for four months; I couldn't sit, drive or work and I was in miserable pain. If your surgeon is very good, he/she won't talk you in to surgery unless this affects serious movement and function in your body {walking, bladder control}but those are extreme. I'm progressively getting better, even though I have pain. My chiropractor confirmed that I don't need surgery, that I have to give everything time. If you get to the point to where you can function and the pain isn't horrible, try Extra Strength Tylenol Rapid Release and Extra Strength Bayer Aspirin. Tylenol for pain and Bayer for swelling. Hang in there and keep us posted!


Sylvester, i also have had a surgery on herniated ruptured discs at c5 and c6 and now c7. I would not recommend a chiropractor for nerve or disc problems they can actuality make problems worse. I damaged my neck worse by seeing one, surgery was the only thing that worked for me and painkillers did nothing.