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What to do with chronic lower back pain?

Started by 100000120348711... on 09/23/2011 9:21pm

I am 23 years old, i got diagnoise back in 2007 that i have spondylolisthesis, and Scoliosis and recently got told by a chiropractic that my back is severe and i have 6 damange nerves. I am in severe pain all the time, it seems like it is getting worse even by just sitting for couple minutes. Back in 2007 i was seen by doctor and she sent me to physical thearpy, only helps for the day and back to the pain again. I lost my insurance once i got married in 2008 and finally i got my insurance back, i will be going to my doctor monday morning not suring what is going to happen. I've been taking medicine all the time, i was going to a free clinic and they suggest i go to pain clinic, but i dont know or think it will do any good. I was thinking about that fuse surgery but very scared! I cannot work at all, i have tried and i either have to quit or they let me go, i have applied for SSI till something gets done with my back. Anyone out there know what is the best thing to do when in a lot pain? And would it be a good idea to go to a chiropractic? Im scared its gonna make my back worse i seen them one time for a free health check. Im also going to ask my doctor on monday if its ok!

Thanks!!

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Because of previous medical condition your current insurance may not cover you for a year with anything related to your back problems. Not to be the bad new bear but if his insurance is a group plan, they can block coverage for 1 year ( not sure if you are aware of all this) its not fair but its insurance for you. Best advice seek as many doctors and get as many opinions as possible. I have a high grade spondy, I wouldn't rely just on a chiropractor, unless he did a real nerve test. If your nerves are damage, you need surgery. Get the best you can get and 1 you feel comfortable with. Also google as much as possible. I am very lucky that I found a wonderful pain doctor who I adore who has been helping me through all this and guiding me .

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I feel for you and my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I know how challenging all of this can be. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I know a lot about spondy. I spend hours researching it. My neuro,DO and pain doctor tell me how wonderful I am because they really don't have to explain anything to me.

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Thank you so much! At the time in 2007 i was on a insurance plan for welfare (gateway health plan) but lost it because my husband made too much income. He tried to buy me insurance but i couldnt even get insurance than. I finally got UPMC insurance and it started on sept 15. I called my doctor up right away to get me appointment. I just dont know what to do anymore, i have a 5 year old son, i feel so bad that i struggle to take care of him. I did a free health check at a chiropractic and they did hook me up for the back screening where the placed the machine around my neck to check the whole spine, she discussed that it was severe, the lines were suppose to be white but turned up all red, and said there was 6 damange nerves, she suggest i make a appointment to see there doctor and she said he might be able to help but not quite sure. I was really thinking about going to see them just to see how it was and also to get more evidence for my SSI case. I have been fighting for Disability since sept 2008.

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I did read ssi and back problems are very hard to get. Free clinics are great but now that you have insurance I would go get another nerve test. I know that with my high grade, my team of expert ( only a few doctors are even qualified to treat me and even fewer are accept insurance) believe that surgery is my last option. My fusion is very risky. They think I should only have surgery if the symtoms are out of control, or if there is active slippage or if I have any nerve damage. Right now none of those are happening to me.

Also have you tried acupuncture. I was in a horrible amount of pain and my pain level went from a 7-8 to a 0-2 in a matter of weeks. Also what state do you live in? Google best spine doctors in your city or closest to you city. THats where I started

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thanks, i sure will search for a good doctor, and ask a lot questions on monday with my doctor. I live in Saxonburg PA close to pittsburgh, and yes SSI is very hard to get, i went for my first hearing on march 1 of this year and they denied me because the judge said i can go to physical thearpy and my back will heal, i just laughed so my lawyer appealed it again and supposely it is pending right now. Its just very hard to work, i would love to work but i cant hardly bend and when i get up the pains in my legs. Was that pain pills or cream for my back that you suggested? But thanks so much for talking with me about this, its really tough!

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I do acupuncture for it. Its needles. But I have also done patches for pain they are called lidoderm. They did not work for me however. They work wonders for others. It doesn't hurt to ask. I take a lot of meds also and if they work it is nice to have something not mess with your brain. There are lots of great topics on ssi on here.

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Well i went to my PCP doctor this morning, and it was pointless of going. She didnt even help me. she told me to go to my chiropractic on wednesday but im not aloud to let them crack my back or neck she said. It will be my first appointment with them since they did that nerve test. Im planning on looking for a back doctor and see what one would say about my back.

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Hi Mellisa,
Sorry to hear of ur pain. WELCOME to the group. :) I have a few suggestions for u,

1. see primary or orthopdist for refferal script to see a neuro-surgeon. Or Orthopedist can do MRI and u wont need to see surgeon.

2. When u see ur primary or Orthopedist, I hope ur on some meds to help w pain and inflammation.

Good luck on your journey to wellness . :) RENE

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Thank you! Well i did go see a neurosurgeon and i wasnt too happy with the appointment. He hardly talked to me about my issues all he did was check my legs and touched my back and thats all and had me go for new mri and xrays. And i also started to go see a physical therapy 2 days a week. My neurosurgeon's receptionist called me and let me know that the mri came back and he didnt see anything that i would need surgery now. The physical therapist told me that he probably doesnt want me to get surgery is because i am young. i dont know if i should go to another doctor to get more opioions or not. Ive been in so much pain its crazy and i hate to take these pain pills all the time. It makes me so depressed to because i cant lift anything heavy, not even my son, and i cant even work at all and i would love to go back and work again.

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Melissa, do you know that the government reads the Internet sites? I like your smiling picture. It does not show a lady in pain. It could be interpreted as a party girl. You might take a picture of you when you are in pain. They could use that picture against you at your hearing. Remember big brother is watching.. they have don't it before.

Sorry to deliver this type of news.. I hope that you get better and have low pain.

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Yes I do know because when I went to court they asked me if I use internet and I said I do to contact my family and friends. Well I'm sure no party girl, I look like these in a lot of my pictures. But thanks anyways!

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With pain that has finally leveled off after a car accident, cervical dystonia that has been controlled with oral medication since for 13 years, and a curvature of my spine that has caused various pains since I was a child...I refuse narcotic pain medication but have found (since it was prescribed for my dystonia symptoms) that gabapentin/neurontin helped immediately. I still have sporadic pain and take OTC (aspirin, etc.) things, but for the most part it is the Rx that helps the cause of the pain.
If you have not tried it, I recommend to.
Also, wonder if accupuncture, or even Botox injections (used to have those for the dystonia) would
be something to avoid the nightmare of the pain, and also to avoid narcotic pain Rxs?

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Does anyone know how they are treating people who have had harrington rod. The rod that is one piece attached to cervical and thorasic area. im having disc deteriation of the L4 L5 and S1. having mild pain in left ankle and foot. please help me with info.
maureen

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