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New to Group. Feeling ignored by doctors, pain for more than month caused by sports injury.

Started by Weezy on 05/09/2017 3:09pm

I began training with a new personal trainer late January of 2017. One month later I was experiencing pain in my lower abdomen. My new trainer preferred kettle bells, when I experienced blood in my stool and then white stool I saw my doctor. We took ultrasounds and blood tests, found nothing. The following week I had my annual physical at Cleveland Clinic. Discussed pain with doctor there. She immediately said its your spine. Ordered x rays, found scoliosis and compacted discs. I had no pain except odd feeling in left thumb. After returning home that weekend, wham pain hit me like a Mack Truck. Numbness and tingling in hands, feet, arms, legs, groin area. Weakness in hands, pain on lower abdomen returned, very gassy (uncontrollable) . Lower back pain, mid back pain and later neck pain, headache and face numbness. That week I informed primary doctor of the discovery, and spent the week getting all of my medical records to him (we recently relocated to this area). He did not order an MRi until I requested it, and he only ordered lower lumbar. Confirmed compacted discs L1 -5 and S1. He made an appointment with a physiatrist for two weeks later. Suggested I take Tylenol for pain. Tylenol did nothing. Pain got worse. Day before seeing physiatrist, I felt nauseous and nearly fainted. My doctor phoned and patronized me as if I was imagining my physical symptoms. When I went to see the physiatrist he likewise, inquired if I had anxiety, had I ever had issues with anxiety. When I tried to tell him about the pain in my abdomen and the explanation the doctor in Cleveland had for why she thought it was my spine, he mocked me. I am so embarrassed and mortified that I don't know what to do. I want my life back, I didn't ask to be injured by an unqualified trainer and I certainly didn't ask to be treated like a crazy person.

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Hello, and welcome to our Community!

We're sorry to read about your experience with your medical team. It's incredibly frustrating to feel like doctors aren't taking your pain seriously. No patient should be treated that way.

You've described experiencing nerve pain that may be caused by spinal nerve compression--and you've had imaging scans that confirm disc compression. Perhaps a good next step would be to see a spine specialist about your pain?
Spine specialists are trained in treating the type of pain you're experiencing, and we have a doctor finder tool to help you find qualified spine professionals near you: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe...

We also want to share an article about knowing when it's time to find a new spine specialist--we think this information will apply to you ( Signs It’s Time to Find a New Spine Specialist ). You deserve to be treated with respect when you receive care, and this article describes some red flags to keep in mind when seeing a physician.

We hope this information is helpful and wish you the very best of luck!


Spine Universe Team, thank you for your response. Your advice is greatly appreciated. I read your suggested links and found them useful. I did make an appointment with one your listed specialists. They are not able to see me until June 22nd. I have been in significant pain since February 2017. How can I expect to have a hopeful outcome with such a lack of timely response ?