For over the past year, I have been experiencing chronic midback pain. I see a chiropractor, but seem to have no relief. The pain is so intense at times, I can hardly see straight, can hardly hold the tears back and start to panic at the fact that I have whatever amount of hours I have to try and deal with it while working. There are countless times I had to leave work early because I could no longer stand it and don't even care at that point if I get fired. I am a hairdresser, so I'm constantly on my feet and shampooing. And shampooing becomes literal torture. I'm only 25 years old, and it seems nobody else at my work or other hairdressers I know don't seem to have this problem..at least not to my extent. I recently went for an mri, and nothing turned up wrong so they said it has to be something muscular. I've been exercising and stretching, but nothing seems to relieve this pain. I'm starting to become increasingly depressed from dealing with this, and am in fear of losing my job because I cannot preform at my best. I just want the pain to go away, am I qualified to talk to and see a pain management specialist. I'm at my wits end and am desperate for relief.
Can I qualify to see a pain management doctor?
Added 4 Aug 2011:
I also wanted to add I have a very high tolerance for pain. I had non-invasive open heart surgery when I was 18, and I'd rather go through that again than deal with this type of pain sometimes
I wonder if you may be suffering from Fibromyalgia? Yes, you most certainly do qualify to see a pain management doctor! If you ask your primary care physician for a referal, you may find a good one. If you call a local University Hospital, they usually have excellent pain clinics.
I feel for you, being in chronic pain sux to say the least!
You may be tested for various diseases or syndromes, such as Fibro or other muscular problems. Worry not, these test are usually painless for the most part.
I hope you find a pain doc very soon and also get some relief!
I deal with neuromuscular problem associated with having had Polio, I see a pain management doctor, It (even though you have a high threshold to pain) it takes and affects so many areas and parts of your life to live with this type of pain, I think life is meant to be lived in a way so that you have some sense of being as normal as you can be but to deal with the type of pain that you describe it another story, it has to have effects on your ability to function and interpersonal relationships, the way you eat, sleep and not the least but ending up with depression due to lack of control. finding a good pain management doctor should not limit you looking for the reasons why but in the meantime it should allow the doctor to treat you in a way that is both safe and effective. and just because the MRI didnt provide definitive answers I don't think this should detour you from finding a better way to handle this while still finding appropriate answers for your pain.
I know for instance my pain doctor is an Internist she has a sub specialty and degree in Pain management that allows her to kill two birds with one stone, In a case where one isn't sure she is qualified to look at the picture and still continue to search fur unanswered questions as well as improve the quality of life while doing so It is my sincere desire that you find a doctor who can aide you in finding the answers to what is going on and at the same time make the quality of your life much better and easier to cope with
I may be way off base here, but I too suffer from extreme back problems. You say you had an MRI. Well, to get to my point is that in having an MRI you are laying completely flat on your back. I mentioned this to the tech one time saying that laying down is the oly time my back ever quits hurting. Wouldn't that more or less be like relaxing the vetebrae where you can't see what is being pinchedf? Of course her answer was no, they could tell. Considering your job duties, (I know the position you are talking about shampooing) maybe something is being pinched in that position. Good luck getting a radiologist or doctor to agree with that, just my thoughts. There has got to be a better way for you to do the shampooing. I would work on that even if you have to pull up a stool & kneel on it or something. Good luck to you...
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