i have been having lower back pain for a while now. The diagnose is degenerative disk dease with lower lumber joints faucets. I went to see a orthopedic. Who basically told me to go join a swimming pool to exercise. My lower back hurts so much. Just don't know what to do. Nobody wants to give me any medication. I'm just not sure what to do. Live in woodbridge,va any suggestion. Please help me or what should I do.
Lower back pain , can someone please help me?
Added 16 Feb 2012:
Thank you all for you suggestions. I just need to find the right doctor. They for one only want to give me aspirin or mobic or morbid. Not what that is for I'm 44 years old and if I have to live like this than make me feel comfortable. I mean good grief. It's just gotten out of control and even that part with all the co-pays are crazy. Lots of prayers!!!
I can so identify. First, the suggestion of swimming pool exercise is a good one. Also, a good physical therapist may give you relief. I strongly urge you to see a neurologist, a good one. If you keep seeking medical attention, and if physical therapy does not work for you, please be very cautious about back surgery. Most likely, bone fusion will be recommended for you. There is only a 50/50% that this will bring you relief. Trust me, you don't want this. I have had three back surgeries because the first failed and started CSF leaks. I totally understand how painful and debilitating lumbar pain is, and it gets to the point where you will be willing to do almost anything for the hope of relief. Please don't go down that road. But should you do so, I strongly urge you to research anything suggested before committing to it. I know chronic pain, it makes you very vulnerable to those in the medical field who offer relief.
However, with deginerative discs disease and facet disease, it is very likely you have osteo arthritis and that's just not going to go away. Walking, swimming, physical therapy and possibly an epidural would be my suggestions. Surgery and pain meds just have not worked for me, and I think if you read comments made on this site by others you will see the problems that arise. I wish you luck, and I certainly empathize, it is soooo tough to endure, but you will realize with changes to your routine,a good support system, you can help yourself, but in the long run, you have now joined a group of people that know - IT IS NOT GOING AWAY - it will not get better, only worse. Be strong, and please educate yourself about the condition, before making life altering decisions. Should you decide to have surgery, (again I say please don't but everyone is different) by all means do not let an ortho do it, make sure it is done by a very good neuro dr. Research, research, research!! Best of luck to you and again I strongly suggest physical therapy and epidurals. NO SURGERY!!!
Back problems are like migraines they are both looked at by discerning eyes
mixed with a ton of skepticism. If you have a doctor do not worry about his / her feelings this is one situation where you might have to make the rounds.
You might hear about everything from beds to massage and all in between. Your search begins today make notes add questions the whole nine yards up until you find a doctor familiar with you condition.
I have also been diagnosed with ddd, of my lower back with several other ailments. My advice to you would be to find yourself a good Pain Management doctor. Make sure you take all x-rays and any MRI's. This type of physician can also be located under doctors who deal with sports injury. I have been seeing a pain management specialist for over 10 years. They have been the only ones who would give me what I needed. I have not had surgery and if I can help it don't plan on it.
Lower back pain is a problem that you should seek medical attention from a doctor that's right. It must be that your condition is such that doing exercise will be all that is needed if that's what they say.
My back has an ache too. Such as yours the degenerative condition exists and will not improve at my age 62. Have had it for the last 25 years and it flares up every 8 years or so. Unless you have had an injury such as what started the pain happening then it's up to you if you wish to pursue overcoming the pain through medication or exercise conditioning or whatever.
Myself it made no sense to try pain relievers as there isn't anything capable of keeping a person's body functioning soberly with the levels of discomfort that our condition exhibits. Believe me because all that the medical field has a propensity for is studying and documenting our worsening condition. Makes sense to go to see them as little as your pocket book is going to be emptied and their's is going to be filled for their trips to Bermuda.
Seek another opinion if that's what seems right for you. And do what your body will allow you to do. In time it will repair itself enough for you to begin strengthening the muscles that aren't being put into spasms by pinched nerves. Until then people are just going to have to be satisfied with you the way you are now.
Please go to a pain specialist ASAP. These folks are very good, and unlike the family doctor, they know what to look for and what to ask. Before you go, make a list, as sometimes the pain can make you forget (or at least it does me). Oxycodone 10-325 / Alprazolam .5mg and over the counter Advil is the best place I found that helped. Propoxyphene helped when it wasn't really bad, but wouldn't you know. They took it off the market now. When my pain was so bad that I passed out, a Doc gave me a shot of Morphene. This worked wonders and I had very little pain for almost a month. I trust God for what I can't control otherwise. Prayer helps and so does a good back brace.
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