my complaints about all the pain I am experiencing... I did have a bonescan and an MRI done by a rheumatologist which showed osthearthirtis in nearly every joint in my body and several disk from L1 to L5 showing slight bulging and stenosis... but noone helped me..I was sent to several Neurologilst who kept referring me back to be seen by Rheumotolisist and the Office manager at my Doc said that you just want painmeds... your blood work does not qualify you to be seen by a rheumotologist and she procceded to send me to a shrink who looked at my scans and MRI and referred me back to a rheumotologist... so finally I got into a huge fight with her and came to find out that the PE at my Doctors office never even looked at any of my results or read up on any of the paperwork that I had given to her... so I took matters in my own hands and insisted on seeing the Doctor and I showed him all the tests that had been done up to this point... so finally I was granted my request to have a new MRI done 6/17/11 and as I am reading the result I am so scared because the difference between the test done 2 years ago and what showed up on the new MRI made the Doctor stand up and take notice... now I am showing severe bulging on L1 to L5 with annular tears... my legs hurt so bad that I can barely walk anymore and I am scheduled to see an Ortho on monday and I don't know what to expect as a treatment option... several of the doc that saw me said the I am not a canidate for epidural injection and I do not want to have surgery... I am so scared that I will end up not being able to walk... I have spent all night looking at option available to me and all I am getting is that surgery is the only option... Can someone polease talk to me about a similar experience because I am at my wits end... why did noone take my seriously... I am so lost and tired of hurting all the time
Dont see an ortho for back surgery. See a neurologist. NEVER let an ortho touch your back. If you want to see them about recommending therapy or to give you pain meds, fine, but dont let an ortho do surgery. You want a neurologist to do any surgery you may consider. I know you said you dont want surgery but in some cases it is truly what is indicated. You might try to get by for awhile seeing if conservative measures work. You might want to see a pain management specialist. I see a PM Dr and it is a clinic that has multispecialties in the same clinic. I see a chiropractor there and also do physical therapy in the same place. If you can find a pain clinic like this it is a good way to go. I would still recommend you consult a neurologist and see a pain management Dr.
There is nothing wrong with needing pain medications!! There are opioids and non opioids you could look at to help control your pain. You might also try some gentle physical therapy to help you with core strength. I feel for you! You have really been bumped from pillar to post with no one to help you. Sometimes you do have to be insistive to get help. Good luck to you. Hopefully now that you have a good diagnosis it will be easier to get the help you need!
Hi, i am having a real rant today about peoples crap medical treatment! It is unbelievable that you have been treated this way! Do you have financial resources enabling you to see an independent private physician? Like you have done before, take all of your test results with you. Be totally honest and explain how much this is affecting/ruining your life! Try to be strong when you speak to the next doctor you see and tell them how badly you have been treated and that you can't and won't put up with it anymore. I know this is easy for me to say. Sometimes when i see my psychiatrist (i know this is different, but... ) i will write down all the issues i want to raise at my appt. I read through the notes i've made and sometimes take them with me so i ensure i voice all my concerns and don't suddenly get shy when face to face with him.
There are many meds you can be prescribed to help with this kind of pain so it really astounds me that you've not been prescribed any? Amitritptyline is a great example. It is primarily an anti-depressant but also relieves pain and helps induce sleep. It is taken at 'bedtime' and should enable you to have a god sleep free of pain. I was prescribed it for my back pain (prolapsed disc with lots of scar tissue) and it works really well. I hope you manage to get the treatment you deserve! Let us know how you get on?
I totally agree with DZooBaby on this one Get a referral to a Neurosurgeon, & take all your MRIS, etc with you. If you have surgery there is no guarantee you won't still have chrontic pain afterwards, but if it keeps you being able to walk, it may be worth it. Not too many docs today like to do lower back surgery because of failure rates, & with arthritis, it comes right back & worse. You have some big decisions to make, but do them with a good reputable Neurosurgeion would be my advice to you also. Good luck & let us know how you come out...
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