Lower back pain.. and no help?
- 10 May 2010 by GettnHecktic
- 11 May 2010
- pain, back pain
Backround; Im about to turn 25. I played many sports and was an above average athlete in previous years. Since my high school days, over time I have come down with what i consider debilitating pain. I have no energy to get out of bed standing for more the 20-30 min hurts sitting for 20-30 min hurts. I always end up just laying down for that is when I get the most relief. I tried to see a couple doctors + a pain specialist and have never been treated more cruel by someone (name callers in elementary maybe) They treated me as if I was a drug seeker and an oxycontin abuser. This was before ever trying a pain medication other than vicodin for my wisdom teeth etc.. I then went out and asked a couple friends who one was able to get me a 30mg oxy generic quick release and WOW! I took only half and the pain relief was bar none. Obviously drugs of this sort / black market are rediculous but non the less I NEED HELP! what do i do to seek a Dr who will actually listen to my issues and not pass judgments? I think its unfair that I suffer while i hear so many people getting these drugs that don't really need them. I tried to go the legal route but have ran out of options.. advice??
p.s. It is to the point where I dont have a life, lost my job, and cant do anything without pain taking COMPLETE control.
My husband has back problems and leg pain was on lartabs 120 of them for 5 yrs and tramadol 120 of them a month also they will help for while but your body will build up tolerance and want higher dose have you tried massage therapy along with seeing caroprater my husband got alot relief from that he did love lortabs because of no pain and the high of it i would try the things i mentioned and that doesnt work yes seek doctor who will treat you right some doctors are mean and are like that but at same time you have to relize how many people they see for pain and dont know you arent druggy .Just so many people abuse narcotics making it that much harder for people who dont and want some relief if you feel uncomfertable leave and find enw doctor who will lisson and tell them pain med only temp and you will even go to physically therapy that will help that way they know your not doing this just for the drugs .
I have the opposite problem. I've had back and neck pain most of my life and it seems like all they will do is throw medicine at me. I finally changed doctors and he had an MRI ordered for me. That's the first doctor in almost 20 years that ever decided to run any tests. My point is, maybe if you went into a doctor's office and demanded them at least take an xray or CAT scan or something they may be more understanding. You may also find that the pain is fixable with surgery or injections, etc. I have found the less you ask for meds the more they will give you. I personally, hate taking meds. They are now throwing muscle relaxers at me for my neck. They just turn me into a zombie. It gets very depressing when they won't try to get to the root of the problem, but instead choose the "quick fix".
I shattered my L-1 and L-2 in an accident. Permanent nerve damage and more surgery to come. I feel for you. With your low back, if you feel the top of your hip bone, and point to that area even with your back, your L-4 L-5 vertebrates are right there. That's the main area that people injure. Have you had your back pain diagnosed yet? MRI, C-scan? If not, most pain clinics will not prescribe strong pain medication. Rather than finding a pain specialist, see your regular MD. Go through all the testing required to get a diagnosis. It could be anything causing your pain. Stenosis, bulging or torn disc, degenerative disease, etc. Back pain sufferers are the majority of pain specialists' patients. I know the type of pain you are in. You certainly have my sympathy! And you have the right to live without pain! But be proactive in your care. Don't take no for an answer.
I would also ask your doc to set up a FCE. (functional capacity evaluation) It's a physical test that you can not cheat on. Normally they are used for workers comp claims. But it's a very thorough, hard test and it does weed out the fakers. If you offer to have this exam, maybe your doc will realize you ARE in severe pain. If all else fails, keep looking for a doc who will actually listen to you! I hope you get the relief you need and good luck,
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