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Severe Back Pain...Need Advice Please...

Posted by on May. 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM
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Hello.  I have dealt with low back pain since I was 3 years old. I am now 27 years old.  I have been to several specialists over the years, had MRI's, CT's, Bone Scan's, etc.  I have been cleared of cancers including leukemia.  I have had physical therapy as a child, and two years ago.  I have also had some type of steroid injection when I was 12.  It temporarily stopped the pain but only for about six months. I remember many sleepless, painful nights crying with my Mom because of the pain.  The pain seems to be helped and somewhat relieved with a heating pad. Yet, the heat outside causes more pain.  When I was 21 years old, and pregnant with my son I was formally diagnosed with sacroillitis.  I was told that it would either fix the problem, or make it or worse by being pregnant. Well it did neither.  The pain is constant 24/7 but some days are worst than others. Such as the past two days I have been in a lot of pain.  I honestly am not a complainer. I am just desperate right now.  On sunday night, the pain was unbearable. So I took a pain pill that I had from a gallbladder surgery two years ago. Well two years ago I was fifty pounds heavier. Needless to stay, I am sure it was the wrong dosage for me on my weight now so my legs became numb, I was sweating, very hot even though the A/C was on 60, nauseated and very, very dizzy. Yes that was very dumb, and it is never happening again.  I have been told that when I lost weight the pain would lessen. Well I did lose about fifty lbs two years ago, and the pain became worse.  I have a lot of experience with this pain, but I could use ANY type of advice anyone needs.  I will not go through physical therapy or surgery.  I do have an appointment with orthopedic surgeon on June 6....he specializes in backs.  What I am in need for from you...is does anyone have any advice on pain management? I am desperate...the pain is becoming unbearable.  Please, please help!!!

 

 

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by on May. 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM
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Alyson121
by Alyson on May. 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

I am truly sorry.  There's nothing worse than living in CONSTANT pain and seeing every medical professional under the sun and no one can help.

I have relatives who have and are living with back pain and your story is very familiar.  My mother-in-law even had surgery recently for her back problems.  The surgery has help her some, however she's not doing anything different so she still has some pain.  My aunt also suffers from back pain.  She refuses to have surgery or have to take pain meds everyday (especially since she's diabetic she doesn't want to add any more issues).  What she does for her pain is exercise.  She doesn't to strenuous exercises, as she doesn't want to exacerbate the pain.  She walks everyday, rain, sleet or snow.  She walks about 3 miles a day (she's in her 60's and has had back pain since her 20's).  She changed her lifestyle and totally watches what she eats.  She has some slight discomfort not but nothing like the pain she used to have - pain to where she couldn't even get out of the bed, move her legs or even walk.  What she said, is that the walking and moderate exercise has really helped her back.  I think she's kinda just accepted that it won't be 100% again but at least she won't have excruciating back pain either. 

I also have a cousin who is suffering from back pain that says acupunture really helped her as well as yoga. 

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Iluvjandkplus8
by on May. 10, 2011 at 9:41 PM
Have you tried a chiropractor? I know you said a heating pad helped for temporary relief. Have you tried those thermo wraps? I used them for my lower back when I was preggo and it was great.com I wore them all day. Good luck. Hope you find something long term!
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runner-mom
by on May. 10, 2011 at 9:43 PM

wow mama, I'm so sorry!! I have no advice for you, other than DO NOT STOP SEEKING OPINIONS!  My DH is going through chronic pain issues now and we are learning this the hard/slow way.  I'm sure you know that already as this has been life long, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to say it, and also I just wanted to bump this for you!  Hang in there!!  

matreshka
by on May. 11, 2011 at 6:56 AM

have you gone to a pain management clinic? they can help you with a variety of techniques, services, meds, doc for your pain issue.  i have severe chronic pain, nerve damage, rheumatioid arthritis, i had my hip dislocated at one point. i wont to go to a surgeon because I have not met one person that surgery has helped, unless its a complete hip replacement.

I was able to get a TENS unit through my insurance.  its these little pads you stick on specific areas,(my physical therapist showed me exactly how to use it) and turn the machine on and it sends impulses to the muscle and nerve areas to relax them and stop the swelling/inflammation.

I also do meditation for pain relief, full catastrophe living and managing pain before it manages you are good introductions to the relaxation response technique and otehr pain management skills.



 

ChaoticAtBest
by on May. 11, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I would recommend trying Yoga. I know it helps my lower back pain quite a bit. good luck!

e-doolittle
by Kelly on May. 11, 2011 at 9:15 AM

I have chronic pain from a car accident.  I find pilates to be a great help.

raegan1221
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Thank you very much! I have never thought of Yoga. I need to look into that..I am not so sure I could do acupuncture. And I am glad to know the exercising helped her..I am probably going to start trying to walk more...keep more active. My eating habits changed two years ago so that's no problem. Thanks again.

 


 

Quoting Alyson121:

I am truly sorry.  There's nothing worse than living in CONSTANT pain and seeing every medical professional under the sun and no one can help.

I have relatives who have and are living with back pain and your story is very familiar.  My mother-in-law even had surgery recently for her back problems.  The surgery has help her some, however she's not doing anything different so she still has some pain.  My aunt also suffers from back pain.  She refuses to have surgery or have to take pain meds everyday (especially since she's diabetic she doesn't want to add any more issues).  What she does for her pain is exercise.  She doesn't to strenuous exercises, as she doesn't want to exacerbate the pain.  She walks everyday, rain, sleet or snow.  She walks about 3 miles a day (she's in her 60's and has had back pain since her 20's).  She changed her lifestyle and totally watches what she eats.  She has some slight discomfort not but nothing like the pain she used to have - pain to where she couldn't even get out of the bed, move her legs or even walk.  What she said, is that the walking and moderate exercise has really helped her back.  I think she's kinda just accepted that it won't be 100% again but at least she won't have excruciating back pain either. 

I also have a cousin who is suffering from back pain that says acupunture really helped her as well as yoga. 


raegan1221
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2011 at 10:28 AM

 

 

Actually I forgot to mention in there that I did see a chiropractor as a child, and also about ten years ago. My mom says it only helped temporarily but I am looking into seeing another one. Maybe it would help so now. Thanks!

Quoting Iluvjandkplus8:

Have you tried a chiropractor? I know you said a heating pad helped for temporary relief. Have you tried those thermo wraps? I used them for my lower back when I was preggo and it was great.com I wore them all day. Good luck. Hope you find something long term!


raegan1221
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM

 

 

Aww thank you:). I hope his gets better soon. It stinks to deal with it all the time.

Quoting runner-mom:

wow mama, I'm so sorry!! I have no advice for you, other than DO NOT STOP SEEKING OPINIONS!  My DH is going through chronic pain issues now and we are learning this the hard/slow way.  I'm sure you know that already as this has been life long, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to say it, and also I just wanted to bump this for you!  Hang in there!!  


raegan1221
by Bronze Member on May. 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Wow..I will definately look into those. Thank you so much. I'm sorry about what you have going on with you...sounds painful.

Quoting matreshka:

have you gone to a pain management clinic? they can help you with a variety of techniques, services, meds, doc for your pain issue.  i have severe chronic pain, nerve damage, rheumatioid arthritis, i had my hip dislocated at one point. i wont to go to a surgeon because I have not met one person that surgery has helped, unless its a complete hip replacement.

I was able to get a TENS unit through my insurance.  its these little pads you stick on specific areas,(my physical therapist showed me exactly how to use it) and turn the machine on and it sends impulses to the muscle and nerve areas to relax them and stop the swelling/inflammation.

I also do meditation for pain relief, full catastrophe living and managing pain before it manages you are good introductions to the relaxation response technique and otehr pain management skills.



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