Post Edited (PAlady) : 7/12/2008 11:09:27 PM (GMT-6)
Mr. T, you have some very good advice here from everyone!! I hope that maybe I can help a little too!! You can also look into psysiatrics (sp?), they work on the muscles to try and get relief too! But PT might help, and so might the TENS! And I would talk to your doc about the neck too, because I have many bulging in my neck as well as a herniation too (along with the lower back) and I get pain in my thorasic region too! I've never had an MRI there, but my doc seems to think that it's all related to my neck and other back problems, so I agree with Red on that one too! PALady, Lindaloo, and Red have given some great suggestions! I would definitely get other opinions too, not just one, because it can be hard to diagnose sometimes, pain is weird, you can have pain in weird places, places you never knew existed with some back issues!
Welcome to the forums, and I have to say, I'm SO sorry to hear that you are having such problems, it's not easy! But you have a LOT of support and great advice here!! I'm still fairly new to this site as well, but I've grown to care for each person here, we all have that CP in common!! Keep your head high, and hope that we can help a little!
Good luck to all and I hope that we all find some sort of relief!!
Chutz, I was thinking the same thing!! That was why I thought that physiatrics might help too! Good thinking there!! Do great minds really think alike, or are we just interpreted as such??! LOL!
Good luck Mr. T, you have a lot of good people on your side here!!
Wow. Thanks everybody for your comments. One thing I forgot to mention was the fact that I live in Thailand. We do not have general doctors it's either a Doc in the Box or the hospital. The hospitals are good, but I have to go there for everything from a cold up and think they look at my record and think darn he's a hypocondriac. I don't know. I just feel that way so I tend not to go back to follow up visits. I did have the MRI of my total spine and X-ray and everything showed up ok. I am going to pick up my files today and try another hospital. It's only about an hour away so hopefully they will have a new eye on it.
If I don't have severe pain everyday is it Chronic or not. Yesterday it hurt but not real bad, but my joints all ached pretty bad. It's just very confusing to me. I wake up ok and within a few hours the pain begins then I get tired mid afternoon and barley can work then home. Just don't know if it is something you just learn to live with. Once again thanks for all your help and information. It was amazing to see the responses and it did help me mentally for sure.
Mr. T, I do wish you the best! And I do hope that the new hospital has a better outlook! I'm sorry that things are so complicated there! Make sure you like the doctor too, that really helps! And it sounds like it might not be a chronic thing, but it still has potential, just stay on top of it, you will find a good doc and hopefully find relief too!!
Unfortunately, some chronic pain, you have to learn to live with, at least to some degree, I know it sounds pretty bad, but don't worry yourself until you talk to a good doc that wants to help and find out what the problem is!! You may have something treatable yet! So, don't worry yourself yet! Stay strong and persistant, you will make it!!
I'm sure others might have more to add, the people here are great, a LOT of different views, and a LOT of support!! Whether it's chronic or not, it's pain, and I wish you some relief!
Best of luck to you, and all!!
I'm so sorry to hear about your roomate Mr. T! I hope that things go well! But don't ignore yourself too, if you have the time, please see someone in between because the longer you wait, the more what ever it is, might set in! I don't know exactly what you have, but it's best not to wait on it if you can! I know that your roomate has bigger problems right now, and that is mighty big of you to be so kind as to take care of them! I wish you and your roomate luck, and I hope things work out for the best! Take care, both of you!!
Pamela Painallover, that is cute!! LOL! I'm SO sorry that you are in so much pain too, I feel bad for you too! Don't stress over the little things, it hasn't happened, and you can't control the outcome, unfortunately!! So, please, relax!! I have anxiety too, so I know it's easier said than done to calm yourself, but the more you think about it, the more stress you are giving yourself over something that you can't control! It's not fair to yourself!! If something comes of it, then it's ok to worry, but don't panic!! LOL! Things always have a way of working out, it's just a matter of when, right!? LOL! Stay calm, you and your husband will get through it!! Think positive!!
Good luck to you all!