This is not new. This happened July 2005. I went for injections, pt..every doctor said they couldn't do a thing. I will ask for another mri, my feeling is that it won't be a huge difference.
I've heard various things. Some people having bulging disks and not even knowing it.
But each doctor agreed they would not cut me. And that is coming from many doctors. Thanks for taking the time to respond. Blessings to you.
Hello, I just found this site and was reading the posts. I also am a long time sufferer of back pain. I just had an MRI done about a month ago and found that I have spinal stenosis, central canal stenosis, disc height reduction, degeneration, disc buldging in every disc and arthritis in 4 different places in my back. This is all in my lower back everything was worse on my left side, which I do have more pain on that side. I did fall once and chip my tale bone about 2 or 3 years ago and when they took that x-ray they found 2 older fractures which I didn't know that I ever had. I am just writing in because I feel alone in this and the pain is just so horrific.
The strange thing is that I am only 29 years old. I am a mother of 4 and every once in a while I can't even walk or move. Alot of times I walk very slowly and hunched over. It's very embarrasing. I have many times had to crawl on the floor trying to care for my children. I am married but my husband works alot. I was thinking I could discuss what I go through and maybe someone else can relate???? I love to excersice and jog but my doctor now is telling me I cannot jog anymore. This is awful news to me. I also suffer a GREAT deal at night. I have many sleepless nights. My back is just on fire at night and there is no position that can relieve the pain. I do have vicodin that I only take if I cannot stand it anymore. Which that doesn't totally take the pain away. I can't walk or stand for long periods of time or even sit in one position for very long. Sometimes at the grocery store I have to ride on a ride cart. Can you imagine what that feels like when you are in your 20's???? I notice if I have lifted much or excersiced at all I suffer greatly later for it. I tried physical therapy which did nothing. I've had an injection of an anti inflamatory in my back which did nothing. My doctor wants to do an epideral block I think it's called which I refuse since I've heard how painful that is and usually doesn't work anyways. I won't do surgery because I've had 4 surgerys in the past on my stomache and I do not do well with anestesia, I don't wake up and come out of it well. It's horrifying for me. So anyways I am just kinda at a loss. All I can do is pray and trust that God will heal me. He has to!!!!
Another strange thing I have is lumps all over my lower back. Just like big knots that I can feel. Some large and some small and they are painful. Does anyone else have this???
Well thats pretty much my story if anyone can be of help I would really appriciate it.
Hi atticbat--u have bats in your attic?? I'm your first post, that's special, but I wish none of us were on these boards.
So, you had 3 MRI's and did you see the report? It shows everything is fine? I know you must be shaking your head, how could that be, since you are in pain.
Who said you are not allowed to work and what is the reason they give? Wouldn't that show up on the MRI?
I am ALWAYS saying I wish I had House as my doctor. Imagine a doctor that wouldn't give up until he found a cause. Boy that's my dream.
Thanks for stopping by and responding and welcome. It is too bad that it's not a welcome to a better setting though. Blessings to you.
Dear Mama of 4, I am so sorry to hear of all that you are going through. It is a lot and it is tough that you are so young. I was an exercise nut for a very long time, but I am older than you and know how it feels to give something you love up. With all that they found on your mri, what are their suggestions? You sound like you are going through a lot of pain. Is there a reason why you don't take more pain medication? It has to be so hard keeping up with little ones, esp. if you aren't sleeping at night.
I am not here telling anyone what to do, it's all your call. I just hate to hear of all your suffering. I guess we are all different. Some people won't take anything. If I was real bad, I would take something that agreed with me and helped me to sleep at night, but that's me. I never heard of the lumps. I think you should check it out. This is a nice board and I think everyone tries to be compassionate and are compassionate because we all suffer and understand. Feel free to come back more and let us know if you hear more. I would have a professional look at those lumps for sure though. And let us know what they say about what you are souppose to do for all they found on your mri. Oh, before I forget--don't rule out the epidurals. I had some done and the doctor gave me something for the pain which was great. Some people have actually had their pain taken away, others (like me) it didn't help, but it has helped many. If they give you something for the pain while doing it, it is a good experience. One doctor didn't use it and oh boy, it was terrible, but it doesn't have to be--look into it.
Take care and bless you.
Thank you for your reply, I will take the vicodin if I just can't take it anymore. I think the reason why I am scarred to take it too much is because my dad and sister are addicted to pain medication which I think they just take it because they like how it makes them feel. After watching especially my sister go through her addiction, she gets to where she slurs her words has her mouth hanging open and on occasion you can't wake her up. She has 2 small children and I just think it's appauling!! I just do not want to ever be like that ever!! I am afraid that I could get used to being pain free while taking it then always needing it. My dad and sister have even stold medication from me they are so bad. Sometimes even though I only take maybe 2 or 3 vicodins a month I even feel guilty for that. I know I shouldn't and I am FAR from addicted, I also know that I am taking it for a very good reason maybe since I have 4 small children of my own I feel somehow guilty as a mother. I don't know those are just the thoughts that run through my head. I did have an awful night last night. I went shopping with my mom all day and I was in severe pain so I did take a pill last night.
I got a new back brace to help support my back so I am hoping that will help me to be on my feet more. All the doctor would say about the lumps on my back are that they are probably fat depos***. He never really checked them out or anything though. That was also before my MRI results. I don't like my doctor he is the kind that just hurrys up and gets you out of the office. I don't think he gets what I'm going through. I think with my age doctors just look at me like I'm young and full of energy so I can't possibly feel this kind of pain. Thats why I wrote in here, I thought that people going through the things that I am could relate and understand. My only hope is in Jesus and I know that he will heal me. That is the only thing that keeps me from just breaking down and crying all the time knowing that there is hope. Being this yound with this much wrong with me I do get scarred of when I get older and my body really starts falling apart!!! Besides the back issues I also have Intersticialcystitic which is a bladder disease and a skin disease which makes my hands crack really bad. I also just went to the cardiologist since I have high blood pressure on and off as high as, 170 over 110 and a pulse of 152. I have been on blood pressure meds for a while. I had some tests done and am going in for a stress test so I will just be awaiting the results. I know I probably sound like a hypochondriach but really I'm not. To every one else I am a strong person and don't show my pain. I just felt here on this site I could let it all out. I don't want my family to worry about me ya know? Sorry if I seem to have gone on and on. I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to reply.
God Bless Lindy
Oh Lindy, I could just hug you, you actually made my day. Yes. There are nice, kind and sweet people in the world that have morals, and it's you. I hate taking pills but I hate hurting too. I hate seeing anyone high too. It must hurt you so much that your family is going through that. I don't believe you ever would. That is so sad for your sister. I am a believer also and I will pray right now and add you to my list. My heart goes out to the many people on here and elswhere that sincerely want help and go through various pains. I am sure you are a good Mom and would never let anthing hurt your kids. I never take that much to get high where I'm slurring, I will pray for her too.. You don't sound like a hypochondriac at all. You have real issues that need to be addressed and have met up with too many doctors giving stupid answers, no answers, wrong answers and out the door you go. Your pulse is extremely high. I'm not a doctor, but I though normal was about 80 or so. You will never get addicted and don't feel guilty for taking a pill that can make you feel better. I know the feeling. I would have my husband tell me to take more because I would feel guilty and shouldn't--like he said, you are a patient not an addict, looking for a buzz. If someone was to see me they wouldn't think I was in pain, so I can relate to not being taken seriously too. I am still very flexible, which is mind boggling. I really wish they would spend more money here then us giving countries that hate us or have corrupt leaders not even using our money properly. I don't think we have much of a choice in pain killers and I would love to see non addictive ones. In my opinion and it's just that, only an opinion, you will never be like your sister and if a pill could improve the quality if your life, maybe use them more--just a suggestion. If it works that well for you, I think I would.
Can you get another doctor? I'm thinking of it. This guy doesn't know much but would send me for a referral if I asked. I am just tired of playing doctor. He has given my husband 2 assinine answers and when I asked him if he had any ideas about me, he shrugged his shoulders. Is that what we have come to expect? We're lucky to get pain meds, b/c I hear some don't even do that, which to me is sadistic. I don't know what I'm going to do. I know now, from this board, I am suppose to have more mris. My doctor seems to know little, yet, would go along with me (I believe) for another mri and possibly a ct scan.
Don't ever feel like you are going on and on. You can let it all out with me. I have no one really except my husband and my brother and son and cousin. I don't want to talk a lot about this. My husband on top of things has many things not right and our hope is in Jesus too.
I just prayed for you and your dad and sis. I will write your name to continue to pray. I got a praise report last night and just cried in joy for someone and their family. I want to be able to cry over a praise report for you.
God bless you. With my sincerest thoughts.
White Beard, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so serious, I really needed them. It seems I'll tell myself, I have to get out of the house to cheer up and wind up, somehow having my feelings hurt. This has been 2 days in a row and it's happened before. So to come here and to be shown kindness goes a long way, thank you so very much. I always believed in, tried to bring up my son and tried to live the gplden rule..do unto others. I've failed, I've even gone back and aplogized but I do try to put myself in someone elses place. Some days it's hard to be understanding to mean people...anyway, sorry for going off but really thanks. I have to continue to not retaliate and show some light the best as I can. If I can encourage anyone, it makes me very happy.
Smurfy, I think the combo of not taking my case serious and a bad doctor, it hasn't been pushed. I'm sorry that you have had that many, but it sounds like you did the right thing for yourself. You really have to look out for yourself. I wish you well.