Welcome to our HW Family. CP has no age discretion, there are several very young people on our site who have been dealing with pain for quite some time.
I am so sorry that you are having problems! From what you have posted has either of your Drs suggested you might have Sciatica? Have you gone for a 2nd opinion? In my experience Xrays alone do not always give enough information to make a diagnosis. Definitely go back to your PCP and tell him the symptoms are not getting better, if it were me I would mention having an MRI!
There are lots of other therapies available but you need to find out what the cause is first.
Keep us posted and again welcome!
What is the youngest age at which you or someone you know started to experience CP?
I don't know? These guys are only chronic pain patients I know?? For me though was around 23yrs old
What is the longest that a moderate to severe pain has remained without the cause being diagnosed?
Dont feel bad about the "we don't know" I get that alot too, many years. I am 29yrs old now.It bothers me quite a bit that the cause is unknown, should I request an MRI in order to find out more?
I think that depends on your insurance? or I think you can pay out of pocket for one. But I never had one done until I was sent to spine specialist in 2008. He had a huge list of tests he wanted done and people he wanted me to see, MRI was one of the tests.My doctor mentioned opiate painkillers, but I don't want to just treat the symptoms while leaving the cause behind.
Did you tell your doctor that? Just like you said here? I understand, me too. Plus I have to have my witts about me. I have lil children so.. My doctors completly understand
Are there any treatments that I may recommend to my doctor or chiropractor that are not so superficial?
I started having problems with my back when I was about 20...I am now 42. Through the years I have had bulging discs, herniated discs, ruptured discs, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, nerve damage....I have had 2 back surgeries...I was recently told that my spinal stenosis was inherited from my father who also had it, and had back surery when I was only about 3....
Having CP is horrible...Not only do we suffer with the pain, we also suffer the stigma from the public because we take pain meds. We are a close knit family here who welcomes all who suffer....We all know what we are talking about, although we are not experts...
Welcome and good luck, Me.
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Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 10 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
The reason I made the comment of getting the PCP to order the MRI is because when I called to schedule my appointment with the NS and Neurologist both, they wanted the films on CD and results in hand before they would see me! They let me schedule the appt but if the results weren't ready we would have to move the appt to a later date.