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couchtater
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   Posted 9/6/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
15 years ago I was in an auto accident. I pinched a nerve in my back. For six months I would be walking along and suddenly my leg would give way in a painful spasm that traveled from my lower back down my leg.
I suffered for many years with having a dull ache in my back that would come and go in waves of spasms. Six years after the accident I fell in a hole and twisted my back. I was on pain meds for about 4 months and used a cane for about a month.
The doctor said I had a hernia disk, degenative disk, and OA. Most days I just need two advails to help me.
I've always had stiffness and occasional spasms that come out of nowhere. However, for the last few months I've been waking up in intense pain. Instead of only my lower spine aching, my whole spine is inflamed. I can't stand to touch it.
I found out the pain comes on days that I sleep longer than 6:00am. I'm so sleepy from not beening able to sleep longer than 7 hours (I have sleep apnea and sleep with a CPAP).
I don't know what to do. smhair
 
My name's Joy, but I'm not feeling it today. cry
 
My list of complaints: Sleep apnea, asthma, GERD, Glaucoma, High Cholesterol, chronic back pain from auto accident, Hypothyroidism, and allergic to everything.

Chartreux
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   Posted 9/6/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
You need to get into a good doctor as soon as possible, get some mri's or testing done...
but for now try an ice pack...try a consult with a good neurosurgeon near you to see what
is going on at least....
Hope this info helps and that you get a low pain day soon...
Lots and lots of soft hugz for now, there are other that'll come up with better advise..
nice to meet you and sure wish it was under better circumstances, like having a
no pain day, but maybe in the future as I'm a wishful thinker...
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Joy))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
hugz
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White Beard
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   Posted 9/6/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Joy

It sure sounds like your two Advils a day isn't handling your pain! I think Chart is right you neeed to get to a good Doctor and have some more test run and maybe be referred to a good pain specialist to at least get your pain under control. I know how difficult it is to get adequate sleep when you have sleep apnea! I also have it, I have Complex Sleep Apnea and I use the VPAP ASV machine with supplemental O2. That right there is a challenge to sleep with, and then add back pain and leg pain and muscle spasms to the mix and well,.......... that really causes BIG problems! I can totally empathize with you! So if it helps you any, Please know that YOU are not alone with this! You know I can not sleep laying flat on my back and laying on my side puts my arms and hands to sleep so I have to sleep in Fowlers position ( sitting up reclining position) I have an adjustable bed, and all during the night I just press a button on my wireless remote and raise or lower the head or the foot of my bed just a little to get it mor comfortable! Maybe if you had something like that you would be able to sleep a bit longer, I know that adjustable beds are expensive, ( I have two extra long singles side by side in a super King sleigh bed frame) so each one can be individually adjusted. That might be something to consider too! Anything to help relieve your pain and make sleeping more comfortable. Anyway I don't remember seeing you post here before, so even if you have posted here before, I am going to Welcome you here to this Chronic Pain Forum. Hate to hear that your in pain, but glad your here on our forum! Hope you stick around and become a part of our family, we have the absolutely best people here, kind, caring compassionate folks that will help and support you!

Good Luck to You!

White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


couchtater
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   Posted 9/6/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a MRI about 5 years ago. That's when my doctor said I had OA, hernia disk, and degenative disk. I got pain meds for a few months and then weaned myself off. I didn't like the feelings they gave me. I'm allergic to the contrast material they use in MRI, so I have to be careful about that. skull
 
WB- I can't sleep on my back for long, so I sleep mostly on my sides. I was born with a knotted tendon on the right side of my neck so I can't sleep long on that side either. shakehead
 
 
For my sleep test they put me in a hospital bed to adjust my head level for my GERD. I was extremely uncomfortable all night. The next day I could barely walk for the pain.
 
A flat bed works best for me with the head elevated by bed risers. I go through matteress faster than a box of chocolates. I can't seem to find one to hold up for more than 5 years. After the pillow part flattens I start feeling like I'm sleeping on rocks. shocked
 
People keep telling me if I lose some weight I'll feel better. I admit I'm 100 pounds overweight. But how am I going to lose weight if I can't exercise without aggrevating my back? confused
If I walk more than a mile and faster than a casual stroll I'm so cramped up it takes days to feel better. rolleyes
 Forget about weight lifting it kills me. I love water exercises, but I don't own a pool and can't afford to join the local water gym. A home pool is out of the question.$$$$$
 
 
I've mentioned my back pain to my new PCP and he just kind of ignored it. He was more worried about my Hypothyroidism and pre-diabetes. He thinks my back pain is coming from my hypo. which is a possible symtom. I tried to tell him about the accident, but he said just one moment and left the room never to return. I was so mad! mad
 
I have to go back for a refill on my thyroid medication tomorrow and am debating on switching doctors again. I left my old doctor this past summer because his office is so inepted (long story) and he wouldn't listen to me. This new doctor seems just as bad if not worse.
 
I have no idea what to do. smhair
 
There is a large city nearby (40 miles away) that has several major hospitals and tons of doctors. I just hate trying to find a good doctor. Anyone know a good doctor in Athens, GA?
 
Joy
 
 
 

White Beard
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   Posted 9/6/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Joy
 
It is difficult finding a good doctor, but it is allot worse having a bad one! It sure sounds like you need to be looking for a new and better one! There is no reason for you to have to put up with being in pain! I wish I could say something that would help you,  but if nothing else I am here and I can listen.  I do know how hard it is to get comfortable and sleep at night. I can't tell you the number of times I wake up in the night just for pain. Of course my sleeping is a lot better now that  I am being treated for sleep apnea, but even that has its draw backs. And that in its self is a major challenge to sleep with! I do wish you well Joy and hope you find the special Doctor!
 
Good Luck
 
White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/7/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Joy-
My wife is also Hypothyroid and has been dealing with leg, feet and back pain for a couple years. They figured it was from her thyroid also. We switched doctors about a year ago and she finally asked about these pains and he did a B-12 test. Turns out she is severely B-12 deficient and has to get injections starting this week. Not sure if it relates to you, but just wanted to let you know since they are blaming the hypothyroid on so much.
Got to agree with everyone else though. You need to get back to a doctor who will recheck your back. Sure sounds like it is getting worse to me.

Take care,
Bill

couchtater
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   Posted 9/7/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother has B-12 anemia. I wonder.......

Joy
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