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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 3/30/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
 First let me say hi! I just turned 25 and been having severe pain now for about 2 years. Last week was the first time I was able to see someone about the pain. I went to the ER and as always was in so much pain I could not walk. They thought I was just trying to get some pills but convinced them to run some tests first was an x ray then some reflex tests then I was told I have DDD and spinal stenosis caused by bone spers and sciatica. I am assuming that they are basically all feeding each other to make the others worse..... but anyways I know it is in the lumbar region but I dont know where because they hit me with 3 different pain meds right into the muscles in my back with 2 muscle relaxers and I was incohearent. Now before this I had gone to the hospital to have tests done and was not able to have them for one reason or another. I have  gone through natural labor and this is worse that that ... I cant even get myself across my bedroom to the bathroom let alone take care of my 1 year old.. What do I do about this? What questions do I ask? They gave me an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon but I dont even know whats really going on and right now I am just really scared.

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   Posted 3/30/2011 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jenn,

And Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum! I'm sorry you have been treated so poorly, but it's not uncommon especially for the younger folks in pain. For some reason we are all assumed guilty when it comes to asking for help with pain control. We don't even get a chance to prove ourselves all because a tiny minority choose to abuse the medications.

But with the great advice above I think you are off to a good start. Keep your chin up...things will get better~

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   Posted 3/31/2011 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have anything like your condition, but I want to make sure you know that we are here for you.

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   Posted 3/31/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jenn, I don't suffer from back issues (thank goodness) I know how bad things can get. My Sis has serious back problems and I watch her struggle.

So, I am sorry I have nothing to offer as far as suggestions, but I did want to welcome you to our family! I hope you can get some answers as well as some relief soon. I look forward to reading updates from you. Take care.
Gentle Hugs,

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   Posted 3/31/2011 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Jenn --

I just joined this group yesterday, but I wanted to try to give you as warm a welcome as everyone has given me.

Once you have gotten the answers to the questions that Paula has suggested, see if you can get online and try to do some research about whatever the doctor has told you. (Oh, and take a pad of paper with you to write everything down. In the anxiety of the moment, you may find that you forget what the doctor says.)

When you do a Google search, try to make sure the sites you like at are reliable -- Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, National Institutes of Health (NIH), etc. This link may help:

Then, get a second opinion. If an orthopedist or other doctor suggests surgery, do your due diligence both about the surgery, its side effects and success rate, as well as about the doctor's credentials and whether or not he/she has any complaints or malpractice suits filed agains him/her. If you need help with that, I did it for my own doctor (who was one of the best in the country), and I'll be glad to help out, if I can.

Also, once you've got info from the doc, come back here -- in two days, I've learned a couple of things I hadn't known in three years of trying to learn about my condition.

Mostly, just hang in there. We're all with you. And if you can find ways to distract your mind for now, do it. Play games, watch funny movies, talk to friends. I think you'll find that when your mind is occupied, the pain is less.


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DX: Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, spinal stenosis & compression, bulging disks, headache, osteoarthritis, facet joint pain, tendonitis, genetic condition making me prone to clots, dizziness (from blood thinners). MEDS: Lyrica, Celebrex, amitriptyline, hydrocodone, oxycodone

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   Posted 3/31/2011 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jenn,
Welcome to our little group. Sciatica can cause the symptoms that you are having, which is usually caused by a flare up of the sciatic nerve. Did you lift something heavy lately the wrong way? Is this pain constant or only when you walk? What helps the pain? What makes it worse?
 I'm a bit confused, because DDD and stenosis can not be diagnosed by xray nor by testing your reflexes. Bone spurs that effect the spinal canal would have to be seen on another test, rather than an xray. 
 DDD is by itself usually not a problem, since all of us have it, some worse than others but if you are over the age of 21, you will have some drying out of the discs, it's perfectly normal for most people and it usually doesn't cause pain. That's not to say that it can't for some people but they are usually older and it's due to more drying out of the discs as we get older.
Do you know what pain medications they gave you? It would help to know what they are, so that you can tell the pain management doctor if they surgeon refers you to one.
And the muscle relaxants as well.
The appointment with the surgeon, did they make it for you? That's rather unusual , do you mean they gave you a referral? If so, make sure that he or she is a board certified spinal surgeon, not a general orthopedic surgeon.
Try ice and heat in the meantime. You would be surprised how much they help relieve muscle tension and ease inflammed nerves. The PM doctor will most probably offer injections into the spinal canal to ease the inflammation using steroids. And some anti inflammatory medications to ease the inflammation and pain.
I hope that your appointment is soon and you find some relief. You can also purchase those heat wraps at the drug store, they work really well and last for anywhere between 6-12 hours and those will help alot in the meantime.

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   Posted 4/1/2011 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
     Thanks everyone for your welcome. I have not really had anyone to talk to. Ok here is everything that has happened to since the first time i hurt it. In 2004 I slipped on some ice outside and hit my lowerback on a curb. Pain shot throgh me and i couldnt move. An ambulance was called and I was taken to a hospital where they wanted to do an x-ray but found out i was pregnant with my oldest child. I was sent home and about a week later was able to walk with no pain. Later inmy pregnancy i started to have muscle spasms down my legs while i was walking and I would fall. My family would laugh and call me a clutz so i hid the pain i was in. After my pregnancy I would have times where my back "gave out" on me and figured it was still due to the injury but my husband at the time didnt want to spend "his" money letting me see a doctor. In 2009 I was working and bent down to pick up something and my back completely "gave out" again. I was taken from work to the hospital again where again the wanted to do an x-ray and found out i was pregnant with my second child. Again i went through my pregnancy with the pain but more frequent than before. by mid pregnancy i was homebound. Durring my labor I dint feel the tale tell contractions i felt like ants were biting me all over and it didnt stop until i was given an epidural but by that time i had been decided that my back couldnt handle pushing so i was given a cecerian section. bu the doctor refused to do tests afterward. Within the next 4 months the pain i was feeling moved to my pelvic region and became constant so i was finally given a test.... i Dont know what one it was i cant remember it was a mri or ct, but anyway it showed that i had endometriosis ant it was fast speading so i had to have a hystorectomy. I had my overies uterus and cervix removed and they has to "colect" endometrian tissue from other organs. It was discovered that the doctor that did my c-section had messed up when he was sewing my uterus back together and that was the cause. afterward i no longer had the pain in my pelvic region but the pain in my back was still there and again gaining frequencywhen i bend or sit or walk or ro9ll over the only time it eased but dint go away was while laying down. I guess that I just couldnt hide it anymore so last week my new husband (who is very suportive) insisted hat i go to the ER. they ran the xray an he cme back and told me the diagnosis. He sent me home with percocet 5-325mg and soma 350mg. He did send me home with a referal but the next day i got a call from the surgeons office confirming an appt for 5 months from now for a consult......... aparently they are booked till then. anyways that is my story today pain is not as bad its backto the normal lvl. ive tried ice and it makes it worse but the heat did help some thank you for that suggestion. It is nice to have ppl to talk to about this, ive basically been astranged fro frends and family for a lond time because i cant handle the comments that are made it just made the depression that i was feeling worse. btw i am also bipolar and take Lamictal 200mg, Vistaril 150mg, and prozac 60mg along with ambian 10mg to help me sleep. Thank you chugz btw for the link to the pain journal im sure that it will become very useful.  Ok welll thank you for listening to my rambling, It has been awhile since i have been able to talk to someone.
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