Chronic back pain.... HELP!

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   Posted 8/23/2011 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,

I'm new to this forum, and I didn't know who else to ask, so I thought I'd join.

In 2009 I had a motorcycle accident and fractured t2, t3 and t4 in the thoracic spine. The doctors have given me muscle relaxants (robaxin 750) and nsaids (neproxine).

No matter what the hospital does or gives me, nothing will reduce the pain for long term, or they wear out after about 3 months. The medication above now won't work.

What should I do? I feel the doctors are messing me about to be honest.

Thanks for reading


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   Posted 8/23/2011 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you seeing a pain management doctor, or just seeing a general medical doctor? I'm not sure what your situation is, but if the injury is causing you chronic pain you should probably see a PM doctor. Without being nasty, you might also want to stress to your doctor that the medication you're on/taking doesn't seem to be helping at all and that you need an alternative.

I'm sort of going through a similar situation right now; hopefully you can find something that helps you!

oh, and welcome to the forums!

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   Posted 8/23/2011 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in the same boat - I have had severe chronic pain all over my body for 3 1/2 years. I was in an accident which caused all sorts of problems and have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia which really compounds my pain. I have tried over 20 painkillers and since I also have celiac disease cannot use NSAIDs. So far absolutely nothing has provided any relief whatsoever. But my doctor and I are still working at various cocktails - hopeully we will come up with something soon for this unforgiving pain! I hope for the same for you.

Have you tried acupuncture, massage, laser, cortisone injections?
Back injury 2007 with 3 herniated discs, IT band syndrome, myofascial pain, DDD.
Rotator cuff injury both shoulders.
Rheumatoid arthritis back.
Diagnosed with Celiac Disease February 2011.
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia April 2011.
Insomnia forever but worse the past few years due to pain and discomfort.

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   Posted 8/23/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
First off, if you do not have a primary care physician you need to find one. ER doctors and doctors at walk in clinics really are not going to do much for you.

If you have a regular doctor, or when you get one, explain what happened, what you are going through and ask for help. From there you can be referred to specialists if need be.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 8/23/2011 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Josh,
I'm so sorry about your pain, but I'm glad you found us.  I'm fairly new here and I have found some very caring and non-judgemental folks on this forum.
It sounds to me like you are way under-treated for such an injury, but that's just my opinion.  If you are not getting relief with your current med regime, I think you should talk to your doctor (hopefully you have a primary care physician...or PCP as you will often see here) and ask for a referral to a pain management physician.  I have been treated by my PCP for about 5 years for my back pain issues, but I finally got to where my current meds are no longer relieving my pain.  I am now awaiting my first appointment with a pain management doc, which will be on the 29th this month.  I think this will be your best option.  If you don't have a recent MRI, I would encourage you to ask your physician for one, so that you can have it available for PM if you do see one.
Good luck, Josh, and I hope you find some relief soon.
DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis

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   Posted 8/23/2011 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and Welcome,

I don't have much information to add to the recommendations, but I'd like to welcome you to HW and to let you know that we understand. Back pain is something many of us suffer from in various ways. It sometimes takes a very long time to find the correct physician and then to develop the relationship needed for trust. It goes both ways, of course, so finding someone "permanent" who understands backs is an excellent beginning (after the primary care physician). If you don't have one of these already, you will need someone to do the referrals to the other specialists that you may need to see.

Many of us have found that we began with a back injury and have developed quite a few more medical conditions since. This can be from the chronic pain we experience and can result in anything from depression and anxiety to serious feet problems. Nobody can accurately predict what will come next, but a good primary physician will know how to lead you for the best results.

Please stick around and keep us advised of your progress. It's a lovely family atmosphere here and all are welcome, whethere they need support or can give support.

All my best.
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   Posted 8/23/2011 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
As Jim said above, you should at the very least get a primary care physician. I went to the ER once for this and all they gave me was a muscle relaxer. I think it was actually the same one you mentioned in your post. It didn't help at all because I was experiencing nerve pain due to the herniated disc, and so the relaxer didn't do much other than just sort of make me sleepy.

I was also on Naproxen, but I just couldn't deal with the side effects. I had acid-reflux constantly, and I would usually get heartburn right after taking it. (And that was even under the best conditions of eating as I took the medicine, etc.) I have no real history of acid reflux, but that stuff really tore me up for whatever reason! (It also just didn't really help at all, so there was no reason to be taking it in my case.)

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   Posted 8/23/2011 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Josh and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am very glad that you found us, but so sorry that you have to be here.

As you can see we do have a great group of people here and they do understand when you say you have pain. I really do not have anything else to add , the others seem to have covered everything very well. Like Jim said, you need a primary care dr to start with, ER drs cannot and will not treat your problems the way they need to be looked at.

I do hope that you will hang around and be an active member. Please let us hear from you again and welcome aboard.
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   Posted 8/23/2011 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Josh Welcome to our chronic pain family. As you can see there are a lot of caring and sympathetic people here. I don't have anything to add to what the others have said except I know where you're coming from with the pain, I have back problems that cause me chronic pain as well. Take care. I hope you're able to get a better hold on your pain control soon.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 8/24/2011 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I have back pains too. Constantly. From ankylosing spondylitis. I was by my GP and rheumatologist given a lot of strong medications, until I years later were sent to a pain management specialist. My medications were changed and I was recommended to try a TENS unit. I had no faith in it, but the machine worked and have cut my daily pain killer intake drastically down. The lower dosage of medications have other positive effects as I'm sure you know. So I suggest you follow the above advise and get a primary physician and get to see a pain specialist. And that you talk to them about trying a TENS unit. Many places will lent you one before you buy. They don't all deliver what they promise, so if the first model does little or no good try another one. But again, some it helps, some it doesn't, so don't buy one without talking to a doctor that knows you entire story first. (And if you do buy one, don't get fooled by the expensive and fancy ones that have a ton of features, the best one I ever had cost around 75au$, and the expensive one I bought because I thought it was better is the worst piece of junk ever.)

Best of luck
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