Bad low back pain

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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/17/2012 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok here's my ordeal. Maybe someone can help me.

My lower back pain started 2 weeks ago, a couple days after that it felt like I had to go to the bathroom ALL THE TIME. It doesn't hurt when I go, just have the need to go all the time.

After a week, I went to the doctor. Without even checking to see if I had a UTI, he prescribed an antibiotic and also a muscle relaxer and ibuprofen.

That was last Friday, by wednesday I was still in major back pain. The medicine not working at all and still have the urge to go to the bathroom. I got back in to see the doc where they finally did a urine test, guess what? No infection. And he prescribed Tramadol for the back pain which is maybe only helping like 10% if that. I don't think the other medication is doing a darn thing. Then why do I still have this back pain? Are they related? Doc doesn't seem to think so, I think otherwise. He sent the urine for a culture test, and to have xray of my back done. Both came back fine. I'm still in sooooo much back pain. Overnight is most difficult, between the last two nights I have only gotten a good 3 hours of sleep. Now the doctor wants me to see a urologist since I still have the urgency to go all the time. I had to find out my culture test results from my chart on line. They couldn't call to tell me and now I have to wait all the way til monday to contact the doctor back regarding my back.. I seriously think and so do family and friends that I need an MRI on my back done. I'm tempted to go the the ER, but that would just be a waiting game and probably would not get anywhere.

So being the worry wart that I am I have been looking on line regarding my symptoms to see what this could possibly be. It seems that there is a connection between having a herniated disc along with bladder problems. I'm kind of thinking this is the issue, but am just so unsure. Im tired of taking all this useless medication. I've already been off of work for 6 days, am supposed to go back to work Monday. There is just no way I would be able to go back to work with all this pain.

Any help, suggestions, advice or concerns from anyone would be very much greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 2/19/2012 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi No Relief,

I'm not sure what is going on with you... with the pain issues, urgency and so forth. Maybe others will be others to give you some ideas. That being said, if the pain is bad enough over the weekend - by all means, go in to the ER. They might have other ideas or do further testing. We know our bodies the best.... and, if you feel like something is going on, I'd encourage you to be proactive and "push" until you figure it out.

I'm sorry you are going through all of this - and I hope you get an answer!


White Beard
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   Posted 2/20/2012 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
No relief
Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum! Your condition does sound uncomfortable to say the least! There are allot of things that can be causing your problems, yes it could be a bad disk or nerve impingement, or possibly a strained muscles that are spasming, or a host of other things.  But to be sure only a good doctor can do the test and find out what is going on! I can sense the frustration that you have in your writing, and I must admit I think your frustration is justified. But so often with these tpye of symptoms, doctors often act slowly and have a kind of wait and see attitude. As often thes symptoms are just temporary and subside and go away on their own. I know that does not help you very much, as like most of us we want our pain to be gone right now! And urgency is a very uncomfortable feeling just in its self!
If you are not satisfied with your Doctors actions, could you possibly go to another doctor for a second oppinion? Also if you develop any problems with incontinences make sure you go to your ER immediately. If nothing else talk with your doctor and explain your uneasyness with his treatment and ask for a referral to another Doctor. You know going to a urologist is not such a bad idea either, as they also are familiar with what nerves are involved in the urinary process and might be of help getting to the bottom of what is going on. If it is your back that is causing your problems your urologist would also be able to order a MRI and  further testing, to find out what the problem is.
I know it is frustrating for you, as most of the people here do understand your frustration and can definitely empathize with you! You know we definitely can not fix you as we are not doctors, but we can empathize with you and give you our support and what advice we might have for you. But we are always here and are more than willing to lend you our ears so please do not hesitate to vent! You are not alone when you are here on this forum!
I wish you well and hope you continue to post and let us know how things are going for you!
Good Luck to You
White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!

No relief
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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/20/2012 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok so here is my latest update.

Saw my doctor again today, and he does not deem it necessary to do an MRI. Wants me to go through physical therapy first and keep taking meds. Urine test from emergency room...he got those results and it did show a bit of blood in my urine but the doctor does not seem to be concerned. He said he wants to get my back situation under control. So I have to tell myself if he's not worried about it, then I shouldn't be, right? Then why still the urgency to go all the time and still not getting any relief? I pray to God the physical therapy works. I go back to work Thursday night, for a week of overnights of course. I hope I can get through it.
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