I am new to the forum with neck & back problems.

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   Posted 6/5/2012 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I’m new here. I’ve been lurking for a few months and I feel like I already know many of you so I figured it was time to introduce myself. I’m 38 and I’ve had back problems ever since I can remember, but it was usually ok after 800mg of ibuprofen. Well for the past 2 years the pain has gotten worse and worse to the point where I was walking hunched over.

So my regular family doctor, who is also a retired DO , gives me Celebrex, tramadol and butrans patch for the pain, which didn’t help; orders me an x-ray, not really thinking anything will show up but is required before an MRI can be ordered. Well the x-ray showed “TRANSITIONAL LUMBOSACRAL SEGMENT IS SUGGESTED WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE DEGENERATIVE DISK DISEASE AT THE LEVEL TAKEN AS L3-L4 AND L4-L5 WITH ENDPLATE SCLEROSIS AND OSTEOPHYTE FORMATION AND MODERATE FACET OSTEOARTHROPATHY. THERE IS A TRANSITIONAL LEFT LUMBOSACRAL SEGMENT WITH ARTICULATION OF THE TRANSITIONAL SEGMENT AND THE SACRUM (bertolloti syndrome). He tells me that in his 40 years of practice as a DO, he’s never seen a case of bertollotti syndrome, so he prescribes Percocet with a referral to pain management.

I also had a neck x-ray which showed “degenerative changes at c-5 c-6 with disk space narrowing and spurring and some uncovertebral spurring. (neck hurts worse than the back some days)
So I go the pain management doctor, he wants to do injections, which I can’t afford just yet due to insurance deductibles and he is understanding about this. He takes over meds and gives me Percocet 10/325 3x a day, baclofen 3x a day, and ibuprofen 3x a day. I also use my heating pad before bed and before I get out of bed LOL. I use that Ben Gay lotion that you keep in the freezer. (Man that stuff is incredible!)

Anyway, that’s my story. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Have a good evening if possible.

I added a heading to your post to get more attention....Susie

Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 6/5/2012 5:54:30 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/5/2012 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
HI there....

Welcome to the boards!...

Are they going to still do the MRI's on your neck and back? Usually they never accept a firm diagnosis of disc issues with just an x-ray as it doesn't show things like an MRI does.

about 80% of spine issues will be able to be resolved without having surgery...

So I hope they follow through on this so you can be treated accordingly. That is good that this PM Dr. is helping you with medication...

As I'm sure you have read on here....treating actual spine issues takes a really good comprehensive program.

Including things like:

Physical Therapy
TENS unit
Aqua therapy
Daily exercise

And then with many disc issues...a nerve pain medication can help a lot as the Percocet is just meant to "dull" the pain and the baclofen is a muscle relaxer.

So hopefully they will continue to truly diagnose what is going on and make sure surgery is not an option and then work with you on a plan in addition to the medication...

Glad you joined us:) We can all certainly empathize with living with chronic pain!
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   Posted 6/5/2012 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again,

I probably should have included that thankfully i don't have much nerve pain. I do get painful "sparks" so to speak but it usually only lasts a few seconds, i feel bad for those of you that have it constantly, it must be living heck. The muscle pain is in my neck mostly. I did try Cymbalta but my blood pressure got way too high (180/109). (i have high blood pressure anyway and take cozaar for that).

But no they haven't ordered an MRI yet, I'm still pretty new in my diagnosis. I have only been with the pain doctor for 3 months.

Thanks for the welcome 8-)

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   Posted 6/5/2012 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi alsoinpain Welcome to our chronic pain board. As you can see, there are a lot of caring and supportive people on here. I hope you're having a low pain evening.

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   Posted 6/5/2012 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi also, sure is nice to meet you. I do not have much to say this evening just wanted to welcome you.
Take care

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   Posted 6/5/2012 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm off to bed... but just wanted to welcome you to the forum.... :)

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