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Over a year of chronic back pain

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13 months ago, I started to have severe pain in my hip and back. Went and saw a chiropractor in June. Chiro did her thing, poping etc, gave me a heel lift for my right shoe. This made things much worse. After a couple more months of agony, I went to see my family practitioner. She had me go in for an MRI.

I followed up with a neurosurgeon who told me that I have mild disc degenerative disease and minor bulges. He said no surgery, and sent me to a spine and pain specialist. I underwent several rounds of epidural shots, and hip injections with no avail. Also was put on Neurontin, with no relief. Pain kept getting worse.

MRI with contrast in my hip was done, showing minor labrum tear. I was sent to a joint and bone doctor who said that that my joints and bones were fine. He sent me an orthopedic surgeon who sent me back to the spine and pain doctor. Another epidural, this one a nerve blocker that YEAH finally took away 75% of my pain for an hour! Lyrica precribed, with no relief. MBSR also researched, as I was told this could be psychosomatic. Another MRI and a couple appointments later, I am devestated.

I was told today that I have anular tears in L3, L4, and L5 along with L5/S1 nerves being conjoined. Was informed that I will have to live with the pain for the rest of my life, and that I should seek out pain schooling to teach me how to be normal and ignore the pain.

There has got to be something that can be done. No pain meds are being prescribed, and my pain is excrutiating. Pain is the first thing I think of in the morning, and the last thing I think of at night.

Help?!?!
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replied March 29th, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
hi....
i know what you mean about the pain being on your mind all the time.
dont give up finding a surgeon who can handle your issue. take a peek at this bit of research by the american academy of neurosurgeons...


even if surgery not an option there are treatments like the spinal cord stimulator and the morphine pain pump. at least the dr found out about cojoined nerves. many times they dont know about it and therefore have trouble during surgery. but now they will know what they are dealing with and will do their best to repair the problem.....best of luck....pete
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replied March 30th, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
hi....
there are surgical solutions. take a peek at the link i will send you.....pete
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replied March 30th, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
the link brings you to a site run by neurosurgeons. it claims a study showed 7 out of 8 pationts returned to work after having hemilaminectomy, discectomy and pediculectomy to cure lumbar problems caused by conjoined lumbar nerve roots. you should consult with neurosurgeon who specializes on spine. he will see if you are candidate for procedure....pete
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replied April 1st, 2010
Thank you for the info...researching a lot on my own and trying to find a doctor in my state that may help!
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replied April 2nd, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
hi....start with the big teaching hospitals.....pete
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replied April 2nd, 2010
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Why aren''t they prescribing pain meds? You should ask them for that or a strong anti-inflammatory. Also, try the Lidocain patches and a good muscle relaxer. Soma has saved me from the tightness & burning pain I got in my legs. Im not addicted to it and only take it when It gets bad for a couple of days. I have not problem stopping the med and dont know why it has such a bad rap but I guess everyone is different. Have you tried Icing the painful areas as well?
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replied April 3rd, 2010
Yeah, icing the areas, heat therapy sometimes, TENS Unit, blah. LOL. Thank you for the information all, still searching for answers!
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