Hi everyone.


Firstly, a little background info:

i am a 24 yr old female. I never had pain nor needed pain meds in my life till I was 19 and got pregnant. My pregnancy from 1-4 months was a breeze, but 5-9 was nothing short of horrible! After the 5 month marker my back began hurting so bad I could barely walk or move. I spent many many hours of the day on the heating pad. I even had to go as far as to attach it to one of those big orange extension cords so I could walk around my house with it. It always has to be on its highest setting because nothing else helps, I ended up having burns on my back from the amount of time I spent on it.


So, I asked my ob/gyn about it, he said that it would go away after I had the baby. So, I took that in stride and dealt with the pain figuring that after I had my daughter things would be fine. Wow, if only. :(

after I had her the pain didnt subside, it got worse, much worse. So much so that the heating pad no longer eases the pain, altho I still spend a great deal of time on it hoping it will. I went to my doctor about a month after having her(july of 2001) and he said that it was my body reverting back to the way it was before I had the baby and the pain would go away in a few months. He cracked my back which he said was very very tight, gave me a prescription for vicodin and sent me on my way.

Well after 8 months of controlling the pain with narcotics it still hadnt gone away. I went back to see my doctor and he said sometimes it takes some women longer than others. He gave me a stronger dose of vicodin and again sent me home to recover. This happended 4 times. I went from vicodin5 to es to hp and finally to percocet. After 2 years I was so angry and in so much pain the drugs were losing their effectiveness because I was taking them so often. He said ok. We'll give you and x-ray and see if anything is out of place.

I went and had the x-ray done and he said he didnt find anything wrong and it was exactly what he told me it was. So six months later after more suffering I was fed up. I switched doctors hoping to find one that could fix my injury. Boy what a mistake that was! Now, not only do I have a doctor who doesnt know what is wrong with me, but he refuses to give me any kind of pain meds to manage the pain. He says that I am too young! Well thats a fine thing to say. Im too young to take the drugs to manage the pain, but i'm apparently old enough to go through the pain! Gee thanks doctor!


The thing that angers me the most is that I think that my doctor suspects since i'm so young that I am making up this pain in order to get the drugs. That is completely wrong. Hell, I switched doctors hoping to find one who could fix my problem rather than hiding it with medication. But I dont see why I should have to suffer this extreme pain while there still is no answer?!!!?


I have no idea what to do now. Switch doctors again? Forget about ever finding help for my condition and try to live with it? As it stands now, I cant do a great many things I wish I could. Playing with my daughter is next to impossible, because if I move, or twist in the wrong way its bedridden time for me. If I lift anything over 10 or so pounds (such as my daughter) a few hours later I am in extreme pain. I am not imagining this pain. Its awful! It feels as tho someone is grabbing me in the middle of my lower back and just ripping me apart from the inside out. It gets so bad that I sweat profusely, yet I shiver uncontrollably which only heightens the pain because the writhes jolt my back. There has to be some explaination for this. Atleast I pray there is. I have so much of my life left to live, and this is no way to live.

I am tired of how I am being treated by doctors. I am tired of being told I am fine. I am not fine. This is not fine. I would really appreciate any comments or advice from anyone who has experienced this or even something simliar. I just have no idea where to go from here. Thank you all in advance.
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replied May 21st, 2005
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You need to go to the emergency room and get them to order an mri or at least prescribe for you some pain meds along with a referal to an orthopedic spine surgeon so that you can get an mri and other tests like discography or mylogram and ct scan.

You shouldnt be living in pain for no reason. The emergency room may be your only hope.
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replied May 21st, 2005
I've been to the er approx 3 times this month alone doubled over. If on occasion I get lucky and get a sympathetic doctor I get pain meds prescribed, but most often I get this witch of a female doctor who prescribes me motrin 800 and darvocet, which is useless for me. Noone has ever even agreed to give me referral to a specialist..
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replied May 21st, 2005
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That is horrible! Is there a chance that you could just call an orthopedic spine doc and make an appt? They might just see you and help you. Its worth a shot.
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replied May 21st, 2005
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Hi there! I am very sorry to hear about your pain and suffering! I know how you feel, I live with pain 24/7. Going to the er a lot is not going to help that much as there is sooo many people that have ruined it for others and that is if you do got to the er a lot they think you are coming for your drug fix and will red line you or whatever they call it and you will not get any heavy narcotics, what I suggest to you is that if you have a primary care physician that you get in and have a serious talk with him and ask him bluntly but nicely to do an mri on your back and get to the bottom of this and then send you to an ortho or a pain management Dr. Because you cannot go on like this.
The best to you!
Sincerely,
sandy
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replied June 6th, 2005
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How are you doing? Hopefuly you found relief!


Finally today I went to a pain management specialist and was given fair treatment to help with my chronic back pain. I was prescribed the duragesic 25 mcg/h patch with percocet 10/325 for break through pain.


I had to go to my regular primary care doctor to get the referal to pain management and today was my first visit with them. The surgeon that did my back surgery had totally abandoned me as far as pain medicine went and I am not within the normal protocol expected but regardless of the amount of pain I would be in the doc had in escence "cut" me off of medicine.

After talking to the pain doc, it seems as though this is normal and because the federal gov't and state gov't here in florida are so hard on doctors that prescribe medicines that many people go on in pain for no good reason other then fear of the system.

Do yourself a favor and demand that your primary doc refer you to pain management and if they will not, just find one and show up and beg to be seen. You will find relief and you will be much better in the long haul.
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replied July 18th, 2005
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Sorry to hear about all of your pain and bad experiences with doctors. I have been through this since I was 7 and now i'm 22. I've done the meds, chiropractic, therapy of all sorts, etc.....I have to say that the best advice that I can give it to switch doctors. I know you've already done that but it's worth searching until you find the right one. I had to do that and it was worth every minute.
Also, be careful with the meds. You don't want to get addicted. There can be life without meds and its better for the bod.
I would find an osteopathic doctor who specializing/practices manipulation. It's much gentler. Also, physical therapy may help.
I hope this helps.
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replied July 19th, 2005
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I am soooo glad you guys are getting help finally as I do know it is hell I live with rsd and ther is not a lot that they can do for me, hopefully the dr that I see on the 3rd of august is supposed to have some experience with rsd and can help turn it around a little as it is starting to spread to other body parts. I guess we all got to just hang tough. Remember that there is a big difference in wanting medication and needing medication and feelin a buzz or feeling it helping the pain. I was on duragesic fentanyl pain patches 100's and they only helped for about one day for a short time
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replied August 18th, 2005
I Am Sooooo Sooooo Sorry For You
I do know how you feel. I started crying when I read the part that said it feels like someone has ripped your spine out. That is how I feel most of the time and I am only 28. I had an accident at work that herniated a disk in my back, but I also had chronic upper back pain as well, so now its my whole damn back that hurts like hell! To top it off I fractured my right ankle bone and tore my left achille's tendon in a workout accident shortly before the lower back injury. So now all of those injuries have become chronic (have been in pain for over 2 years now with very little relief, very few meds). I had to resort to going to a clinic for drug addicts that prescribes suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone), it worked like a charm for exactly 2 months, now it does nothing and I am addicted to it physically, I don't want it, I don't get any relief from it, but when I try to stop taking it, I get sick as a dog! I am having the doctor wean me off of it, cuz i'd rather not be addicted to something that's not helping me. I don't get high from pain meds, my pain eats the meds and I get relief. I am trying so hard right now to find a pain clinic that will try me on duragesic, I have heard that its one of the best pain meds around! I have a couple of friends that have been on it for over a year and they say that it doesn't "wear off" but they do have "breakthrough pain meds". So I would just be happy to have just the patch and worry about other meds only if I find I need them! Well I have to keep this short, I can't type for too long, it kills my neck and I suffer greatly. So I just wanted to say, I know how you feel, don't give up!!! Keep trying different doctors until you find one that will listen to you and help you! Good luck and keep posting so we know how you are doing!

Love and luck;

jaz
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replied February 27th, 2010
L5 S1 REPLACED
Hi
i am 35 yrs old last 2 yrs back i had a surgery of my lower back i hv been opertated on my l5 s1.the surgen removed my disks and replaced artifical ones with screws.i have had pain since then but know i want to get pregnant is it safe for me to have a baby in this condition? pls reply
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