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Dr. s visit didn't go so well

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Today I went to see my back Dr. Because it has been 2 months since I had nerves burned in my low back...facet joint syndrome... and I still have pain! After some "bend this way and that" he says the facet pain is fixed this is another issue. He things a disk or disks have become sensitized, their not supposed to be and this could be causing the chronic pain. OK WHY COULDN'T THIS JUST BE SIMPLE FOR ONCE! My options he says are limited...pain management with medication or fusion. Of course fusion is not really an option; age and all that. Fine by me! Disk replacemen is usually only covered by workers comp. and not insurance companies cuz it's a faster and more perminate way to to keep the work force working. I work from home..self employed and all that. I finish with more questions just so I'm clear and leave to cry in the car and all the way home :'( My poor husband thought I was in an accident or something! "No, I'm just not going to be able to get better!" I was devistated! After calming down and my husband telling me rationally that I still need to speak with my primary back Dr. and shouldn't jump to conclusions about not ever being pain free. So I'm going to make an appointment for a message, go see my chiropractor and then my primary doc. I will get better! I'm just not there yet but I am making progress!

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KAZINMICH 3/14/2011 11:17AM

    I am so sorry about your lousy news. There must be options! I have disk issues with my lower lumbar region - a herniated disk, bulging disk and ruptured disk. I also have disk degeneration disease. At one point in my 20's I hurt my back and had to be brought to the hospital by ambulance from work. I went through physical therapy. I've had back pain off/on, some spasms, and some shooting pains down the legs. I bought a new fully latex bed a couple years ago and that helped tremendously, plus I still do my physical therapy exercises - those help a great deal. I have more good days then bad days. I also had to stop going to a chiropractor because I started having issues after doing that for a while. At first it helped, but later down the road my arms would go numb later in the day, and other weird nerve issues. But I still do have more good then bad days, so there is hope. Learn what muscles you can strengthen in your back, and the exercises to strengthen them. Talk to them about physical therapy options too. Since I couldn't afford to keep going, they gave me a handout of the workouts specific to my back that I took home and did on my own.

I wish you the best, I know back pain is the worst!!!!

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DAWNMARIES 3/12/2011 4:11PM

    I, too, am so sad to hear your news and frustration. I completely agree with the naturalist/herbalist/accupunturist. I really think there is a truth to eastern medicine. I would also suggest trying some essential oils. I can recommend some, if you are interested. I use them a lot for several different things and have always had positive results. Stay well and you will get better!

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THEMANDIKAT 3/12/2011 10:48AM

    I'm so sorry you're getting such lousy news!

I know an incredible herbalist/chinese therapist/acupuncturist in the cities that might actually be able to help you... I've seen her do wonders in my time (I worked for her for four years, and she's INCREDIBLE at pain management).

Seriously do consider it. I can give her your information any time. She's not free, but she's certainly cheaper than a doctors' visit (and I think she even works with some insurance agencies.)

emoticon I hope you feel better!! Don't EVER lose hope!

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JANTWO 3/12/2011 12:30AM

    I do hope you get better real soon!!!! emoticon

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