Back Pain Questions and Answers
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Q: My 94 yr.old Mother has been diagnosed with a fracture of the L4 vertebrae. Her pain has been incredible and so far very little has been effective to lessen it. I have bugged her doctor and have had Vicodin (every 6 hrs with 2-3 ibuprofen)for a week and now she is using lactoderm (every 12 hours). However, neither gave her much relief. What would you suggest I do...I'm ready to take her to the ER and let them deal with it, but I know she really doesn't want to go. Thanks, Pat

Q: Am a 19 year old African boy . I am slim and tall, weighing 59 kgs.In 2005 while in highschool i started experiencing back pain on the right side around T7 just inferiomedial to the scapula and parallel to the spine. the pain was of sudden onset, dull in character, non radiating, severe of pain which i can rate as 6 on a scale of 1- 10. i was relieving it partially by asking a fellow student to stand one leg on the area 4 a few minutes. it was aggravated by sitting while leaning forward. Two years later in 2007, the pain had gotten worse and could not be relieved by a person standing on my back or even drugs (i was taking ibrufen). i visited the central hospital where i was referred for physiotherapy. the physiotherapy was done with heat and massage but this did not change the frequency and during the physiotherapy, it felt itchy on the area with heat applied and with massage it was as if there was a gap in the muscles and the massage there was a bit painful.

Since then i tried to live with it by just trying to adapt to it. In march this year the pain has gotten worse and severity has increased from 6 to 7. At about the same time i noticed that my right leg became painful, the pain was mostly affecting he area from the knee to the ankle. Mostly the joints which felt weak and the back leg. The pain was dull aching.Wearing shoes and walking a distance of about 2km of which i did everyday made it worse.It was not relieved by ibrufen. In may, (2 months later) i started having problems with my urination. i was urinating frequently i.e 3 times in the morning, 4 times in the afternoon and 8 times in the night. there was no pain on urination, no blood in urine and the urine most of the times yellow. the bowel habits were normal. This stopped about a month ago. i also noted that i was always thirst when i took a batch and my skin the leg with pain became itch around the thigh. i also noted that i get pain and tired easily when i carry a grocery bag in right hand for more than 5 minutes.

I have tried ibrufen, codeine, dexamethasone but they all don't relieve the pain. for the frequent urination i tried ciprofloxaccin and amoxyllin which did not work. right now as i write i have back pain and the area is swollen, leg pain, i feel like there is a lump in the esophagus which clears on coughing. i have small (0.6cm) lymph nodes in groin (3 bilaterally), left axilla(1), right neck(1). just of note: i do not take alcohol or smoke, i do not do much sports as i play volleyball irregularly. there is no history of any back disease in our family. what could this be, please help. Wellington

Q: I have lower back pain for 2 years now, it's all the time. Noticeably, when I bend backwards, the hip area to its sides are more painful. Also, I have chest pain on my back, all the time and for 2 years as well. All this began when I had pain in my throat, like constantly getting choked. One day it went to my chest, a line of pain from my throat to my chest was felt. This was about a year and a half ago. I'm not sure when, but the chest pain moved from the front to the back and has stayed there ever since. I have gone to see numerous doctors, and the only conclusive diagnosis is that I have hiatal hernia, after having a endoscopy. I've had the treatment of medications, but nothing has worked. I thought I could have urinary tract infection, because I can't tell if it is back pain, or womb pain. But my urination does not hurt. And I have take UTI treatment pills, but the pain is still here to stay. I'm sorry this is so long mail, if you could narrow any suspicions as to what am I really suffering from, it would be like night and day for me. Living with pain every second is worse than dying. I am 32years old and female. Thank you for reading. Lyn

Q: Dear Sensei, I have now been struggling with sciatic pain and other neurological problems for almost two years and am feeling desperate at this point. I had actually started considering whether some of the pain could be psychological before I came across your web-site but I am not really sure how to deal with my problems.

Basically my story started with an ectopic pregnancy in 2008. I didn't actually know that I was pregnant at the time although we were trying for a baby and the doctors were less than helpful in diagnosing the problem. In fact I had to battle with them to take me seriously, partly because the pregnancy tests were negative. Overall it was a very scary, traumatic and painful experience. I lost half of my fertility (a fallopian tube was removed) and have not been able to get pregnant again.

The sciatic back pain began immediately after the surgery in my left buttock with pain radiating down my left leg. This has subsequently got worse with numbness under my foot. A few month after the surgery I was also diagnosed with a condition of the eye called Adies syndrome. This is a neurological disorder, which means that the pupil of the eye can no longer adapt to light. Furthermore I have lost all reflexes on my knees and ankles and this has been a gradual process. Four months after the surgery I still had a knee-jerk reflex in the left knee but this had gone a few months later. I have had an MRI scan of my back and there was no evidence of any disc problems. I also had key hole surgery to see if there were any adhesions/scarring that could cause some of the pain. Everything looked normal except a tiny spot of endometriosis that was removed. I am now going to have some more neurological tests done to investigate the link between the eye and back problem but I am not ver y hopeful this will help.

I have just been signed off work for a short while because of stress. I am due to start IVF treatment and am very anxious and worried about the procedure. Also my Adies pupil and sciatica have got quite bad in the last week. My pupil is very dilated and I have been having problems reading. I should probably also add that I have suffered with eczema and hay fever since I was a child, so I do have some issues with my immune system which doesn't function properly.

I would be very interested in your view on my condition. I am reluctant to spend anymore money on treatment for my sciatica. I have tried physiotherapy, osteopathy and acupuncture but to no avail. My gut feeling is that some of this pain is from the emotional trauma that I experienced but I don't know whether reading a book is actually going to be sufficiently helpful. I would very much appreciate any advice you may be able to give me. Best regards, Birgitte

Q: Hello again I have a quick question. Do you think that male hair loss can be contributed to the mindbody connection? Since males tend to have different personalities than women. Seeing as doctors have gotten it wrong with most back pain cases do you think hair loss could be the same symptom of TMS with lack of oxygen and blood? Dan

Q: Hi! I'm 44 yrs old male and was in a ATV accident 6 yrs ago. I fractured many bones in my body and was in the Hospital for 7 days. What i'm dealing with still is my shoulder and my lower back. I fractured the left Scapula and have a Compression fracture on L1-T11. The fracture on my back is stable. I have done anything from Facet injection, trigger point inj, botox inj, numerous phys. therapy and have been on anything from Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, Fentanyl,S oma, Baclofen and various muscle relaxers. I'm currently on Vicodin 10mg up to 8 tablets in 24 hours. I developed a tolerance to the Vicodin so its not working very much anymore. My biggest problem with my back is severe muscle spasms on my left lower side. I get spasms when driving a car or just sit or stand to long but also when trying to be active with various things. I'm at the end of my rope here and i have seen numerous Doctors on this. I'm currently in Pain management and they are giving me the Vicodin. I have had pretty much all the Doc's tell me they can help me but still have this awful pain. Hopefully this is something you might have a cure for but i'm very skeptical about everything now because i been thru this no for 6 yrs. Thanks, Kent

Q: I have read about sciatica pains and its relations with the mind. How should it be managed and eventually eliminated. Thanks Wanyiri

Q: Hi I'm in my early 40s and I was just diagnosed with DDD at L3-L4. I'm asked to take GLUCOSAMINE sulphite 500MG, CHONDROITIN sulphite 400MG, MSM (methylsulfonymethane) 400 mgm to help. I have also started back strengthening exercises and trying to cope by adjusting lifestyle (standing, sitting, avoid lifting heavy objects etc) My question is I already have slight continue pain and will this worsen as I age? Regards, Don

Q: Hi, Have a compressed wedge fracture to the T6 vertebra, T7-8-9 bulging discs and the T9 is ruptured. I have pain that stems from between my shoulder blades, into my neck and at times causes my left arm to tingle to the stage of becoming numb and feeling extremely heavy, the pain radiates predominately down my left side into my lower back and on occasion down my left leg. When I am in bed of a night I often am awoken with debilitating pain in my lower back to the extent that I wake screaming and cant turn or move, it is as if my back has seized. I guess what I am asking is this normal pain for what my diagnosis is? I am booked in to have a nerve block today into the T9 area so make certain that this is where the pain is stemming from, before my neurosurgeon decides what the next step shall be. Hoping you can give me some insight. Kym

Q: Hi,I am Akash, read your blog and I guess you can suggest me as I am suffering with low back pain since last 3 days. I am doing some back exercises also 2 times in a day but still getting pain.I can't even sit in the office. Please suggest me what must i do for this? Regards, Akash

Q: I fell at work last November and since then Ive been on pain relief, but in July i had injections in the bottom of my spine, the doctor then found out that my coccyx had fractured, snapped off altogether, its still in my back. Would i have to have an operation for this to be removed? Rachell

Q: Hi,10 days ago I had a partial lamenectomy at the L4 and 5 to remove a synovial cyst that had me in severe pain for several months. The surgery was an instant cure for the horrible nerve pain. I am a healthy and very active woman and am wondering when I can safely drive. The outer incision has healed. thanks so much. Carolyn

Q: I'm a reader of your website from New Zealand. I injured my lower back four months ago and have been struggling for diagnosis and effective treatment. Four and a half months ago I (not so sensibly) picked up a box after visiting a craft fair. It was a heavy box and I carried it to my car and heaved it into my boot. I could feel my back getting sore just before I heaved the load into my car.... but stupidly didn't put the box down. As I heaved it into my car I felt an electric like a gentle electric jolt on the left hand side of my lower back. I had no symptoms for three days and then my the muscles on my upper back, lower back and left leg seized up. My body was like a sickly ache. I could only walk slowly and couldn't bend. I treated it with rest and ice. After ten days of walking carefully and taking it easy it had gone away. I was so relieved. A week later I had to move house. My parents did most the heavy lifting but I did carry some boxes. Two days later the pain was back for another seven days. I again treated it with rest and ice. I promised myself I would be super careful from then on. But alas a week later I took a printmaking lesson, leaned forward...... the pain came back the next day and the pain has been present and increasing ever since. It seems to be getting worse as time goes on. The soft tissue in my lower back, to the side of my lower back and my buttocks are really inflamed. The surface of my skin in that area is even so sore I can barely touch it. The pain is like pressing my hand into a fresh bruise x 100. I saw a physiotherapist around two months ago but the stretching exercise made the pain 10x worse afterwards, so on her advice I stopped. I also saw a gentle chiropractor but although he worked on getting the muscles working and bones in place.... the inflammation didn't go down. I feel like I have done soft tissue damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments or joints on the left hand side of my spine/buttocks? I think possibly they were initially trying to heal but I have reinjured them twice and now the inflammation won't go down? This can't be helped by the fact I am not a very fit person. I am now on anti-inflammatories. painkillers and morphine. These have helped with the pain, but has not helped me to determine the cause or choose treatment. No position I stand in or lie in relieves the pain. I am having an MRI scan in a few weeks and seeing a back expert, and am hoping that the cause of the pain will show up on my MRI. Every G.P I see feels it is a disc issue, but my xray came back with good placement between the verterbrae. I have been trying to search the internet for information on soft tissue damage, but it is really challenging to find any information. I am making sure I do gentle walks around my house, sleep well and I lie for 20 minutes every hour in the positions the physio's gave me to keep the pressure off my spine (although it doesn't seem to help). I am also doing a simple exercise to tighten my inner core muscle. Hopefully this is helping? My chiropractor felt I had sprained or torn a muscle on the left hand side of my lower spine? Could this be it? Any information or insight would help. Kind regards, Chrissie

Q: Is there any help on scar tissue pain after three back surgeries in the future to get rid of the scar tissue from coming back? I have pain every day with my lower right back area after three back surgeries. What can been done for the pain? Thanks, Carolyn

Q: Hello Sensei. Thank you for the site. I'm a 40 yr. old male with a history of chronic pain (about 18 yrs. now) in the low back, hips, butt, neck, and shoulders. I've seen orthopedic doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, and rolfers with minimal overall relief. I have a history of aggressive athletics (skiing, cycling, mountaineering, weight lifting). I have a flat lumbar curve, over-developed quadriceps and abdominals, and a posteriorly-rotated pelvis. I'm a writer so I spend a lot of time seated in front of a computer. After moving Recently, the pain became more acute. X-rays show fairly advanced degenerative disc disease throughout the spine, scoliosis, and a laterally tilted shoulder girdle and pelvis. My current practitioner (a chiropractor) has prescribed an 18 week course of chiropractic adjustments. I believe there is a psycho-somatic component to my pain (I'm currently suffering the Nocebo effect from viewing the films), but my spine looks pretty bad too. I'd like to believe the pain is purely somatic but I'm fairly certain there's a physiological component as well. At this point, would you recommend I see a traditional doctor for a second opinion of the films? Or perhaps have an MRI? Thanks again. Best, Joe

Q: I have very tight back muscles near my scapula and all the way till my low back. Please help me by any suggestions. Thanks Teja

Q: I HAVE COMPRESSION IN THE SCIATIC NERVE. MY DR WANTS TO EITHER DO THE INJECTION OR LASER TREATMENT. YOUR KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERIENCES WITH THESE TWO TYPES OF TREATMENT WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU, PAULA

Q: I am 26 and i think from research that i am suffering from severe herniated disc condition. i have visited numerous physiotherapists and the condition is getting worse. kindly advice me on the way forward if you will be so kind to please. Pamma

Q: Hi, I have really bad back pain in the lower lumbar region. This is mainly due to sitting at the PC every day. I've had the pain now for 3 years and it is getting worse each year. I've had chiropractic along with massage - these things only showed minor relief. The x-ray showed that the disk between vertebra 3 and 4 is crushed due to the extended periods of time sitting at the PC. What I'd like to know is what are the viable solutions. What I need is something that really does work. You mentioned something worked for you - what was that. Thanks for putting this informative website together. best regards, John

Q: Hello,I have severe stabbing back pain from neck to lower back. I have done physical therapy and also been treated by a Chiropractor but I have not recovered in the last 6 months. Sometimes I also have burning pain but mostly stabbing pain. Could you please help me? Reema

Q: Was wondering what you currently do for your neck pain? I have a bulging disc in c3-4 and ddd in c5-6 and c6-7.....have had injections, but recently both sides have inflamed due improper weight training.......does this inflammation reduce over time with ice and possible nsaids along with posture correction.....? Thank you for any and all advice......Joe

Q: What are the best vitamins, minerals, etc. for recovery from broken back? Suzanne

Q: Hi. i am 62 years old and currently i am having extreme pain in my lower back i am unable to walk. I am able to sit properly in any pose. I consulted the doctor and he told me to get operated. He told me that the fluid between the vertebraes have degenerated making the bones stick to each other and press the spinal cord. So saw the MRI and told me that he will be removing my last bone vertebrae making space for the others. Kindly let me know what to do as it would be a major surgery. Rakesh

Q: IN 2002 I BROKE MY BACK AND MY NECK IN 3 PLACE I HAD NO MOVEMENT FOR AROUND 3 MONTHS DUE TO A CAR CRASH. I LIVE ON TRAMADOL AND OTHER PAIN KILLERS. 24 HOURS A DAY IN PAIN NUMBNESS OF THE LEGS TINGLING DOWN MY LEFT SIDE OF MY BODY ESPECIALLY MY ARM AND FINGERS, CAN NOT LIFT ANYTHING EVEN A DRINK WITH THIS HAND. I GET TREMORS WHICH I CANNOT CONTROL IN BOTH LEGS AND PAIN AND NEEDLES. MY HURTS AND IS STIFF LIMITED MOVEMENT. PAIN MANAGEMENT IS NO HELP. WHAT CAN YOU RECOMMEND IF ANY THING WOULD LIKE TO STOP TAKE THESE DRUGS AS THEY CAUSE ME TO BE LIFELESS AND TRIED ALL THE TIME BUT CANNOT SLEEP WELL HAVE TO KEEP MOVING OTHER WISE NUMBNESS INCREASE. PAIN MANAGEMENT PUT ME OR MORPHINE WHICH IS A NIGHTMARE. JOANNE

Q: After reading and re-reading portions of your book, I started writing a depth journal 4 weeks ago to this day. I've been committed to writing at least 20 minutes a day (often more), and I write down with an emphasis on how I "feel" in the past, present and in regard to my pain-prone personality. I've made some discoveries (e.g. that my intense internal anger is rooted in having an alcoholic parent growing up) but I'm frustrated that my physical symptoms have not seemed to improve. I have constant muscle spasms (tightness) in my thoracic back, shoulders and chest. Before reading your book, I had been to everyone from osteopath to neurologist, all of whom said it wasn't anything major--"muscle spasms" as they could tell. I always thought my back problems were caused significantly by emotional stresses in my life. I'm frustrated though that, after plotting my pain index for the first month, the pain goes up a little, then down a little, and so on, without any pattern of decrease of pain. Is this normal to experience 4 weeks into the program? I was hoping to see a steady decrease in my pain and stiffness by now. I've had a lot of emotional pain, anxiety, anger and so on for the past 8 years at least, so I'm wondering if it might take longer for me to notice the changes. Your thoughts? Thank you! Ryan

Q: Hi...I don't know if you can help me but I am going to give it a try. I am 17 years old and I recently been getting these horrible bad pains.. I have this blue mark on my lower back on the right side , it's been there for a while but I've learned when i put my finger on it, it sinks and it hurts too :( .... plz help. any answer. thanks Tia

Q: Dear Sensei Rostocki, I was diagnosed with Myofascial pain syndrome 3 years ago and the symptoms are horrendous. Throughout this time, I have continued to study karate(encouraged by my medics) and can only say how much benefit (spiritual, physical and discipline) that the art has brought to me. In terms of the psychological benefits, that's right up there too.I have to adapt certain stances/drills but it's never been an issue and my instructor is great. What I have found distressing (adding to the MPS) is my employers disgusting assumption that if you are disabled then you cannot possibly be doing karate.It is a prejudice that has caused significant stress for me and I just wondered if you or any of your members have suffered the same kind of discrimination that I have because I can do karate with a disability ? I would love to know what your thoughts are on this. Regards. Mrs. P.

Comment: i am suffering back pain last 6 months. my back pain is under both sides. i can't sleep straight, i cannot sit. burning my stomach. pain under my left side feet. chandra

Comment: Bodybuilder 26 yrs old. 3 yrs ago pulled back doing behind the neck pull ups, noticed a prominent indentation on my lower left lat, the pain would be intense for about 5-10 seconds and couldn't breath. i stopped doing pull ups and leg raises this would also set it off. I can feel pain there doing most things but not the intense pain unless I do the exercises mentioned. I have had about 12 physio session but on the last 1 she said there is nothing else she could do. Ross

Q: I will tell you a very short version. In 1979 about I had a discectomy, following this I had a pulmonary embolism due to inactivity and bed rest. Then in 1981 I had a spinal fusion and a laminectomy, following I had nothing but pain and problems. I went to see yet another surgeon and he told me the previous surgery was as raw as if they had done it a few days prior....I never healed. He then scraped that out and put in a loque ring and again used hip bone for fusion. This procedure was the only one he did that failed. I have survived using scooters, walkers, canes etc... but now I have the vertebrae above the loque ring starting to protrude out from the back, I can almost hang a coat on it. I am in pain all the time, the morphine pump I have does very little, oral morphine as well does littles=, as well as toradol. I hurt all the time, I have sciatica most of the time, the only time I get a couple days of relief is when I have a reflexology treatment. I am in sad shape and am not sure how much longer I can do this. I just finished radiation treatment for breast cancer and have had my fill and more of hospitals and all.... please help me. If there is something I can take to help dissolve this or something I can do to help get rid of it please please tell me. I am desperate.I need your help, Please tell me what I can do. I thank you in advance reading this yours truly, terribly deformed and aching. marianne

Q: i have been suffering from chronic back pain for about year and a half. i stud up at work and went down with pain in my low back on left side with pain going down my left leg including my foot. my work is customer service in a call center so sitting down for 8 hours. i have had 5 clean mri's and no one has been able to give me any insight on what is going on with me. i have had multiple cortisone shots, nerve blocks, radio frequency, pumice injections (lava rock), acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractors, nerve conduction test and after all this there was no relief for my pain and am still seeing many different doctors that use me as pin cushion and after a while just refer me to some one else with explanation we don't know. any prolonged sitting, standing or walking (more than 15 min) causes my pain to increase a lot. my question is can this be caused by my sitting at work for prolonged hours and what might this be since so far no one knows. thank you for reading. Mihajlo

Q: Hi Sensei, I am desperate to find some relief from my back pain and have the opportunity to enjoy life again. I have experienced symptoms of CFS and FMS since my early twenties following a career in competitive cycling which ended after over training with flu like illness. It wasn't until my lid twenties however, after the birth of my 1st child that I began experiencing low back pain. This worsened considerably in my mid thirties and has been extremely debilitating for the last 3 years. I have had numerous tests and therapies all without any real success. I have good and bad days but tend to be in pain most of the time. I'm naturally reluctant to accept that my pain may be psychosomatic but can't ignore the fact that my pain is often much better while on holiday and worsens again when I return, coincidence, not sure? I'm going to purchase your ebook and give it a go. I guess I have nothing to lose. I worry about my motivation. I'm chronically tired and in pain and have 3 young children to care for and I question how strong I am and if I can really make this work. My question: do you believe I can improve my low back pain and fibromyalgia symptoms through following the advice in your book. Do I sound like a good candidate? Many thanks in advance. regards, Danielle

Q: Hi Sir,I have recently had the bowen technique done but on previous sessions I never had problems. I am 29 and male in general good health and not overweight. I have been to Poland for tests and nothing has showed up. I am from Northern Ireland and in extreme pain to the point that I feel like dying!! I am extremely interested in your comment about the pain you experienced in the diaphragm muscle and around that area and how the pain affected your back too. The bowen teacher told me he was trying to loosen the myofascial which is muscle and tissue around my intercostal and diaphragm/xipoid area. But the area is extremely tight and sore and my skin is dry/red and inflammed with tiny veins surfacing can you please help and give me your opinion who I should see about diaphragm problems and what I should do. Please Please email back, Sean

Comment: hi had pain for 10 years off work for 2 years. learned that was able to work with the pain. when i am busy, nearly all the time, i do not notice the pain as much. worse when at rest as i feel it more burning ache all over neck, back, hips. tight muscles in back and neck. tried everything take tramadol 2 x 3 times a day but work 5 days a week valeting cars. i always have this pain any help would be welcomed i have seen 2 uk pain specialists just say its fibromyalgia. nothing they can do. kind regards darren.

Q: Hi there-My name is Debbie and Ive had 7 spinal surgeries and I'm terrified because I don't think it's long until I have to endure no.8. I had L-4 L5 fused in Nov.92 - The fusion failed so it was fused again in May 93. Started having problems again in 94 so we took out the hardware. A week later I got really sick and I had picked up resistant staff infection and he went back in to surgically wash it and was in the Hospital for 2 weeks. All went well until 2002 and my neck started hurting so I went and had a cat scan and I had facet disease, stenosis and degenerating disc disease at C2 through C5. He fused the worst one C4-C5. It worked about a year - Then I was referred on to a cervical spine specialist. He took out the hardware and did an anterior fusion 3 through 6. I went home and a week later I had pain that was unreal - Went back to the hospital and was admitted and had a myelagram and it felt like they blew my brains out. My Doc came in my room about 3 hours later along with his PA and a neuro and said "Sweetheart your neck is a hell of a mess" There was so much stenosis they couldn't force the dye in the myelogram past C5-C6. The next day they did a posterial fusion C2 through C7. Now I'm having bad neck pain again and my hands shake terrible. I know this spine and I promise you its stenosis. I am terrified - How are they gonna get in there with all the hardware? I am so tired of it all. Any ideas? Debbie

Q: I HAVE BEEN SUFFERING WITH DDD SINCE MID 90's AND HERE IT IS 2010 AND I HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL OF THE NON EVASIVE TREATMENTS INCLUDING TWO DISCOGRAMS WITH TWO DIFFERENT PAIN SPECIALIST WHO BOTH HAVE SAID I AM A EXCELLENT CANDIDATE FOR A FUSION. I WAS DENIED SURGERY TWO DAYS BEFORE MY SURGERY AND SO THERE WAS A PEER TO PEER AND WAS STILL DENIED AND THEN A WRITTEN APPEAL AND THEN A EXTERNAL EXPEDITED APPEAL AND THEY HAVE ALL BEEN DENIED. I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY FOUR DOCTORS IT IS NOT A PSYCHOSOMATIC PROBLEM AND THAT I DO NOT NEED TO HAVE THERAPY. I ALSO WORK IN A PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL AND I WORK WITH PTS ON THE FLOOR DOING COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY. I USE THE SAME AT HOME TO RELEASE THE PAIN AND I WORK WITH THERAPIST AT MY JOB AND THEY HAVE SAID IT IS NOT IN YOUR HEAD YOU DO HAVE ACTUAL BACK PROBLEMS. I DEFINITELY HAVE PROBLEMS IN MY BACK BUT DUE TO THE MILLENNIUM CRITERIA I DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA. I AM STILL GETTING OTHER OPINIONS. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST I SO NEXT. I AM NOT WILLING TO STOP DOING THING I ENJOY EVEN WHEN I SUFFER AFTER WORDS I AM TO YOUNG AND I LOVE WORKING IN MY YARD DOING HOUSE WORK AND GOING ATV'ING WITH MY HUSBAND WHICH ALL OF THESE THINGS I SUFFER WITH SEVER PAIN AND I AM DOWN FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS WHEN I AM DONE. I AM AT A LOSS AT THIS POINT ON WHAT TO DO. I HOPE TO HERE FROM YOU FOR YOUR SUGGESTION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. JULIE

Comment: At the age of 18 I herniated two of my lower lumbar verts. in a work comp accident. After a year of my doctor "trying" to help me (load me up on any and all pain meds he could think of) along with two failed epidurals and acupuncture he said that a posterior and anterior spinal fusion was the only option to help me. The surgeries were painful and recovery was very difficult but I made it through. I am now 25 years old and my back is beginning to ache even worse than before. I feel like someone is stabbing me repeatedly throughout my lower back, but I am SSOOO scared because now I feel the pain going higher in my spine. I tried to find my doctor that performed the surgery only to find out that he has fled the country for fraud and possible murder for hire......just my luck right? I have gone to the ER to see if they can help me but all they want to do is give me pain meds and send me home....I'm not a drug seeking nimrod....why won't anyone take a look and see what is really wrong instead of try to get me loaded? Today I went and visited another spine specialist only to hear that the "xray" shows everything is ok...but that he thinks that the screws on my lower lumbar levels are to low and "maybe" causing my pain...but I need to wait another month in pain and if it doesn't go away then maybe I can have an MRI. I wish I would have been given other options other than this surgery...the way they painted it this was the only choice and it breaks my heart to know that it wasn't. I'm scared for the future of my spinal health and I just don't know what to do. Each day that goes by the pain just seems to get worse and a new symptom crawls out of the woodwork...please help me. Tatiana

Q: I have had 2 spinal fusions over the last 6 years. I seemed to be doing well until I fell really hard in January of 2010. The EMG and MRI were abnormal. My doc removed the hardware 6 months later and cleaned up alot of adhesions around the nerves as I started having terrible burning pain in my right leg. Now 2 months post op the burning pain in my leg is back! I have the lumbar pain again but the leg pain debilitates me. This is what I had the surgery for in the first place. Please explain what could have gone wrong? Sandy

Q: Hello, My name is Joe. I am a 39 year old male who has a spinal injury that I was unlucky enough to get in a training accident in Iraq 2007.I thought at the time I was properly insured. Now two years later my insurers are doing everything in their power not to pay out. I have caught them lying and cheating on numerous counts. Even lying to the financial ombudsman adjudicator. I have gathered a huge amount of evidence. Among the many excuses they are using for denial is "degeneration" I am at present trying to find a firm of solicitors or a barrister that is uniquely qualified to take this to court. It is very difficult finding one. Is it possible that you can help? I would be extremely grateful if you could. Many thanks, Joe

Comment: hi,just wanted to share my story. i have had severe back pain for 8 months now. i don't know what started it but it is getting worse. i saw my PCP (VA)in march for xrays and they turned up clean. my pain is in my lower back and left side (top of the pelvic bone). i can feel knots under the skins and nothing works for the pain. it is sharp constant pain, then dull and burning pain. sitting, standing, lying down all hurt. i sleep everywhere in the house and the only place that doesn't hurt as bad is the couch - not lying flat. if i twist with my feet planted it brings tears to my eyes. it takes me 10 minutes just to get out of bed in the morning but once i am up and going it seems to get better by bed time and then i dread going to bed because i will have to get up and go thru it again. oddly (according to dr.) is that it doesn't hurt when i walk. it actually relieves some of the pain but when i get finished there is a burning. i have another doctor appointment this month and i am going to ask for a scan or specialist because i just can't do this everyday without knowing why I have pain. i know others have had it alot longer and i am sorry for what you have gone through because it is just not right. - gloria

Q: Hello I'm from OH and I deal with a pinched nerve in my mid back due to trying to lift weights. one day I felt a sharp pain on my left side of my rib cage. I went to the family doctor and sent me to the clinic and they took an MRI of my back and found that the problem was that one of my nerves was getting pinched. The only thing they did was give me cortisone shots in that area, but that only help for a while and the pain would come back. As of right now I go to a chiropractor twice a week it helps, but doesn't solve the problem. What do you recommend needs done in order for this pain to go away permanently? Thanks, Mike

Q: Hello, I am suffering from Cervical spondylsis pain in my neck and shoulders and I also suffer from pain in my lower back on the left side of the spine. I have consulted many doctors who either prescribed some medicines or physiotherapy which doesn't help much. I am very frustrated due to this continuous pain, please help to find some cure permanently. Regards, Kapil


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