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    Lower back pain
    phere posted:
    I am wonder what could cause my lower back to hurt badly when standing over for over 30 mins. Benn dealing with it for about 2 years. The longer i stand, the worse it gets. I take a lot of Ibuprofen, about 16 200mg tablets a day. Its hurting my belly and not helping anymore. I work in a kitchen, pulling 8+hr shifts with no sitting. The pain is almost unbearable, and im constantly moving into different positions while standing to try and ease it. People notice. The pain is still there when sitting, just worse when standing. It is kind of embarrassing. I have psoriasis (diagnosed when i was a kid.) and genital herpes. Should i go to a DR, i mean, im a father of 2, and husband of a mentally disabled wife. My health insurance is bad, at best, and i really cant miss work. We just scrape by. One more thing, like once a month or once every 2 months, i get a SHOCKING pain, like so intense, im crying. I cant put on my pants without screaming. It only lasts about a day, but it is recurring, so i dunno what it is. Im just looking for some input. Thanks in advance.
    bj1208 responded:
    hi and welcome to the support group -

    you should see either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - they are the only ones that can diagnose and offer the best treatment plans available - they will more than likely order MRI, CT Scans etc., so they can see what's going on with your back - once that has been diagnosed they can offer treatment options (physical therapy, pain management etc.)

    please keep us posted - take care - Joy
    phere replied to bj1208's response:
    Well, according to my limited-heath care plan, i only have one choice. A Neurology MD that is listed. Should i make an appointment? Or should i just go to a regular doctor.
    bj1208 replied to phere's response:
    a Neurology MD is not what you need - see if you can get a referral to either an Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - these are the only ones that can fully diagnose and treat back/'neck problems - if your insurance allows the referral then speak with your primary care physician and have him/her refer you -

    they may order tests (MRI, CT Scan etc) so they can see what is going on with your back - and they can offer the best treatment options -

    hope this helps - keep us posted - take care - Joy

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