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Back pain since giving birth
becker40 posted:
Im 27 years old, and ever since 2008 when I gave birth to my son through an emergency C-section, I have had severe middle back pain! I have had an epidural, MRI, CT scan, accupuncture, massages, TENS units, hot/cold packs, chiropractors, and have been prescribed Oxycontin and muscle relaxers. ALL tests came back NORMAL, and nothing seems to help the pain. Im in severe pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I cant walk more than a few steps without severe pain and shortness of breath. I can't do normal everyday tasks such as dishes, laundry, or play outside with my son. It affects my sleep and wakes me up at night. I have thoughts of suicide everyday, just so i dont have to live in pain anymore. I cry myself to sleep wondering if my doctors really care to help me anymore. I have become severely depressed and don't enjoy leaving my house. I had to quit my 6 day a week job and got a 3 day a week minimal work job because of this. Please, anybody have suggestions or tips???
davedsel57 responded:
Hello. I'm sorry to read all you have gone through but I fully understand.

Have you seen a pain management specialist? You should also consider getting the opinion of other spine specialists. Read through this Tip that is at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community:
This tip gives you the recommended steps for diagnosing and treating back pain.

I understand about the emotional/psychological aspects of chronic pain. There are mental health professionals that deal specifically with patients dealing with chronic pain. It may be beneficial for you to seek this type of specialist as well.

Please remember that your son needs you and loves you unconditionally. Hang on for his sake as well as your own. Keep doing your research, keep moving as much as possible ad do your best to keep a positive attitude.

I pray you can find answers and relief soon.
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Becker,

I hope that Dave's response was helpful to you. I am glad you found us and that you're reaching out for help. And I hope, like Dave, that you will consider therapy. You need and deserve real support through this, along with real pain management (which can include cognitive behavior therapy).
mellycooper responded:
I know how you feel. I'm older than you, but after I had my kids, I had alot of back pain as well. However, it went away over time, but now is back worse than ever!
Trying to figure things out!

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