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    Lower Back & Hip Pain....
    klav99 posted:
    Hi all,
    I am a 35 y.o. female & after dealing with lower back & hip pain for about 3 years I may finally have a real diagnosis! In the past, I have been told it was both Spondy and/or Arthritis by different doctors. I have had xrays of my hip and an MRI of my back but never an xray of my spine. It has been very difficult to find a doctor that deals with chroninc back issues! This week I was referred to an ortho who did an xray of my spine and found that my last vertabrae was never formed correctly. He is referring me to a spine surgeon who will most likely set me up with a pain management specialist. He also said he is 95% sure that I won't need surgery. Does anyone know the medical term for this condition? I feel relieved that they found this but still frustrated because I am in so much pain! Sitting at my desk at work for 8 hours a day, (sitting anywhere for an extended period of time), laying down also hurts. I have been experiencing spasms when trying to get up after laying down also. I have been prescribed 2 different anti immflamatories (Naproxen & Meloxicam) but neither has done anything. I have also been through a few months of PT which has also not helped. My Doc gave me Tylenol with codeine which helps a little at night but can't take that during the day. She said they don't like to precscribe narcotics. This is the problem I run in to! Sorry for rambling but I am so frustrated! Any input at all would be appreciated!

    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Kristen - not sure if you have posted before, if not, welcome to the support group and if you have, welcome back!

    glad that you are getting results and hopefully a good treatment plan. Unfortunately, we no longer have professional physicians on this site for extended questions/treatments like what you are asking. I'm sorry about this so it would be in your best interest to ask for copies of all tests that have been done - the films and the written reports plus all doctor notes etc. this way you will have your own "library" of your back history.

    for spine issues its best to see either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist as they are the only ones that can read film results (MRI/CT Scan/X-ray's etc) and can properly make a diagnosis.

    The best type of pain management (my opinion) is a PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist -

    they treat pains from the pain up and not from the symptoms (as most pain clinics do).

    You can do a search in your area to see if there any Pain Clinics that are PHYSIATRIST and if you don't need a referral then make the appointment yourself. You will need to have copies of all your films/written reports on your first visit. I have been seeing my PHYSIATRIST Pain doc now since 11/08 and they have really treated me great and know how to treat my pains.

    In the meantime, call the doc's office and ask the nurse what the diagnosis/terminology is and let us know. we can research some good sites for you to review etc.

    Let us know as soon as you call and get the diagnosis~~
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    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

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