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    sunlitapple posted:
    Hello all, I am a 31 year old woman that has been dealing with severe back pain for over 3 years! I have had 3 MRI's which all show that I have a Herniated L5 Disc and I also have Sciatica. I have been dealing with doctors that seem to think that I am not in as much pain as I really am. I am currently on Tramadol(doesnt do anything) Flexarall, Naproxen, Cymbalta Lidoderm patches. I have also used Valiums and Neurontin which haven't helped. I finally got a referral 6 months ago to an orthopedic surgeon who sent me to physical therapy for the 7th time in 3 years(doesn't help) and also sent me for epidural shots that didn't help either. I have good days but alot of bad days where I can't stand for more then 5 minutes at a time. I really don't know what to do it is hard to find any good doctors when you are on state insurance, no one wants to help you even when you do tell them everything you are trying doesn't help. I haven't been able to work in 2 years cause of the pain! If anyone can give me any suggestions to what to do I would appreciate it!
    bj1208 responded:
    hi SUNLITAPPLE - welcome to the support group -

    I'm sorry you have had to go thru so much and so many doc's that don't hear or understand.

    sometimes we must search and search until we can find the right doc to help and seeing the right kind makes all the difference. It's best to see either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist (different than Orthopedic Surgeon) or a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - must make sure they are spine specialist as there is a big difference between them and just surgeons. And Spine Specialist are the only ones that can accurately read film reports (MRI/CT Scan etc) give you a complete diagnosis with treatment options. you already have your diagnosis with the herniation and nerve pains (sciatica) and you need to find a good doc and put your foot down.

    Seeing a good pain specialist is a benefit too. I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist (see link) they go deeper into pain management based on patient needs - they also have a set of spine specialist they work with so they may be able to refer you to one. They will review your past treatments, ask how those helped or not helped and take it from there. My Pain Doc won't do any treatments that failed in the past as they see it as a waist of ins money, their time and my time.

    One thing you must understand - YOU EMPLOY the doctors and it's your body so you have the final say as to what needs and should be done. We have the right to fire doc's and seek treatment with another.

    You can click on my name or pic and read my story and see how many times I have been thru what you are going thru - it's horrible that we have to live in pain with no one to hear us.

    please keep us posted what you find out~~
    ~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    daneille responded:
    Hi sunlitapple, I can totally relate, I hurt my back when I was 23 yrs old, no docs would do anything, due to my age.. I had anartificial disc replacement iwhen I turned 35 yrs old. At that time I worked in an emergency room, where I saw patients often after having back surgery. Scared the hell out of me. I swore I would never have back surgery. The day finally came, where I no longerwanted to live. The drs scrambled to help me. I am not suggesting you do this. Artificial disc replacement has come a long way since 2005 when mine was done. It was approved jn the us in 2004. The artificial disc slipped a few weeks after they put it in. My bone was soft from all the years of pain. They did not do a dexagram, because I was soo young. The scar tissue held it in, until 2011 when it slipped out and they fused it in. I am still in incredible amount of pain. The doctors told me (in my 20s) TO WAITAS as long as possible, because once they start cutting on your back, the levels above and below start to go bad. This is what i suggest. I am now 44yrs old and everydaay is tough. I suggest the duragesic patch and accupuncture. The spinal blocks burning nerevesdid not help me either. Idid vax d where they stretch your spine. It did miracles for me, until i slipped on my stairs and we went back to square 1. I saygetseveral opions and do tons of research on procedures, doctors, etc. After theydo surgery it cant be undone. And no other surgeon will take you after, the surg3on does aurgery. He is your surgeon. Do tons of homework. I am now completely disabled. I hope this helps..amounts of pain. No as bad as

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