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    soooo frustrated!
    rossgirl posted:
    So, I have been having low back pain for a while, that has been getting progressively worse and more often. I have a constant aching in my lower back that is sometimes not too bad but other times it is really bad and regardless of how it starts at the beginning of the day, it is pretty bad by the end of the day after doing all i have to do all day as a stay at home mom with a toddler. i also have days that the pain gets sharp and goes around my hip and down the front of my thigh. the newest developement has been spasms on the right side of my lower back that feel kinda like someone sticking me with a knife. i went to a specialist, who did an xray, said there was a little bit of arthritis (which obviously doesn NOT explain all the symptoms) and told me to do exercises to strengthen my core and id be fine. i went back to my pcp, who agreed that this didnt explain half of my symptoms. she sent me for an mri. the report she got back from the mri said that it showed 2 bulging discs. so she sent me to a different specialist. i brought him a copy of the mri. he looked at it, took more xrays, "listened" to my symptoms and said "everything looks 100% normal except for a little arthritis. do these exercises to strengthen your core and you'll be fine". really? again with ignoring half my symptoms? and how did the mri that showed 2 bulgin discs suddenly become 100% normal??? i asked him how do i manage the pain in the interim, enough to do these exercises. thats when he went off on me with this massive lecture about the dangers and addictivness of narcotics. then he prescribed me to take 500mg naproxen twice a day. thats a full gram of naproxen a day! that stuff causes thousands of deaths a year from internal bleeding! definitely the safer way to go, right? and it doesnt even help my pain! i am so frustrated with these doctors who are not paying attention to what i am telling them. i feel like they are blowing me off and treating me like some druggie looking for a fix. i just want pain relief enough to be able to do the things i need and want to do. i feel like just because the reason for my symptoms is not immediately obvious to them, they just rule those out as being in my head. HELP!!!!!!!
    davedsel responded:

    I am sorry you are going through this and fully understand.

    Please read through the Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists recommended steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated. You do not say what type of specialists you have seen. The best for back problems are spinal orthopedic surgeons and spinal neurosurgeons. While surgery is always a last resort, these doctors are better able to diagnose what is causing your symptoms and recommend a good treatment plan. Once you have a diagnosis, you should then see a pain management specialist that is a physiatrist. These doctors offer a wide variety of methods the can help reduce your symptoms.

    I pray you can get answers and relief soon.
    Click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.


    rossgirl replied to davedsel's response:
    sadly, both the specialists i have gone to were orthopedic specialists
    dollbug replied to rossgirl's response:
    Hello rossgirl. I am MiMi from NC...I normally post on the FM community but I do roam other sites as well and read posts. I was reading your post and wanted to share with you what I found out about my lower back pain. I had it for some time and was sent to several different specialists. No one could find anything which was causing the lower back pain I had. I do have kidney stones in both kidneys but the doctor said he did NOT think they were causing my *severe pain*. The only relief I got was when I was using a heating pad.

    Look up P5P and see what it is and what it does. I tried this. You have to get it at a vitamin store. I did research on this and then went to the vitamin store and spoke with the man there about it. He told me that IF it was going to help me that I would know by the end of taking my first bottle. I got the capsule form and starting taking it and within 2 weeks my back pain was much better I could NOT even believe this.

    I have been taking it now for 7 months and as long as I take it every 24 hours I have very little pain now. If I miss a dose or forget to take pain returns.

    I would also suggest that you also try Stopain Spray. You can find it over the counter at most any drug store or walmart. It is good stuff.

    I would also like to suggest that perhaps you should ask the doctor about also checking your Vitamin D level....which is important to a lot of people these days. Again, do your own research and speak to your doctor about this. Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well.

    Good luck. I hope you find something that will help.

    trs1960 responded:
    I can't find the book, but there's a famous doctor by the name of Adams that worked in pain management centers/hospitals in the US and Canada. He beloved that straight morphine was the best analgesic. People think opiads are death when Tylenol and beer is a more likely killer.

    I love all these drug commercials where the disclaimers take as much time as the advertising. Of course right after that there are the lawyers commercials for bad drug call...

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