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bejeanntte posted:
I HAVE A BACK PAIN FOR ABOUT 1 YEAR AND IS BECOMING MORE STRONG PAIN EVERY DAY .BUT I HAVE PAIN AND ALL OVER MY JOINS SO I THOUGHT COULD BE ARTHRITIS BUT MY BACK PAIN IS VERY BAD THE PAIN IS GOING ALL OVER MY LEGS TILL MY HILLS BUT MY LEFT ONE IS VERY BAD.I REALLY NEED SOME MD HELP BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE.
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shawbri1 responded:
Hi. I had this problem today. Except I've had lower back pain for four years now. I do have insurance, so I am seeing a pain doc and will soon see a surgeon. Maybe you should go to the ER and ask for help first. Then ask if they can help you get insurance of some kind. Idk. I'm sorry I can't be more help with the ins problem, but I wanted you to know you are not alone. Today, I took my Percocet and Gabapentin. But nothing seemed to touch my pain. I felt it all over like you said. I finally got some relief tonight, but I still hurt. It is a terrible thing to have that type of pain and nothing helps. I try warm showers, heating pad, muscle rub, Advil and my pain medication. But it still hurt. I hope you can find relief and also someone who can help you get insurance.
 
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Bejeanntte welcome to the support group

I can understand your pains and am sorry you are going thru this.

I would see if there is a teaching hospital near you as sometimes they have reduced fees and/or free services.

you really should see a spine specialist either Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. They will examine you give you a diagnosis and offer treatment program. They also have a pain management dept that will help.

you can use ibuprofen for back pains. May help leg pains but sounds like you may have a disc(s) that are pressing on a nerve root. When sleeping at nite use extra pillows between your knees when sleeping on your side or under your knees when sleeping on your back. This will help keep your spine more straight and may help reduce pains. Never never sleep on your stomach as this puts more pressure on your spine.

don't do any exercises unless you have a written script from either spine doc or pain doc as they would know what therapy you need.

keep us posted what you find out. Joy
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bejeanntte replied to shawbri1's response:
Thanks Shawbri1 I wish to have a health insurance to take care of my problem but even with help I have to pay a lot money that I don't have.I hope everything works out with you.Let me know how you doing.
 
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bejeanntte replied to bj1208's response:
Thanks so much bj1208,your story is shocking, hope you could finally get well because that pain is too much.thanks god you have health insurance.let us know how you doing.
 
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bj1208 replied to bejeanntte's response:
Yes I thank God everyday for everything that has gone on in my life - and also that I have 2 insurances' - hubby's is primary (Union) and Medicare is secondary - so I don't see any bills except at first of year for deductibles (hubby's is $250 and a traditional plan - old 80/20 co-insurance) so it is good.

I'm not doing very well with my back. I have not started to fuse (last fusion 12/13) and I have a fracture in the bone to the right of my fusion.

I have sought out another surgeon (she has found a lot of things old surgeon seems to have missed) so I am going to approach old surgeon and ask numerous questions (I mailed letter to him 8/1) so he wants to go over everythig plus wants to see new surgeons' films/records.

This makes 2nd failed fusion as I have continued pains worse than before first one.

Thanks for asking - keep us posted - Joy
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~


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