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Back / Hip Pain
klav99 posted:
I was hoping someone could help! I am a 35 Year Old Female. For about 2 and a half years now, I have been having pain in my lower back and hio. My ortho sent me for an MRI and he said I had Spondylolisthesis. He treated it with Physical Therapy (which didn't work) and with Pain meds. He retired about a year and a half ago and I can't find someone who will treat me because its a "Chronic Condition. I was finally sent to a pain clinic. The Dr there wants me to have Facet injections and I am so afraid to try that. I have had some cortisone injections that have done nothing. I went back to my Family Practitioner who said it sounds like I could also have a touch of arthritis in my back and hips so she set up an appt for me to see a rhrumatologist. Anyone experience anything like this? It no that I want pain meds but that seems like the only thing that helped. I am in so much pain! When I did have the pain meds I would only take 1/2 a pill at a time instead of a whole one that was prescribed. I haven't asked any Dr for them because they make you feel like your a drug addict! lol Any opinions would be appreciated!

xperky responded:
See that rheumatologist! It is possible you have a treatable disease. Another option might be to try physical therapy for your back pain. But don't feel bad if you need pain medication. Many of us do.
klav99 replied to xperky's response:
Thank You! I did Physical Therapy for 4 months and it didn't work It was costing me $40.00 a week out of pocket and did nothing for me! What pain meds have you been prescribed?
xperky replied to klav99's response:
I think the fact the physical therapy didn't help is another bit of information for the rheumy, when you see one.

I currently take Tramadol, carisoprodol and diclofenac for my pain. It all helps me quite a bit. I take as little as possible to remain semi-active and hope I won't need more over time. That's part of why I'm trying methotrexate. I hope it will work and that I'll be able to decrease other medicines.

These are all serious medicines which need to be monitored by a doctor. Our poor bodies, livers and kidneys take a beating!

I hope you are feeling OK today.
CrystalLarel responded:
Hi Kristen,

I'm sorry you are hurting. I can relate, had unexplained back pain for two years before my hands started to hurt and I finally got a blood test confirming arthritis. I am a 32 year old full time teacher and I have a 16 month old baby. I don't have time for pain but it's not up to me. I have been down the road you are on and I too felt like I was being treated like a "seeker" or someone who just wants pain medicine. I was actually questioned about my pill use by a a waiting room! That violates my HIPPA Rights (pretty sure that's the acronym) pretty badly, I had to tell her that the duration of the pill and the amount I was given adds up and I should have been out! I had to break it down like I talk to a high school student. That is not how I want to talk to the people in charge of my health. I then went on to "doctor shop" and finally found a family doctor who listened to me. I now have a team of three amazing doctors who listen to me, I am after all, the only person who can feel my pain! My team includes: a family doctor, a rheumatologist, and a pain management specialist. My pain management doctor manages my medicine, thats all! I refuse to live my life in pain and if that means taking medicine then so be it. I've had five different types of injections in my low spine, none of them worked. I've had to try several types of RA medication to find what works. I've tried Himura, Embrel, and now I get remicade injections (pardon the spelling of the meds), I'm hoping that will work but if it doesn't I will continue to work with my rheumatologist to figure it out. That is on top of Methotrexate, Vitamin D, Folic Acid. These are just to treat the RA. I tried Prednzone and it didn't do anything for me (except make me fat and husband asked when I would be off it). I ALSO take other pain meds such as tramadol, hydrocodone, gabapentin, Robaxin (muscle relaxer). DO NOT feel bad for wanting to live without pain. I am hoping the remicade will allow me to lower the other pain meds I take but until it does my daughter needs to be picked up out of her crib, fed, carried, changed, my high school students need me walking around answering questions, taking care of them, monitoring the halls, and I've got laundry, dishes, and a husband who can't do it all alone (though he does more than his fair share). I can't live the live I've chosen and be in pain, no one should have to! I have honest discussions with my doctors about addiction, and told them I'm not comfortable with that word. They told me I'm not n addict, I'm dependent on the meds and there is a big difference. Addicts lie and will do anything for a high, I want pain relief, not a "high." I am no where near an addict. I am honest with my doctor and we problem solve together about what works and what doesn't.I feel better after talking to them about my concerns with medicines, they know the research on addiction and actually do deal with real addicts. You are not an addict, far from it. Talk to your doctor about how you feel and you should figure out what works together. You should know that I started out with low amounts of pain medicine built up a tolerance to the medicine, it won't work as well and you will need more just to get the same relief. My doctors move different medicines down and others up, it's a science, but it works. I have a good relationship with my doctors and trust them. I have to.

Education is power, I encourage you to research chronic pain and learn all you can not only about drug dependency but your condition as well. You are becoming a part of a group no one wants to but we don't have a choice, learn all you can about it, posting here was an excellent way to start acquiring knowledge.

I hope I've given you some useful information even if it is the fact that you are not crazy, alone, or seeking medication. Take care of yourself. Remember you are your best advocate.

God Bless, Crystal
klav99 replied to CrystalLarel's response:

Thank You so much for your reply! I'm glad to know that I am nnot going crazy. When I was seeing my ortho before he retired he was giving me Percocet which was really helping! I am not one that wants to get a "high" either. If I was in pain at work (I sit at a desk for 8 hrs and sometimes sitting too long brings on my back and hip pain) I would take 1/2 of a percocet then maybe 2 hrs later take the other half, or was going to have to be alone with my kids (2 boys, 7 & 8, very active) I would do the same thing. Other times when I knew my husband would be around etc I would take the correct amount. When I would see my ortho and he asked if I needed a refill, sometimes I was afraid to say yes because I didn't want him to think I just "wanted" them. Its all so frustrating and I think I just have to get past what doctors will think because I know what my pain is and have had an MRI and it was diagnosed. If it can be treated without pain meds thats great too! Sorry if I am rambling on but I just felt you understood what I have been going through! Thanks for listening


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